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Your body is a wonderful machine. It is much more complicated than the fanciest car or fastest
computer. But your body needs the same
kind of care that experts give to machines.
What does that mean? It means
that you must give your body the right fuels in a balanced diet. You must avoid putting harmful substances
into it. Your body needs rest and
exercise, just as a car needs maintenance.
As you earn the Fitness activity badge, you will learn how to take care
of the world's most wonderful machine - your own body.
Invite the grade school gym teacher to your meeting. Get to know them on a personal basis. Why did they become a teacher? What kind of background do they have? What sports are they currently active
in? What do they like about teaching
Invite a nurse, doctor or dentist to your den to answer
questions about health. Have boys write
the questions on cards so they are anonymous.
Have your den write a skit depicting ways to say ‘NO’ to drugs & smoking.
Have the den make a poster designed to encourage people to
say "NO" to drugs & Smoking.
Have a police officer involved with drug prevention attend a
Have the boys interview him and ask questions concerning
drugs and alcohol.
Have the boys find out what the policies are in their school
about drugs and what would happen to students with drugs in their lockers, etc.
Collect newspaper and magazine articles about accidents and
crimes that are drug or alcohol related.
Find out what some organizations are doing to stop use and
availability of drugs, especially to, children.
Check with the BSA council for a video, "Drugs: A
Speakers -- YMCA
director, heath class teacher, personal trainer. coach, CPR instructor,
marathon director, little league coach, gym instructor
Visit the local YMCA.
Visit a local fitness club.
Activities That Will Help The Boys
Understand The Harmful Effects Of Cigarette Smoking
1. Define "pollution".
("Pol-lu-tion: to make unclean, impure, or corrupt;
desecrate; defile; contaminate; dirty."
Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language)
pollutants in the air in the outside environment. Use pictures from magazines or newspapers. Include: factory smoke, car exhausts, rocket
launches, smoke from someone else's burning cigarette & so on.
how all living things need air to breath.
a. Put a plant under an airtight
container. What begins to happen?
b. Put ants or other insects in an airtight
jar. Give them everything else they
need to survive. What happens? Why?
(When the ants' activity begins to decrease, open the jar and set them
4. Talk about the fact that
smoking cigarettes is harmful to our health and how it "pollutes" the
internal environment of our body (the lungs).
a. Blow smoke from a cigarette through a
tissue. What did you observe? Wouldn't that also make your lungs
b. Hold your breath and have someone check the
time. Did you have to breathe very soon
after you started holding your breath?
c. Demonstrate the effects of sick or injured
(1) Light a candle. Ask a boy to stand a reasonable distance from the candle. Instruct the boy to take a deep breath, and
then blow out the candle.
(2) Relight the candle. Ask the boy to stand at the same distance
from the candle. Instruct him to take a
deep breath and blow out at least half of the breath before attempting to blow
out the candle. With the breath that is
left, ask the boy to blow out the candle.
Nutrition and fitness go
hand in hand. Teach the boys the four
basic food groups and what each does for the body.
Have the boys make a
poster or collage showing foods that belong in each group. Use magazines and advertisements from the
Sunday papers for these.
Let each boy make up a
menu for a meal and let the other den members check it for balance. This
would be good to do for a campout menu.
They need to be balanced also.
Milk Group Fruit-Vegetable Group
Milk and Milk Products All
kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables
and helps your body defend
Cottage Cheese against disease.
Ice Cream-- Builds teeth and bones
Protein Group--Bread-Cereal Group
Meat, Cereal & Grits
Fish , Bread
Peanut Butter, Flour
muscles, bones and blood. Quick energy
builders, helps to make your body work better.
Your Body - A
Wonderful Machine -- Treat Your Body Right! (Circle T for True or F for False.)
T F 1. Smoking or chewing tobacco makes you
T F 2. Smoking can cause lung cancer and heart
T F 3. Athletes who smoke always play as long
and as hard as athletes who don't smoke.
T F 4. Smoking will not affect your eyes at
T F 5. Smoking stains teeth and fingers.
