Are you involved with the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts of America? If so, the order form for the Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative Fun Patch is now available! Scout leaders within the United States and Canada can now order up to 50 patches for their troops.
The Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative aims to bring the topics of neuroscience and brain health into Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop meetings. Planning a fun-filled educational activity can be as easy as using some of our downloadable materials from the Dana Foundation site, including puzzles, games, fact sheets, and lesson plans. Inviting a neuroscientist or other brain health professional to speak to troops is another great way to participate in this initiative. Troop leaders can also teach their scouts how to be become an advocate for brain health and neuroscience research. To earn their patches, the only requirement is that Scouts learn about the brain!
Learning the value of maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and other factors that contribute to cognitive health should be learned at an early age. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of dementia and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease later in life. Educating children about how to keep their brains healthy can also inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience-related fields.
Be sure to check out our Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative page for more resources and information on how to incorporate neuroscience into a Scout meeting. Also, be sure to check out our resources for Kids.
– Amanda Bastone