This week our six and seven year old Taasc girls embraced the dark as we turned our attention toward our upcoming day trip to go caving! These girls have already been building trust with one another at meetings. It wasn’t that long ago that each girl was leading her blindfolded partner on a trust walk in the woods, and then they took it to the next level as they back up belayed each other at the climbing gym.
During cave exploration each girl will not only be taking responsibility for herself, but will support the group through her leadership.
In Girls Taasc we explore the many faces of leadership. Leadership looks different for each unique girl, and we honor each individual expression.
On our climbing trip, the girls began to explore four expressions of leadership through the window of Angeles Arrien’s Four Fold Way. We began to learn about the way of the warrior – showing up and being present, the way of the healer – expressing care, appreciation, and gratitude, the way of the teacher – sharing what you know, and the way of the visionary – telling the truth about what you see without blame and judgment.
The girls made some pretty cool pictures of how they are warriors, healers, teachers, and visionaries.
As you might guess, there are lots of opportunities to work with themes of courage, support, and adventure as we move into our caving theme. And there are lots of opportunities for straight up fun, too. Last week the girls transformed into bats and pups (baby bats), with blindfolded mama bats locating their babies through sound and scent.
Mini Girls Taasc is so awesome! Am I ever lucky to spend my Thursday afternoons with this group!
By Lucy MacGregor