Scouts Summer Fitness
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Swimming Challenge 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:
Scouts Summer Fitness
Objective: I will participate in healthy and active summer fitness
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- physical fitness
- mental health and fitness
- food as it relates to health and fitness
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Let the hiking begin! 1. Consider where you have already hiked as a Scout or with your family. Set yourself some new hiking challenges. Explore new terrain and new areas. 2. How does hiking help you keep you in good shape, physically, mentally and spiritually? Create a poster or slideshow to share your thoughts on the benefits of hiking. 3. Consider food for the hikes. What kind of food is best to take on a hike? What food might be better for some hikes and not as good for others? If you’ve never tried dehydrating food before, why not give that a try to get ready for your hikes? 4. Add a unique challenge to your hike. If your hike is an overnight adventure, save weight and camp out under a tarp or in a camping hammock. If you’re headed out for a day, carefully plan a safe route that will take you off of marked trails, and make your way using map and compass, or following the shore of a river or lake. 5. Record the adventures of your hikes with photos, stories and/or drawings and then share them with your family or your Patrol. Adventure Idea 2: Grab your wheels! 1. Pull out your bicycle, clean it, grease it and adjust it to have it ready for the summer season. If you are not familiar with how to do these tasks, find someone who can teach you. Find a bicycle safety checklist and use it to check your bike. What are the local laws and requirement for bicycles? 2. Cycling can be done just for fun or for racing. Specially adapted bicycles provide freedom of movement for those who cannot move around otherwise or who do not own cars. Explore the mental and spiritual benefits of cycling. Share your thoughts creatively by making a video, poster, slideshow, etc. 3. Do you know how to repair a flat bike tire? Practise all steps: removing the tire, replacing or patching the tube, and remounting the tire. Demonstrate for your friends or your Patrol. 4. Organize a cycling ride with your family or your Patrol, following Plan-Do-Review and addressing safety considerations and different cycling abilities. Prepare an easy-to-carry nutritious snack for the whole group. 5. Offer to safety check and prepare bicycles for summer riding for your family or your friends. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Create a new ball game for a group to play. Consider ball games that have been played through the centuries by different cultures. How were the balls made? What were the rules? Why were the games played?
- Train to participate in a kids’ triathlon. Set yourself goals to prepare to swim, bike and run.
- How did children in Canada entertain themselves 100 years ago through the summer when there were not swimming pools, organized sports teams or recreation facilities? Learn some of the games played by previous generations and teach them to your friends or the Troop.
- Work with a personal trainer or coach and explore the best warm-up and cool-down stretches and exercises for the type of sports that you enjoy doing.
- Know how to golf? Learn from an adult, a coach, as part of a summer camp or a small group. Keep a photo or written record of your scores and experiences.
- Develop your skills in archery. What various types of archery equipment can be used? What are the tricks for good aim? What is essential for safety? Why does pulling back and releasing a bow without using an arrow ruin the bow?
- Set yourself a distance to run or bike through the summer. For example, will you run a distance equivalent to Calgary to Edmonton? Will you bike the distance equivalent to Ottawa to Montreal?
- We all love food. What are the best foods for summer fitness? How might a trail mix you create for summer fitness be different than one for winter fitness?
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Bruce Trail (Active & Healthy Living) to inspire a Summer Fitness adventure you’d like to try on your own.