February Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 7
Man's Best Friend
Webelos Athlete & Engineer
Tiger Big Ideas 12 & 13
Circle 10 Council
Part of the Physical Skills
group. An activity where a boy
can really “Do His Best”.
To encourage pride in growing
strong in mind and body.
To foster a sense of personal
achievement by developing new skills and interests.
To convince boys that fitness is
essential to good health.
To Go And What To Do
Attend high school track and field
meets, football games, etc.
Use a local gymnasium for a den or
Attend a professional sports
Invite a high school athlete to
discuss his training, including the importance of diet and rest.
Set up and run a physical fitness
obstacle course and run it as a race.
is an athlete?
An athlete is one who keeps his body physically fit, strong,
graceful, coordinated and agile…a desire of practically every boy.
Tell your boys about the athlete and what it takes to become one.
Impress them with the fact that the body is a priceless gift and only
a few minutes of exercise each day are required to keep it physically fit. By adequate exercise, getting the proper food each day –
adequate servings from the food groups – and taking care of himself, a boy
can become an athlete.
The activities of the
Athlete Activity Badge can help a boy measure up to the standards of
strength, agility, endurance and coordination necessary for good active Boy
Scouting and activities in later life.
Many Webelos leaders use
Athlete as the first badge a boy earns upon joining the den. This starts off their year in Webelos with an early badge to
inspire them onward. By
laying out a permanent, accurately measured 50-yard dash and 600 yard run
near your meeting place, you can easily test your new Webelos in less than
half an hour. Use a stopwatch
when timing these sprint and distance runs.
As a boy completes the
requirements, fill in Column 1 of his Fitness Progress Chart (pg. 53) in his
For fun and to stimulate
interest in improving their physical abilities, use some of the dual contest
found in the "Webelos Book and Program Helps."
To be an athlete, a person
must be physically fit. This
means he can rise to each task with bounce and enthusiasm and enjoy life
more than anyone who is physically unfit enjoys.
If he is fit as a boy, he can be fit as a man.
putting boys to any test, the important thing is that they do their best! While some in physical feats do excel, some others in mental
abilities do well. So don’t
compare and expect the same of all; let each set his Personal Best goal.
“Give them encouragement and praise their skill, and you’ll find
they will strive their best to fulfill.”
These are some suggestions on how to layout an obstacle course,
depending on the abilities of the boys.
Missed obstacles have to be repeated.
For hand-over–hand-crossing obstacle, use a 12 foot ladder raised 6
foot above the ground.
Old tires from a service station placed flat on the ground for broken
field running obstacles.
Three sawhorses to jump over and under.
Tarp, 6X8 (or larger) on ground for somersaults.
Curved 2-foot wide path marked by string or by other means.
Runner must stay in bounds.
Wooded 2X4, 10 foot long, laid on the ground with narrow side up to
cross without losing balance. Peg
the board at intervals to prevent it from wobbling.
Large carton or crate to crawl through.
For hand-over-hand climb, use 9-foot knotted rope or broomstick rope
Series of 2-foot and 4-foot high boxes to dive over head first,
landing on hands.
Ladder laid on bricks or boards about 6-inches off of the ground.
Run fast through the ladder rungs.
Marked path to the finish line.
Circle the correct answer(s).
Bathe/shower (every/day OR 1/week) and especially after exercise.
Wash your hair (1/month OR 2+ times/week).
Wash hands (before eating OR after using the restroom) and when
Eat right (3 OR 4 OR 6) regular meals each day at regular times!
Eat (just some OR a variety of) food from each food group.
The average 10-year-old should get (6 OR 9 OR 12) hours of sleep each
6 boys in uniform holding props as described below.
All boys come on stage and one at a time step forward and speak their lines.
Together: We all
excel in building muscles
We’re champs at that, you see;
Just listen to our stories
And we re sure you will agree.
Boy: I hold the
title of strongest in my den, do you suppose it’s because of my friend?
(Holds up toy skunk. Other boys hold their noses.)
Boy: I’m known as
the den’s muscle man this year, Most of my muscle is between my ears.
(Pulls out small hat from behind his back and tries desperately to
fit it on his head.)
Boy: I hold the
title of fastest of all, I’m first in line for the chow basket call.
(Pulls out bag of cookies and begins eating.)
Boy: I’m known as
the champion of the high jump, One time I missed and got a big lump.
(Rubs head, with painful expression on face.)
Boy: To keep in
shape, I exercise each day, I wonder why my muscles turned out this way.
(Removes sweatshirt to show colorful padding on arms and legs.)
Boy: I’m the champ
at making things disappear, you see, watch
us all disappear, as I count to three.
(He counts slowly 1-2-3 as curtain closes.)
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