Who you gonna call?

In the Brownie Adventure book, there is an activity about who can help you with things.

The activity as written is less exciting than it could be, so we adapted it slightly to make it more entertaining.

The basic premise is, for each problem listed, decide who to call for help – should it be 999? We added some overly dramatic acting, including what the person you call is going to do to help you.

The problems range from “you see a house on fire” (call 999 and ask for the fire service) to “your little brother has cut his finger” (wash it then put a plaster on it – help only required if you can’t find the first aid kit).

My favourite for overly dramatic acting was “you see someone breaking into a house”, which involved calling the police, followed by a car chase, dramatic arrest scene and a depressed thief being sent to jail.

On the other hand, my favourite for novel answers was “you need help with your homework”, which for the first time got the answer “ask Alexa!”. Which is an interesting insight into the younger generation’s relationship with technology. Previous groups of Brownies have said ask a parent or friend. We seem to have skipped the manual google search phase and gone straight to voice activated searching.

Is asking Alexa to do your homework cheating? Can you set Alexa to explain how to do something rather than saying what the answer is?

This week I’ve also been on a training event. I picked sessions with mental health focus, so in the morning I got an intro to mental health (both good and bad health), and how to spot signs of it in children, and in the afternoon I got a session on mindfulness and how to encourage it.

The intro session was excellent. The man running it works for a county council, focused on mental health in young people, so he was used to dealing with teachers and youth workers. He gave some very relevant examples and encouraged us to discuss things. It did feel slightly rushed, but that’s inevitable when you try to fit the whole of mental health into 2 hours. It definitely left me wanting to know more.

The mindfulness session was also good. It was mainly focused on how we as leaders could be more mindful, but did include a few things that could be done with children. Again, run by people who do a lot of work with schools, so very relevant.

And finally, because I managed to get through an entire week without taking a photo of a Guiding activity, here’s a gratuitous picture of a sign I saw the other day.


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