Have children spread out at least an arm’s length apart. The object of the game is for children to flap their arms (fly) only when the counselor says something that flies. This game requires good listening skills. For example, the counselor says, “Dogs fly. Carrots fly. Pencils fly. Pigeons fly,” etc. To be tricky, while the counselor is saying these phrases, s/he is also flapping his/her arms. Children should flap their arms only when something that flies is stated. If they flap incorrectly, they are temporarily out of the game and sit down until another flying word is stated and then they should stand up and re-enter the game. After some time, choose a child to lead the game. Continue to switch leaders of the game and consider new categories, like “fish swim” while children make a swimming motion with their arms.

Pass The Scarves

Number of players: 10 or more

Ages: 9 and up

Time period: 30 minutes

Equipment: Scarves

Activity level: Low to moderate

Focus: Coordination, cooperation

This activity challenges your campers to graduate to the more challenging levels.

Level One: Have children form a circle. One scarf is held in each child’s right hand, the other scarf is tucked away for later use. Everyone will toss their scarf to the person on their right while catching the scarf from the person on their left, using their left hand. After catching the scarf, the children transfer the scarf to their right hand and the sequence repeats. The command is “toss, catch, change hands, wait 1,2,3” (to see that everyone has a scarf in their right hand) and repeat, “toss, catch, change hands, wait 1,2,3. “ Continue this pattern for 10 to 12 tosses, then change directions! Everyone puts the scarf in their left hand and now has to toss left and catch with their right hand. Use the same command as before. Once the group masters this level, go to level two.

Level Two: This time children can only use their right hand to toss and catch. The counselor’s command changes to “toss, catch, toss, catch.” Again continue for 10 to 12 tosses and then change directions. If the group is ready, move to level three.

Level Three: This level is that same as Level Two except for a new command: “Toss, toss, toss, toss.” Continue in the same direction and speed up the cadence gong faster and faster. Soon, the scarves will be piling up! Change directions and try again. Ready for level four?

Level Four: The children take out the second scarf and hold one scarf in each hand. The object is to toss both scarves to the right and then attempt to catch both scarves coming from the left! Go slowly at first and start with the command from level one. Change directions, cadence and speed as the group masters the skill. Ready for the last level?

Level Five: Children hold one scarf in each hand. T he object is to toss both scarves in opposite directions and catch the scarves coming to them from each direction! This is difficult and challenging but very rewarding for children to accomplish. Go VERY SLOW LY and use the command found in Level One. Set a goal to see how many tosses and catches children can achieve.

Activities are from StartFIT Classroom Activity Packages (K-2 and 3-5) and courtesy of EverActive Brands. For more information, visit


The Girl Scout Movement–How 18 Girls Became 50 Million Women

Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts, by Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, is now available.

The book addresses one of the nation’s most underused resources–girls, and the women they ultimately can become.

Cloninger makes a case for the enormous untapped potential of America’s girls and issues a ringing call to action to girls, boys, parents, the business community, and public to help females make a better, stronger, and more prosperous future for all. $24.95; October 2011; available in hardcover and E-Book. For more information, visit

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