We are in the stunning 5 star corporate training facility of Gas Natural in Puente Nuevo, just outside of Avila, an hour from Madrid. I have worked on leadership programs twice before here at beautiful place however a pilot leadership program for children has never been seen before... ]
Day 4 of Basket Talent Camp
Today we were visited by a very kind dentist, Carmen from Strauman taught us how to brush our teeth properly! And I learnt a good thing here too. She had a really large model of a jaw with big teeth and invited the girls to show how it's done. Then she'd correct and explain some extra elements after one girl demonstrated.
The teeth have 3 sides, the front, the back and the bite. So she suggested to first brush one jaw starting from the side, work the front teeth, back and bite, then do the other jaw. I thought, how different because I have always brushed my front teeth with my jaw closed and did both top and bottom together. So anyway I tried this method and it did feel more clean.
All of these have to be brushed. And also brush the tongue! I thought this was a great reminder because although I brush my tongue when I feel it needs it, I don't do it every time and so now I will. She didn't mention a tongue scraper but I would also add that. Thousands of years old Indian culture can't be wrong!
She said that the saliva that the mouth produces also helps to keep teeth clean, (I didn't know that!) and so if you are doing sport or have a dry mouth, drink water.
This next bit I loved and almost jumped out of my chair shouted hallelujah! (But didn't) She said to not drink sugary drinks, juices or sport drinks. Yeeeeeesssss! Finally some good health advice, I feel children eat so much sugar it's like their cocaine!
So she advised to snack on fruit especially bananas for sport and drink water.
Later the girls played a wonderful leadership game where they are in a line, and the girl in front is blindfolded and her team mates have to tell her where to go. Trust and leadership - great exercise which I will do with my adult groups!
Another game was the right rope walk! This was so much fun. A flat strong band was secured over two trees each girl was coached to keep looking forward and not down at the feet. Great life advice too, thought I.
In the closing circle each girl was invited to share not what they liked, learnt and didn't like as in other evenings, rather to whom they were grateful and why. Most said thank you to Elena for teaching good basketball things and the girls really showed how much they have been enjoying learning to play and improving so much. The other coaches were also thanked and others were thanked for helping them and for making them laugh.
I'm so grateful because I was also thanked for listening and for my openness. That was nice!
This gratitude circle really touched me because if generates such positive and uplifting energy. I will also take this one away for my further group work.
We finally went on to my 'goodnight' session where invited the girls to choose what they wanted to do and they all chose to do all the massage techniques in a circle and they'd remembered all of them, I was astounded. Then I invited anyone to sing a goodnight song and our very own Justin Beber, Carlos sang the cutest lullaby about a little cat going to sleep. I loved it so much I got them to sing it about 5 times!
Then I sang one of my favourite songs, Hang on little tomato, by Pink Martini and played the ukulele. Oh and the girls loved the ukulele, two or three of them already played and I recommend thst everyone get one as its so much fun and so easy to play as well as super cheap. Win-win-win!