How to Plan a Disability Awareness Event With Your Troop: Ice Cream Social Party

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One of the nice things about always having the help of parents and other leaders is we get ideas from other people who experience things in their day jobs. One of our leaders was a occupational therapist during the day and suggested we teach our girls more about disabilities some girls may be experiencing to make them more aware and compassionate to others.  Her suggestion was an Ice Cream Social.  Here is how to put on this event and teach your girls more about disabilities.

How to put on a Ice Cream Social

Ice cream socials are always fun at any age. This event is a little different because each girl is given a disability to make it more difficult to make the sundae. It is important that you talk to your girls prior to making the sundaes, explaining that some tasks are more difficult, for a person with a disability. If you have a girl in your troop that has a disability you may want to talk to her and her parent to make sure this event isn’t offensive to her. It could possibly give the girl a chance to talk about her disability.

Before jumping in if you have Brownie girls these two badges have a lot to do with using senses and learning about including everyone while playing and would fit great into a ice cream social. 

Things needed for ice cream social

  • ice cream
  • scoops
  • chocolate and strawberry syrup
  • chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • whip cream
  • sprinkles
  • M&Ms
  • cherries
  • crushed candy bars
  • bowls
  • spoons
  • napkins.

 

Save time and get this ice cream kit with 16 cups, spoons and cute umbrellas to put into the ice cream cups.

 

Preparing the girls prior to making the sundaes with the following items.

  1. Place field corn in shoes to mimic foot pain.
  2. Use safety glasses/goggles with Vasoline on the lens to mimic decreased vision.
  3. Place a sling or tie their dominant arm to their side, with a scarf, to make it more difficult for coordination.
  4. You can also use crutches, however you would have to adjust them for each girls height.

Games

Telephone game with earplugs

What you need

  • Ear plugs

How to play:
Your girls sit in a circle, on the floor. You will give each girl a pair of ear plugs. The leader will whisper or talk softly to the girl next to her with a word or phrase. The girl that is told the word tells the girl next to her. It continues until each girl has been told the message. The leader has the girls remove their ear plugs and the last girl that was told the message says what the message was. Girls can take turns telling what they thought was said if it doesn’t match the leaders message.

Wheelchair Race

What you need

  • 2 wheelchairs
  • cones
  • 2 Liter bottles or duct tape

How to play
If you have access or can borrow two wheelchairs this is a fun race. Divide your troop into two groups. The teams take turns sitting in the wheelchair and racing down a path using only their arms, not their feet. The first team that finishes wins the race. The distance of the path is up to the leader.

Blind Obstacle Course

What you need

  • blindfolds/scarfs
  • cones
  • boxes
  • 2 Liter bottles or anything else you would like to add to the course.

How to play
Place your girls in groups of 2. Place a blindfold over one of the girls in the group. The other girl has to give verbal directions to the blindfolded girl to walk through the obstacle course. The girls take turns being blindfolded. The course should be set up in a safe area away from windows and stairs. If you have a large group you can set up more than 1 course.

Wrapping Up Event

Leaders can take time at the end of the social to talk about what the girls learned from the experience.

Ice Cream Social Fun Patch

After your troop has had the Ice Cream Social grab this Ice Cream Is Always Fun For Scouts fun patch to put on the back of their vest. It could be a great addition to remember the fun day filled with fun and of course Ice Cream.

 


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