Cub Scout Summer Fitness
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Swimmer Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
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.