Today at Morning Assembly, we talked about the important skill of learning to "unflip our lids" by figuring out our go-to calm down strategies for when we're feeling irritated, frustrated, annoyed, or angry with our friends. We talked about how it's important to learn how to "unflip our lids" when we're upset.
Flipping Your Lid
We talked with campers about how sometimes we "Flip our Lids" and how being a good friend to others means learning good strategies for calming ourselves down so that we can interact with our friends in ways that build up - not tear down - our friendships. We talked about how when our lids are flipped, our thinking brain isn't in charge and we're being led by our big feelings. When our lids are flipped, we often say or do things that make our friends feel bad and that we later regret.
We shared our brief summary of Dr. Dan Siegel's Hand Brain Model with campers:
And we've shared this poster with campers so they can see a visual about a flipped verses unflipped brain.
Calm Down Strategies
We then had campers share their favorite calm-down strategies, and they had so many! We created this poster using their ideas:
GAC is excited to be joining camps across the country in celebrating Camp Kindness Day! For our summer theme, Better Together, we've been talking about ways we can be better together. After a year of being separated from loved ones and friends, it's more important than ever to remember to be kind to one another and find ways in which we are better together.
Here's what the American Camp Association has to say about Camp Kindness Day:
On July 20, the camp community will participate in Camp Kindness Day – an event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable, and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care, and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society. These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience. We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported, and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens. Camp Kindness Day will allow camps to incorporate into their July 20 programming fun theme-based activities and cooperative games, cool projects, and memorable moments which will ... Read more
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