Third Saturday in February
Goals and Badges we worked on:
This trip ties in with the Purple “Respect Yourself and Others” badge and helped introduce the Magenta “Respect Authority” badge.
Respect Yourself and Others Field Trip:
This was the simplest trip we went on all year and, probably, one of the best. We loved watching these little girls (some of them teeny tiny) get excited and fierce as they did Tae Kwon Do.
But I digress. I thought of Tae Kwon Do early on in the planning process to do as part of the two respect units since the martial arts are all about being respectful, exercising self-discipline and good self-care. I was worried we would have to pay for birthday party or something, but we lucked out. My co-leader’s older son had been doing Tae Kwon Do for years and she knew the owner. He agreed to give us an hour lesson and talk on respect for free. It was awesome and probably very savvy on their part since two of the girls have signed up for Tae Kwon Do since.
The studio was right in our neighborhood so parents brought and picked their kids up from there. It was only an hour and we had perfect attendance.
“Sir” taught the girls how to stand and how to address him in a firm but kind way. He then took 15-20 minutes to talk about respect and the different character traits taught in Tae Kwon Do. The girls seemed very fidgety and inattentive to me, but the master later told me they were exceptionally good for their age.
Then he set in with a Martial Arts lesson; running, punching, kicking. And, of course, the disclaimer that we never use what we learn there on our siblings and that it is only for self-defense. The girls got a great work-out (which ties into the Self-Respect Unit as well) and I got some adorable pictures.