Friday, September 14, 2018

Girl Scouts learned the power of being mindful this summer!

Girl Scouts at Lynnhaven Middle School have learned the value of being mindful with the help of an enrichment series of activities. The program which was offered over the summer months included five sessions led by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast staff. During the series, girls shared their future plans, created daily journals and bonded with the group through activities that showed the girls they were capable of achieving anything they set their minds to.

“I love these activities because I can be creative,” Girl Scout Love Tate said. Love also enhanced her leadership skills during the series by leading the group in reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law at the beginning of the day.

The program at Lynnhaven Middle School was organized in partnership with the Achievable Dream Academy, a partnership that has existed for the past six months, according to Director of Middle School Program, Rachel Sadler.

“The Girl Scouts provides our girls with the opportunity to learn about themselves and how to interact positively with others, as well as experiences that they may not otherwise get to have,” Sadler said. “Girl Scouts provides them access to resources and activities that they would not ordinarily experience in their communities.”

According to education researchers, mindful awareness helps students with self-regulation, optimism, and planning and organizational skills. Many schools report children are more optimistic and have enhanced self-concepts after mindfulness training.

Thanks to the partnership with the academy and support from Women United, part of United Way South Hampton Roads, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast was able to serve more than 100 girls through this summer mindfulness enrichment program.