Scrambled Scout Law
Here’s a game to help your Webelos learn the Scout Law.
The first one to unscramble the Scout Law is the winner.
scrambling the letters you may wish to rearrange the order to increase the
difficulty. Commissioner Dave
NOTE: Requirement 7
for the Fitness activity badge in the Webelos Scout Book asks boys to "Read
the booklet Don't Be Tricked by Drugs: A Deadly Game! Discuss it with an adult
and show that you understand the material." The revised version of the booklet
is now titled "Take a Stand Against Drugs." Local council service centers may
have copies, or they can be purchased from the Drug Abuse Task Force, S202,
Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
The fitness Activity Badge is recommended to be
completed in a one month format, as outlined in the Webelos Program Helps
booklet. This badge requires considerable work done at home. It is often
possible to work something else in the Den at the same time that this badge is
worked on. This is one of those badges that you REALLY need to get the parents
on board to help early. I would send home the reporting sheet (see below) a
week before the badge work starts. You can enlarge the sheet to the desired
Fitness Activity Badge Activities at Home
Your Scout is working on the Fitness Activity
Badge this month. This badge is required for the Webelos rank. It requires
work to be done at home. The most important thing is to get your Scout stared
on his 30 days of exercises. He was given a 30 day exercise chart on which he
chose six exercises to do. It is not mandatory that he do these exercises for
30 days with no interruptions – He simply needs to be consistent, do his best
and improve. Please make sure he has the exercise chart in his binder as we
will be doing tests throughout the month.
be discussing the following requirements in detail at the Den Meetings. As
your Scout completes the work in the Den, he needs to tell you about what he
has learned. The please initial where indicated and make sure this page stays
in the binder.
Requirement 1 –
parent or other adult family member complete the exercises in the pamphlet,
“How to Protect Your Children from Drug Abuse,” found in the front of the
completed Requirement 1 with my Scout
Requirement 3 –
adult member of your family five bad effects smoking or chewing tobacco would
have on your body
completed Requirement 3 with my Scout
Requirement 4 –
adult member of your family what drugs could do to your body and how they
could affect your ability to think clearly.
completed Requirement 4 with my Scout
Requirement 5 –
adult member of your family what a balanced diet is and whether or not your
diet is balanced.
completed Requirement 5 with my Scout
Requirement 6 –
adult member of your family why you should not use alcohol and how it could
completed Requirement 6 with my Scout
Things Boys Can Do If
They Don't Like Sports
Not everyone likes organized
sports. Some kids may not enjoy all the rules that are used in sports like
baseball and lacrosse. Other kids may like activities that don't require big
groups of people. For anyone who isn't into team sports - and even for those
who are - there are some really fun exercise choices to keep you physically
and mentally fit.
When It's Only You
Just turn on some music and boogie! Dancing is a
great aerobic exercise.
Invent some new dance moves.
Try hopping on your bike (don't forget your
helmet!). Take a ride around the neighborhood and see what's going on.
If you have skates or blades, give them a spin
(don't forget your helmet and pads!). If you skateboard, grab your board,
helmet, and pads, and try some new moves.
Try jumping rope and counting how many times you
can jump before you miss - jumping rope is a great way to get
Boxers often practice by skipping rope.
If you play tennis, try hitting a tennis ball
against a brick wall.
If basketball's your thing, try shooting hoops and
seeing how many you can sink.
If you're into
soccer, grab a ball, and see how long you can keep it in the air using your
feet, knees, and head.
See how long you can hop on one foot.
Do jumping jacks.
Sometimes being by yourself lets you practice things over and over that you
might not have a chance to practice otherwise. When you play with your friends
again, they'll be amazed at what you can do!
Games That Promote Fitness…But Not A Loser
Gym classes introduce kids to team sports like
football, basketball, soccer, and kickball - games that end with winners and
losers. In no-loser games, everyone wins!
- A Hackey Sack is a soft, leather, bean-filled bag about the size of a
Ping-Pong ball. Using only their feet, knees, and legs, two or more players
try to keep the sack in the air for as long as possible. Some kids practice
Hackey Sack alone because it helps them become more balanced and coordinated.
- Played in chest-deep water. This game works with just two players, but the
more the merrier. One player is "it" (like in tag). He keeps his eyes closed
during the game. At any time, he may cry out "Marco," to which every other
player must respond "Polo." He then tries to tag another player. The first
tagged becomes the new "it," and the game starts again. Marco Polo is not only
fun, it can be a good workout. It also puts less stress on your bones and
joints because the water makes your body float.
Action that tones your
muscles and keeps them strong is just as important as aerobic exercise. But
helping around the house can do more for you than make your mom or dad proud.
For example, playing badminton for 30 minutes burns about 170 calories, but 30
minutes of helping your mom or dad dig a garden can burn 200 calories!
A short list of
"around-the-house" resistance activities includes raking leaves, shoveling
snow, and even kneading bread. Bones, like muscles, become stronger from
resistance activity. Splitting firewood, scrubbing floors, and moving
furniture will help keep your joints well lubricated and protected.
Aim for Fun
The key to staying fit is finding
activities that are fun and challenging. Who's going to stick with something
that's boring? When fitness and fun are your goals, you don't need a sports
uniform or a bunch of people.
Why Is It Important to
Exercise is good for you for lots of reasons: it keeps you strong, healthy,
and happy. Staying fit is the goal. How you do it - alone or with others,
helping around the house, or joining a team - is up to you.
