HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR COURAGE
TO HELP OUR PLANET?
It is clear that our beloved Earth needs our help.
However, it is also clear that nature has a lot to offer us, and our own lives become phenomenally more healthy the more time we spend in it.
boosts your immune system
lowers blood pressure
increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
increases energy level
In addition to all these health benefits, playing in nature is crucial for our development, especially as children.
According to the Emotion Regulation Theory of Change,
“in risky play, youngsters dose themselves with manageable quantities of fear and practice keeping their heads and behaving adaptively while experiencing that fear. They learn that they can manage their fear, overcome it, and come out alive. In rough and tumble play they may also experience anger, as one player may accidentally hurt another. But to continue playing, to continue the fun, they must overcome that anger. If they lash out, the play is over. Thus, according to the emotion regulation theory, play is, among other things, the way that young mammals learn to control their fear and anger so they can encounter real-life dangers, and interact in close quarters with others, without succumbing to negative emotions.” -Peter Gray, Ph.D.
If children don’t have the chance to practice taking risks outside, and learn their own limitations as well as build up the belief in themselves that they can deal with whatever comes up - getting lost, running out of food or water, encountering obstacles, etc. - they become more fearful of the world around them leading to higher rates of anxiety and depression.
Therefore, mixing these two ingredients together creates Courage for Our Planet, where we learn to (re)connect with nature through adventurous outings, and while doing so delve deeper into how we can better protect it.
A CALL TO ADVENTURE
Where Courageous Girls explore the outdoors and plan adventure trips that help stretch their limits and gain a deeper connection with nature, while promoting environmental awareness and activism in order to learn how to protect our Earth.
(Some options are: hiking, climbing, biking, camping, sailing, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, skiing, horse-back riding, dog-sledding, ropes/challenge-courses, orienteering, etc.)
At least one organized trip each season (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer), with at least 1 overnighter (out of the 4 trips.)
Courageous Girls decide what excites them to accomplish, and also what would push their limits (e.g.: hike around lake, climb hill/mountain), and work towards accomplishing it as a team.
A CALL TO ADVENTURE IDEAS:
Some websites to help with preparing activities/gear/food for your hiking trips, so that you don't forget about sunblock, first aid kits, bug repellent, maps, plenty of snacks, weather forecast, post-hike tick checks, and activities to help through the last mile(s), among other things.
If you are looking for a new adventure that will take you, literally, off the beaten path, constantly challenge you, and let you discover new things about yourself and what you can do, orienteering may be the sport for you. Orienteering is often called the thinking sport, because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout. It's a sport that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or experience. The competitive athlete can experience the exhilaration of running through the woods at top speed, while the non-competitive orienteer can enjoy the forest at a more leisurely pace. Most events provide courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and the sport has been adapted for small children and people in wheelchairs. Courageous Girls Clubs can also make up their own paths/courses through their local woods/nature parks/streams and organize their own orienteering adventures on foot, by bike, or even with kayak/canoes.