To earn the My Body Try-It, girls must go four activities. These activities can be combined into one troop meeting or individual girls can do them separately with some adult help. The Try-It Book for Brownie Girl Scouts gives you several ideas on how to go about learning different things about different parts of your body. My troop completed the activities below in one troop meeting and really enjoyed themselves. You can choose whatever parts you would like from my list or in the book, as long as they do four of the activities, they will earn this Try-It.
Before I started the meeting with snack or hand washing or pledge or anything, I told the girls what we would be working on that day. I discussed a little bit of how muscles work, where there are muscles in the body (everywhere!), what dreams are, and about pulse and having a fit body. From here I explained we would do different activities in that meeting to learn more about these things and earn the My Body Try-It.
In my troop, we always eat a snack at the start of every meeting. As the girls are washing their hands in the bathroom, I got them to do one part of this Try-It. We had this meeting at a church where there are several stalls and sinks in the restroom. As they lined up to wash their hands, I explained to them about the muscles in their face. I had them look into the mirror and smile, frown, chew, and make silly faces. Then I explained that all of those facial expressions can be done because they used muscles. After they dried off their hands, I had each girl look at each other. One girl would look in different directions only moving her eyes and not her face. The point was so that each girl can see eye movement and how muscles make the eyes move.
While we were all sitting down enjoying our snack, each girl went around the table and told about a dream they have had. I explained to them that the brain is working all the time, even when we sleep, and that is why we dream. The girls really enjoyed talking about their dreams and listening to other dreams.
The next step involves a little preplanning. Depending on troop size and how you want to do it, get poster board for the group or smaller pieces for each individual girl. You can either make up a large fitness wheel prior to the meeting or have each girl make her own during the meeting time. It is up to you whatever you have time for and wish to do. Either way, make a circle on the poster board and divide it up like a pie graph. If you are doing one as a group, try to make enough spaces for each girl. Let each girl think of an exercise or physical activity that they want to add to the wheel. If you have more than 10 girls in the troop, I would suggest each girl writing a couple things on paper and then filling them in the chart. Make only about 8 spaces and if girls pick the same things, you can brainstorm together to fill in the remaining spaces.
After the chart is complete, have the girls line up or get in a big circle (make sure your meeting place has space for this). Before the girls pick what activity they are going to do, you need to first explain about what pulse is and try to help them find their pulse in their wrist. They do not need to count beats per minute or anything like that. They only need to know what pulse is, where they can find it, and how is it beating (fast or slow) while they are resting. Once each girl can find their pulse, tell them they are going to do the activities and then feel their pulse again after they have done the activities on the fitness wheel.
Each girl will get a chance to pick one of the items on the fitness wheel. It is best if she closes her eyes and picks one to make it interesting. Do the chosen activity for a given time period and then have another girl choose one. Time for each activity depends on what you have time for. It is best to make sure each girl gets a chance to choose an activity. While they are working on their last exercise, tell them when you stop they will have to feel their pulse and see if it is faster or slower. Help them understand why if they do not know. Stop the activity and let them feel their pulse.
At this point, their Try-It has been completed. Make sure they all understand what they have done to earn this. They should also know more about their pulse, muscles, and dreams.
GSUSA. Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts. 2000.