Scouts Winter Fitness
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Winter Sport 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 Winter Fitness
Objective: I will participate in healthy and active winter 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: Personal Bests in Outdoor Activities 1. Ever find yourself out of breath after sledding down a hill (or climbing up after the ride) or in the midst of building a snowman? We can get good exercise from many fun winter activities. Build a snowman, sled a hill, skate a river or lake (if the ice is thick enough), play “fox & goose” in the snow, throw snowballs at a target -- what do you love doing outside in the winter? 2. Set yourself a goal for each of your favourite activities. How tall a snowman might you build? How far could you skate in one go? What is the longest sled ride you could make? How many snowballs could hit the bull’s eye on the target? Check out the Guinness Book of World Records. What records are there for some or all of these activities? 3. What do you need to consider for each of these activities in terms of temperature, safety, clothing, equipment? Do you need a team or will these be solo challenges? Note: even if you choose to do these alone, have a friend or family member observing and supporting. 4. It’s time to challenge yourself to meet each of your goals. Have your friend or family member record your adventures with video or photographs. 5. Create a presentation demonstrating your personal records in these fun activities. What are the advantages of making these fun activities into winter fitness? How have they helped your mental, emotional and physical health? Adventure Idea 2: Go for a Polar Bear Dip 1. Have you gone swimming outdoors in the spring, summer and fall? Quite likely! Have you gone swimming outdoors in winter? Take part in an event organized by a group that knows how to prepare for the risks associated with a polar bear dip. 2. Often, polar bear dips are organized as charity events. If you are taking part in a charity polar bear dip, collect pledges to help the charity and to motivate you when it’s time to head into the cold water. 3. The organizers of your polar bear dip should have a good safety plan in place. However, it’s good for you to think about how you would react if you accidentally fell into cold water. Present an emergency scenario to your Patrol, and practise responding correctly. 4. How will you warm up after your dip? Organize an event for other participants (like members of your Patrol) to enjoy after the dip. You might host people at your home for hot chocolate, or head to a local café. 5. Find a fun way to share your experience, what you learned, how it felt, whether you’d ever do it again and why it is a challenge that people take on. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Challenge yourself with a new winter sport (indoors or outdoors) such as: hockey, curling, ringette, skiing, speed skating, figure skating, skiing or snowboarding.
- Have a snowshoeing adventure. Organize an outing for your Lair or Troop.
- Downhill skiing, cross-country (Nordic) skiing, snowboarding - all of these require specific types of wax and have best practices for waxing. Learn about these waxes, how best to use them and then give them a try on various kinds of snow in various temperatures. How can you track your findings? Discover other tips for properly maintaining these items and related gear.
- Introduce a new Canadian to a winter sport, especially someone who has come from a country that doesn’t experience winter or snow.
- Being cooped up when it's cold and dark can take a toll on people's mental wellbeing. Plan a board game night for your family to lift everyone's spirits!
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Bruce Trail (Active & Healthy Living) to inspire a Winter Fitness adventure you’d like to try on your own.