Getting ready for Free Being Me
Five great activities to get ready for the Free Being Me badge
If you've got a Free Being Me session planned with your unit, you can introduce some of the themes and ideas with these 5 fantastic activity ideas.
1. Wall of inspiration
Set up a wall to display positive statements, inspiring pictures and ideas developed through the programme to help your girls feel empowered to be themselves. Encourage them to look for their own inspiration, too. You could also use the wall to help plan how the group can take the body-confidence message to their friends.
2. Secret friend
Allocate each girl a 'secret friend' at random from the group. During the Free Being Me sessions, they should find ways to make their secret friend feel good about themselves. Make sure everyone knows they shouldn't focus on appearance.
3. 'Treasure inside me' boxes
Ask everyone to make a small box using crafty bits and pieces. They should then secretly write positive messages in other girls' boxes. By the end, each girl should have a collection of empowering notes.
4. Movie night
Watch an age-appropriate film with your unit that shows a female character being true to herself, like Moana or Brave. Discuss how she was expected to be, and how she showed confidence in herself.
5. Caring friend necklace (activity from the Thousand Islands)
Make each leader a necklace containing five beads, and explain to the unit that each bead represents one of the words 'I am loving and caring'.
When a leader sees a girl do something thoughtful and considerate, they should quietly take off the necklace and put it around the girl's neck. She should then pass it on to someone else who has been loving and caring.