5-minute filler for Scouts | August 7

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Take five minutes to unwind and destress before your Scout session begins, with this simple mindfulness exercise.

Take five minutes to unwind and destress before your Scout session begins, with this simple mindfulness exercise. 

You will need: an open space, one fragrant item per person (such as a piece of orange peel, a sprig of rosemary, or a bar of soap) 

As all aromatherapy fans can attest, scent can be a powerful tool for anxiety relief. Citrus wakes up receptors in the brain, sparking energy, creativity, and hopefulness. Pine centres and grounds, pulling the nerves back to earth. Chamomile sends busy brains to sleep. Use this simple ‘smell and tell’ method to help your scouts to stimulate their noses and relax their minds before the meeting’s busier activities begin. 

Instructions

  • Gather all of your Scouts in an open space, and sit them in a circle.
  • Pass something fragrant out to each scout, such as a piece of fresh orange peel, a sprig of rosemary, or a bar of soap.
  • Ask them to close their eyes and breathe in the scent, focusing all of their attention on the sensations in their nose. They should be still and silent for at least one minute.
  • When the minute is up, ask them to describe what they smelt and felt. Did the scents stir up any particular memories, sensations or associations for them? What were they? They can reflect on this silently, or share their observations with the group.

Looking for more activities? Take a look at our last 5-minute filler

 

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