Volume 6 Issue 8
March 2000



Trapper Trails Council

Some fun activities for Den Meeting:

  • Have a health care professional lead a discussion of the harmful effects of today's "recreational" drugs (you might check with the school nurse or a member of the PTA or the DARE officer could come to your den meeting for the discussion.)
  • Make and eat nutritious snacks
  • Practice three of the physical fitness contest (Cub Scout Leader How to Book, Pages 2-30 to 2-36)
  • Have boys make posters showing nutritious food and balanced diets. Have a discussion on nutritious food and why a balanced diet is important.
  • Visit a dentist for a talk and a demonstration on dental health. If you cannot visit a dentist, see if a dentist could visit your den meeting. Or maybe a dental hygienist
  • Have boys bring ingredients for nutritious snacks and prepare them for pack meeting.
  • Lead a discussion on the effects of alcohol, on how to "Just say no to drugs', and how drugs could effect your ability to think clear.

Heart of America Council

  1. Invite a specialist to your den meeting or visit them at their place of work.
  1. A dietitian
    B. A physical therapist
    C. A school counselor
    D. A gym teacher

2. Attend a pro baseball game

  1. Go to a health club and talk to one of their trainers.



Heart of America Council

This can be done with a den, between dens and even as a pack activity. Here the Scouts compete through the course outlined below - record each Scouts score. Be sure to have them do some warm-up exercises before starting (ex. ten toe touches, deep knee bends, and jumping jacks and body twists). Afterwards, discuss a balanced diet and the effect exercise may have on their performance. Then challenge them to do their chosen Fitness badge exercises for thirty days and have them redo the course. Ask them how they think their performance will change. This will complete #5 of the Fitness badge and helps them to complete #2. If time is available #3, #4, and #6 of the Fitness badge should be discussed.

The following is an example of a course:

Station #1 - Sit Ups (adult holds feet)
Do 30 - record time to do 30 or how many in 3 minutes.

Station #2 - Pull Ups
Do 2 or record how many in 2 minutes

Station #3 - Push Ups
Do 8 - or how many in 3 minutes

Station #4 - Standing Long Jump
Mark off six feet in one-half foot increments (highlight the five foot mark). Begin with toes at the start line and measure at the heel after the jump. Record the distance jumped.

Station #5 - Vertical Jump
Set up a post or a board. Mark the post starting from the bottom with a scale, in inches from 0 - 15 inches. Attach a ball to a string and hang it over the post. Have an adult hold the end of the string.
The adult will need to adjust the height of the ball on the jump side, according to each Scout's height - about a foot above the tips of their fingers when their arm is stretched above their head. They then try to jump up and touch the ball., The adult watches to see how high they jump - the height of the jump is measured from the bottom of the post to the bottom of their feet at the height of the jump. Record height of jump (9inches is required for Athlete badge.)

Station #7 - Tire Run
Scout must run through a series of tires, being sure to put one foot in each tire with alternating feet.

Station #8 - Hopping on One Foot
Scout has to hop on one foot through a set of cones. One foot must be help behind their back through the entire course. Record the time to complete the course.

After the Scouts have completed the course the second time (after a month of exercise) sit down with them and compare the two sets of results. Ask them why the difference? Discuss again what it means to be physically fit.

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