T F 6. Chewing tobacco is OK because it doesn't
get into your body's organs.
T F 7. Alcohol doesn't slow down the brain and
T F 8. Alcohol can make a person see double.
T F 9. Alcohol can make people do bad things
they would never consider doing when sober.
T F 10. Drunk drivers kill thousands of people
T F 11. All drugs, even prescription drugs, are
T F 12. It's OK to take someone else's medicine
if you're sure you have the same illness.
T F 13. Sniffing glue is OK to do once in a
T F 14. Toxins from certain sniffing substances
can affect the liver, kidneys and muscles.
T F 15. Marijuana is OK in small amounts, but
cocaine, heroin, and LSD are not.
T F 16. Eating a cheeseburger, French fries and
a soda for every lunch would be a balanced diet.
T F 17. You should have 2 or more servings from
each food group every day.
T F 18. Your body needs vitamins, minerals,
carbohydrates, fat and protein to operate smoothly.
T F 19. Rushing meals or skipping meals can be
harmful to your body.
that any fitness program will not be sustainable unless it is fun. Below are a few ideas for games to
incorporate into your meetings. The
How-to-book, Webelos activity book as well as your local library will also give
you some ideas.
Jump the Bean Bag
A small bean bag is tied on the end of a rope or heavy
cord. The leader stands in the center
of the circle made up of the players facing him. The leader swings the bean bag around the circle at ankle
height. Once a player is hit he must
leave the circle. The last player left
is the winner.
A. B. C.: Two
players hold the end of a rope about 10 feet long. With rope laying flat on the ground each player jumps over the
rope. The rope is then raised about
four inches high which is 'B' and every body jumps over. Continue raising the rope four inches with
each letter of the alphabet until only one player is left.
Equipment - You'll need two blocks of wood, 2 inches by 2 inches by
4 inches and a stop watch. Mark two
parallel lines on the ground 30 feet apart.
Then put the blocks of wood behind one of these lines. The child will start from behind the other
1. The time should
raise his arm and say, "Get ready!"
2. Then the timer
simultaneously says ‘Go!', lowers his arm, and starts the stopwatch.
3. The Webelos Scout
runs from the starting line to the blocks, which have been placed just behind
the second line, He picks up one of the blocks, runs back with it to the
starting line, and places the block behind the line. The block must be placed, not thrown, on the ground.
4. Then the Webelos
Scout runs back to the other One, picks up the other block, and carries it back
across the starting line.
5. As the Webelos Scout
crosses the starting line with the second block, the timer should stop the
stopwatch. The child's time should be
calculated to the nearest tenth of a second.
6. The child should then
be given a chance to do the event again.
The better of the two times will become his time for the shuttle run.
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the four basic food groups.
what a balanced diet is.
What would happen to a person who ate the following foods all
the time? Kool-Aid, Fried Foods, Potato
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Circle the meal or meals below that are balanced.
8 Oz Milk
8 oz. Kool-Aid
4 oz fish
4 oz fried hamburger
½ cup green beans
½ cup French Fries
1 slice wheat bread
2 Cups Ice Cream
1 glass ice tea
1 glass of water
4 oz. Lean Beef
4 oz. Pork Steak
1 Cup mashed potatoes
1 dinner roll w/butter
1 slice of bread
1 cup peas
1 cup peas
½ cup ice cream
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How would your body feel without the proper nuitrition?
2. If you smoked tobacco for several years, what could happen?
3. Is it a good idea for athletes to smoke? _______
Why or why
4. Is chewing tobacco harmful to you, if so why?
If someone smokes around you, could it harm you?
Even though alcohol is legal, can it harm people?
If you answered yes to #6, how does it harm people?
If a person is drunk, whaat are some of the actions they might
Is it okay to drive after a person has been drinking?
all drugs dangerous?
What is the proper thing to do if someone offers you a pill or
something that looks strange to you?
What is an overdose?
What do drugs do your body?
Is it okay to take drugs that the doctor has given to someone
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