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6 Fun Activities To Earn The Junior Staying Fit Badge


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If you're looking for fun and engaging activities to help your Junior Girl Scouts earn their Staying Fit badge, you're in the right place! Below are six exciting activities that will not only keep the girls active but also teach them about the importance of staying fit and healthy. 

Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Staying Fit Badge Activity Booklet

Use the  Staying FIt Activity Booklet with activities that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while learning about different ways to keep fit with exercise, learn more about healthy foods with interactive games, understand the truth behind what is healthy, and how to stay fit at home with their families. With step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!

Four Corner Exercising

Divide the girls into four corners of the room, and assign each corner a different exercise. Each girl will perform the exercise next to them, the number of times corresponding to their age (e.g., if they're 10 years old, they do 10 reps). After completing the exercises, girls choose a new corner and a new exercise. Repeat this for three rounds.

Next, flip the paper over and do four different exercises. Encourage girls to challenge themselves but also modify exercises if needed.

To end the game, play the elimination version. Call out an exercise, and if any girl is standing by that corner, they are out and must do the exercise before sitting down. Continue until only one girl is left standing.

For Example

ROUND 1: Push Ups, Sit up or crunch, Mountain Climbers, Jumping Jacks

ROUND 2: Lunges, Knee lifts, Burpies, Squats

You can also try this card game which contains illustrations & instructions describing 50 upper, middle, lower, and full body exercises

staying fit playing cards

Do you Know what Fuels you?

Pass out the MyPlate illustration and have girls color the image like the directions state. Explain to the girls what the image means, MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. We should eat a variety of foods in order to get all the nutrients our body needs, including fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, beans, nuts and dairy products. We should also have variety in each group. For example, eating all different kinds of fruit is better for you than eating just apples. You should also try to eat whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. For example, eating an apple is better than drinking apple juice.

Remembering Healthy Foods

Have girls get into a circle, Leader start holding a round fruit (orange, apple) says “Fruit are a great healthy food. A Vegetable I like is…” Then pass to next girl she must say what you just said plus add another fruit. So “Vegetables are a great healthy food. Vegetables like are carrots and celery is what second girl would say next girl would add another, if girl can not think of one or forgets order have her sit down, continue around circle till last person standing. Start with a different type of healthy food. Types of food to use are: green leafy vegetables, colorful vegetables, grains, proteins (meat, nuts and beans) fruit and dairy products.

MyPlate Game

This is a deliciously fun game that will help your girls learn more about portions and create healthy, balanced meals based on the MyPlate guidelines.

In this interactive game, girls compete to be the first to fill their plate with a variety of food cards that have real-life photos. Each card represents a different food group, such as grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and dairy.

The game comes with four placemats, but you can easily divide the girls into groups to make the most of this valuable resource without having to purchase multiple sets. With 50 different food cards and an activity guide included, it provides endless opportunities for learning and fun.

My Plate Staying FIt Game

Glow Sticks Yoga/Relaxation Workouts in the Dark

Give each girl two glow sticks and do the below moves and exercises

  • This partner stretch will allow the girls to be mindful of each other while they relax. Have the girls find a partner and sit on the floor. Say slowly and calmly to the girls “Face your partner, open your legs comfortably and touch your feet with your partner’s feet. Tell girls lean forward and grasp each other’s hands. One partner leans back, slowly pulling your partner forward. Now the second partner will lean back and pull their partner slowly forward
  • This exercise helps girls focus on breathing, helping them achieve rest and balance. Have the girls sit comfortably on the floor or mat. Slowly and calmly tell the girls “In the winter, bears hibernate in caves, sleeping peacefully. Sit up tall, close your eyes, and go inside. Through your nose, breathe in for a count of five, and then hold for a count of three. Breathe out for a count of five, then hold for a count of three.” Repeat this instruction 5 times. Then say, “Open your eyes and notice how you feel.” Be sure to allow girls time to finish each step after you say it.
  • Have girl spread out so they can make big movements without hitting anyone. Explain that you are going to call out natural phenomena’s. As each word is called out, the girls should use there body and their voices to act out the word however they choose. They should continue making the movements until you call out the next word. You can call out the words as slowly or quickly as you like.

Natural phenomena:

  1. storm
  2. cloud
  3. tree
  4. rainbow
  5. tornado
  6. waves
  7. fire
  8. river

By incorporating these fun activities into your troop's program, you'll not only help the girls earn their Staying Fit badge, but also instill in them a lifelong love for staying healthy and active. So, get ready to have a blast while staying fit! 

What do we do after your girls complete the activities?

Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader.

Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.

Organize Your Troop Parties This Year with a 25+ page Leader Planner

This Leader Planner is from another amazing blogger named Jen her blog is called “I am StrawjenBerry” With the help of Jen I wrote a blog post explaining everything you will get in this planner. It has everything you need to plan your troop year. The planner contains your calendar, meeting planners, rosters and badge trackers in one safe place for when you need it. Read more

Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!