ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) is an international program open to all registered and active JUNIOR, SENIOR or CADET Girl Scout. It is centered on reproductive health, which, according to the Cairo International Conference on Population & Development, “is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters related to the reproductive health system and to its functions and processes”.
ARH covers discussions on:
- Fertility Awareness
- Gender Sensitivity
- Violence against Women and Children
For Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts, earning an ARH Badge requires that they do at least four (4) of the following activities:
- Prepare resumè to include personal qualities, background, experiences, achievements, aspirations, etc.
- Join a group discussion on topics that concern experiences related to growing up.
- Discuss with Troop Leader any of the following:
How do you feel about yourself?
How do you feel about being a woman?
How do you get along with the members of the same sex & the opposite sex?
How do you get along with your parents?
- Do a research and share with your peers on any of the following topics:
a. Reproductive processes
b. Male and female and human body
c. Body fluids of a person infected with HIV that have enough virus to spread infection from person to person
d. High risk behaviors that can spread the virus from person to person
e. Healthy decision that can prevent the spread of STI/HIV/AIDS
- Interview someone from Department of Health/any support group/people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Write a story about someone telling you he/she has HIV/AIDS and how would you support him/her and be his/her friend. Share the story with your group.
- Undertake at least one (1) of the following activities:
a. Participate in Family Life Education Projects
b. Teach nutrition, home care, first aid and health care
c. Participate in Peer Counselors’ Training
Junior Girl Scouts, to earn an ARH badge, need to choose from among the following activities:
- Participate in/organize a troop mother-daughter camp with the theme “Changing Bodies…Deal with it”.
- Invite a resource person to your troop meeting, to speak on “Body Changes”.
- Organize a patrol body quiz bowl or questions based on body changes.
- Invite to a troop meeting a resource person who will talk on personality development (Early Adolescent Stage).
- With your patrol, organize a puppet show on healthy boy-girl relationship.
- During your troop meeting, write your questions or concerns about reproductive health on a piece of paper. Ask the troop leader to answer your queries.