Cub Scout Summer Fitness
From the Scouter Manual:
Cub Scouts Summer Fitness
Objective: I will participate in healthy and active summer fitness.
When planning your adventure, think about including:
- physical fitness
- mental health
- healthy food
Here are some ideas to help you start creating your own adventures
Note: some of these ideas might be made into more than one adventure.
- Create a swimming adventure for yourself. In how many different bodies of water can you swim (in a safe, supervised environment)? Places you could visit include: outdoor pools, indoor pools, wave pools, waterslides, oceans, lakes, rivers... What safety precautions do you need to take when swimming in these different places?
- What foods do swimmers need to eat to keep healthy? Is keeping hydrated by drinking water necessary when swimming? Why or why not?
- Create a summer meal or picnic that provides good nourishment for your summer fitness and share it with friends or family.
- Take lessons in a summer sport you have never before tried, such as soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, etc.
- Develop an active routine that includes hiking, walking or bicycling each day of the summer.
- Plan an active day at the beach for your family or Lair. Besides swimming, what other activities can keep you fit and having fun at the beach?
- Plan an active summer week for your family with activities that each member would enjoy and in which all can participate.
- Staying active during the summer is not just about sports. How about some berry picking, kite flying, taking your dog for a walk, rock picking, building a fence, gardening or lawn mowing? Pick a different activity every day for a week.
- Create a Summer Olympics Day or Summer Fun Day for your family or friends or your Pack.
- Set up a family triathlon or a triathlon for your Pack. How far will you swim, bike and run? Or do you want to include three different activities in your triathlon? What would a Scout triathlon be like: build a fire, put up a tent and paddle a canoe?
- Set yourself a skipping challenge. How many jumps of the rope can you do? Practise routinely and measure your improvement.
- Learn a summer game that kids played decades ago and teach it to your friends, such as hop-scotch, anti-i-over, rounders, marbles, kick the can, sardines and four square.
- What games did First Nations, Inuit and Metis create for summer fun? Try out some of these games.
- Invite your family to join you on a bicycle adventure. Where will you cycle? Are your bikes in good shape? What food will you take?
- Why do we feel happier when there is more sunlight and when we are active?
- Create a frozen treat (like a popsicle or slushie) that is tasty, healthy and helps you stay hydrated in hot weather.
- Do you know what to do is someone becomes overheated or gets sunburn? Learn how to deal with common summer emergency aid situations. Create a scenario for your Lair in which somebody needs help, and practise responding.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for The Swinging Bridge (Active &
Healthy Living) and Red Flower Camp (Outdoors). Pick an adventure you’d like to try on your own.