Cub Scout Year-Round Fitness
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Athlete 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 Scout Year-Round Fitness
Objective: I will participate in healthy and active year-round 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.
- Find out what Olympic athletes, Paralympic athletes or marathon runners do to mentally prepare for competition. What might work for you?
- Develop an exercise routine that you follow on a regular basis. What will be your goal? How will you work out all the major muscle groups in your body? What exercise or sport uses each one?
- Design and run an outdoors obstacle course. What could make it more challenging in the winter? What could make it more challenging in the summer? Share your obstacle course with your Lair.
- Create a family exercise challenge. Decide together on an activity and then participate together.
- Visit a local community fitness centre, such as a YMCA/YWCA or a public pool or gym, and find out what kinds of activities are available for kids your age. What interests you at this facility? What can you do in this facility year-round?
- Think of your favourite fast-food restaurant. Would an athlete in training find food at this restaurant which would be beneficial for their training? What would be their best choices?
- Sports drinks and energy drinks are everywhere. What nutrients are in these drinks and how are they supposed to help you? In what situations, would these drinks be helpful to you?
- Think about it. If you take 10,000 steps a day for 100 days, you will have done 1 million steps. Take the challenge. Use a step counter device or app to count your steps. It’s okay if you don’t make 10,000 every day. Just keep counting those steps.
- Think of a game or sport you love. How would people with sight, hearing, mobility and other challenges play the sport or game? Learn about the Special Olympics and Paralympics.
- Interview several friends or family members about their favourite sports or activities for each season of the year. Is there any of these sports or activities you would like to try?
- Some fitness centres and gyms welcome youth to accompany their parents for a visit. If this is possible, go for it and try out some of the equipment.
- Track your hours of activity a day for a week. What do you notice? Are you surprised by anything? What changes would you like to make based on this information?
- Do you have exercise equipment in your house? Try it out. If it is not used much, why might that be? Is there something you could change to make it more useable?
- Try skipping rope as a fitness challenge. Measure your progress over a few weeks or months.
- Pick five different events done in the Olympics or Paralympics, winter or summer. Try out some of these events at a nearby facility.
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.