Scouts Year-Round Fitness
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Team 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 Year-Round Fitness
Objective: I will participate in healthy and active year round fitness
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- physical fitness
- mental health and fitness
- food as it relates to health and fitness
Adventure Idea 1: Train like a Winter Olympian 1. Pick one of your favourite Winter Olympic outdoor sports. Give it a try – or, if you already enjoy the sport, set yourself a goal of developing your skills further. If you need to, adapt the sport for the season. 2. For Winter Olympians to excel, they must train year-round, not just when it is cold or when there is snow on the ground. Find out how Canadian athletes train for winter sports yearround. Try some of the training techniques yourself. 3. Keep a journal of your experience. Measure your progress as you develop your skills. 4. How do Olympic athletes prepare mentally for competition? How do they keep their focus and keep striving for their goals, in spite of set-backs, loss, and injuries? Practise some of the mental exercises you learn about and find out how they can help you in your sport. 5. How do Olympic athletes feed their bodies to be ready for competition? How do they adapt the foods they eat to the seasons? How has research affected the kind of foods athletes eat? Prepare a healthy meal or snack that an Olympian would eat when training. Adventure Idea 2: Active in Every Season 1. With your family, choose a sport or activity that you can enjoy together in every season. Figure out how you can pursue the activity together, set a routine and begin being active together in a new way. If you prefer, you can do this on your own instead. 2. Take photos and/or video of your family’s activity. Create a photo journal of your experiences. 3. Find a mental health survey that you can complete and have your family members complete, if they are participating with you in this adventure. Take the survey again after taking part in your activity for a time. What, if any, difference has being physically active made to your mental health? 4. Pick a new healthy recipe to try out and cook it for your family. Why is it a good recipe for the season? What does it provide for you? 5. Celebrate having been active in with a family slideshow or video night. Share stories and celebrate achievements. Enjoy healthy snacks. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Pick a sport or fitness activity that is available to you in every season. Take part in that sport or fitness activity for a period of time, and measure your progress.
- What would you like to improve in a sport or fitness activity in which you already participate? Create yearly goals for your personal performance in that sport or activity. What milestones will you seek to achieve along the way? Who can help you meet your goals?
- Take a typical summer or winter sport and figure out how it could be adapted for every season. Now try it out. How have other people adapted this sport to engage it in every season?
- Hold a fitness fashion show. What clothes are best for fitness activities in each season? Create a slideshow or invite your Patrol to join you in modelling the right clothing for each season.
- Work with a personal trainer or coach to learn best practices regarding warm-up, cool-down and stretching before and after vigorous activity in each season. What adaptations are helpful?
- Pick a sport or fitness activity you enjoy which you can do in every season. What are the most common injuries or risks associated with that sport in each season? For example, running in winter means you need to avoid hypothermia, slipping on ice, etc. Running in summer means making sure you are well hydrated and not overheated. Leg cramps may be more common in summer. Learn how to prevent, address and treat injuries and risks associated with each season.
- Set a goal of to walk a certain number of steps every day. Use a pedometer or an app to count your steps. Log your step counts for a month or longer.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Bruce Trail (Active & Healthy Living) to inspire a Year-round Fitness adventure you’d like to try on your own.