Young girls are willing to try anything especially if their peers, siblings, or parents are doing the same thing. It is important to get girls out on a field of play to keep them active and healthy while enjoying camaraderie with their friends. Brownie age girls may not yet be aware of playing sports but it is a good time to start them thinking about different sports. Trying to play a variety of sports will increase their awareness about the sport and also allow them to find out what they are good at and what they like to do. This can help in the future if they want to play on the basketball team or go out for swimming or whatever. Earning the Sports and Games Try-It is a fun way to get a troop together to start the process of extra-curricular activities for young girls.
To earn the Try-It, girls are required to complete four activities. This comes down to playing four different sports and games. This is best done as a troop to engage team play for each activity. You can choose any game or sport you want, but since the Try-It is about sports and games, try to include some of each in your program.
You can choose to complete this as a troop in a couple of different ways. Depending on your troop size, meeting duration, and meeting location, you need to choose what will work best for you. Review the following ideas for some tips on how to work this into your meetings.
– Plan a group outing to an ice skating or roller skating rink. This can be a fun time to learn about skating. Perhaps the workers at the rink can give demonstrations on how to start, stop, forward skate, move body properly, and fall down with the least amount of injuries.
– Use one troop meeting for this or plan a weekend afternoon of fun.
– If you are in a location with a local pool, plan a trip to the pool. Make sure there are lifeguards present and that they are willing to teach the girls some basics if necessary.
– This is about more than splashing in the water. They are trying to learn about the actual sport of it, so if someone present can teach them some strokes that would be helpful for this Try-It.
– This is a good sport to learn even if there are a smaller number of girls. It can also be set up almost anywhere and you do not really even need a net.
– Have someone teach the girls the basics of soccer and have them practice moving the ball a given length.
– Pick some classic run around games like tag, shadow tag, red rover, red light. Anything that gets the girls up and running. If they know a new spin on some of the games, try them out. As long as the game is an active one, use it!
To get the full value of each game or sport the girls are trying, it is probably best to do one at a time. So, use the activity time in one meeting to do one sport or game and then continue this at each meeting until all four requirements have been completed. Or, make special field trips to different locations to learn about the games and sports. Whatever you choose, make sure that in the end, you have time in a meeting to discuss with the girls which one they liked best, what they thought they were good at, and what they are interested in pursuing. This will really get them excited knowing that you care about what they enjoyed. Maybe, if there is a consensus, the troop will be able to participate in that sport or game at another time.
Remember: these are not the only sports and games you can choose from. If you enjoy volleyball and have enough girls to work on that sport- do it! Do whatever sports and games the girls may like. This makes it more fun for them.