Other Calorie Burning Activities
Fitness activities you can do alone, with a group, or around the
climbing a tree
flying a kite
making a snowman
rowing a boat
running in place
throwing a Frisbee
walking the dog
washing the car
Whatever is going on, it's
always the right time to exercise! You don't need fancy equipment or expensive
sneakers. You don't need a ton of friends around. Sometimes you don't even
need to leave the house to get exercise.
Some things to do when there are two friends:
Have a handstand contest.
Ride bikes (don't forget your helmets).
Practice pitching and hitting a baseball.
Some things to do when there are a lot of friends:
Have a skateboarding contest.
Play outdoor hide and seek.
Dance to your favorite music.
Take an adventure hike.
Some things to do when it's hot and sticky:
Wash your dog
Wash your parents' or
Play Frisbee over a
sprints through a sprinkler.
Some things to do when you're stuck at home:
tumbling (make sure you have enough room).
Set up a scavenger
Hit a balloon or
balled-up sock around and try not to let it hit the floor.
What Do They Say
What do you say when someone is pressuring you to break
the rules, try drugs, alcohol, smoke a cigarette, or do something you don’t
want to do? Here are some suggestions. Try role playing with the boys to help
them feel comfortable with saying no. You can also try ignoring the remark or
simply leaving the room.
FACTS ABOUT SMOKING
According to the
World Health Organization,
there are 1.1 billion smokers worldwide and 6000 billion cigarettes are smoked
According to the
US Centers for Disease Control,
there are about 47 million adult cigarette smokers in the US. Moreover,
tobacco use in the US results in more than 430,000 deaths each year (about 1
in 5 deaths.) The economic costs of tobacco use cost more than $100 billion.
The New Straits Times
(August 11, 1997) reported on a "smoking contest" between two young men (ages
19 and 21 year old). These two men wanted to see who could smoke the most
cigarettes at a single sitting. The result was tragic: the 19 year old died
after smoking 100 cigarettes and the 21 year old was seriously poisoned after
smoking 80 cigarettes. It goes without saying, "Don't try this at home!"
"Bidi" cigarettes are
NOT safe alternatives to regular cigarettes. A bidi cigarette
has THREE times more nicotine and carbon monoxide and FIVE times more tar than
a regular American cigarette. (Statistic from Yen et al., Archives of
Pediatric and Adoles. Medicine, 154:1187-1189, 2000.)
The cost of a pack of
cigarettes in New York is about $7.00. Therefore, a person who smokes one pack
of cigarettes each day will spend $2,555.00 each year on tobacco. (Reference:
Associated Press story, "With packs hitting $7, smokers try to kick habit"
reprinted in the Seattle Times, July 13, 2002.)
More than 100 chemicals are
added to tobacco to make cigarettes. These chemicals include benzaldehyde,
butyric acid, decanoic acid, ethyl acetate, hexanoic acid,
3-methylbutyraldehyde, methylcyclopentenolone, and tolualdehydes. (Reference:
Philip Morris USA.)
ACTIVITIES THAT WILL HELP
THE BOYS UNDERSTAND THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF CIGARETTE SMOKING
Discuss pollutants in
the air - Use pictures from magazines or newspapers. Include: factory smoke,
car exhausts, rocket launches, and smoke from someone else’s burning cigarette
and so on.
Explain how all
living things need air to breath.
Put a plant under an
airtight container. What begins to happen? The same thing is happening to your
lungs each time you smoke a cigarette.
Put ants or other
insects in an airtight jar. Give them everything else they need except air.
What happens? Why? (When the insects activity begins to decrease open jar and
set them free)
Talk about the fact
that smoking cigarettes is harmful to our health and how it “pollutes” the
internal environment of our body (the lungs).
effect of sick or injured lungs:
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
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. What happened?
FACTS ABOUT SMOKELESS
Some ads you see now try to
make the smokeless tobaccos appear clean and good, sort of like a “safe” or
“good” substitute for smoking. Try to give your Webelos Scouts a closer and
more realistic look at the act and consequences of chewing and dipping.
Chewing tobacco calls for a golf ball sized wad
to be placed in the pouch of the cheek and sucked. Just think about that close
contact between your flesh and tobacco. The spitting that goes with getting
rid of the tobacco juices is unmannerly.
Why put something in your mouth so repulsive that
you have to spit it out again?
Dipping is the process of putting a pinch of
tobacco (snuff) between the lower lip and teeth. There it stimulates the flow
of saliva and mixes with it. The saliva must either be swallowed or spat out
As repulsive as spitting is, the use of smokeless
tobacco seems to be increasing. It is important to counter this with solid
facts on the dangers of smokeless tobaccos.
Smokeless tobacco does not carry the same health
hazard warning that cigarettes do, but they should. Smokeless tobacco is
dangerous and is habit forming.
Habitual use of chewing tobacco and snuff can
cause oral cancer. It also can cause a lessening sense of smell and taste. It
also causes dental problems like receding gums, tooth decay, bad breath and
ACTIVITES TO HELP THE BOYS
UNDERSTAND THE EFFECT OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO
Have a dentist come
and talk to the boys about the use of smokeless tobacco
If you know of an
individual who used to use smokeless tobacco, see if he or she would be
willing to talk to the boys.
Call the National
Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER and request
information to share with your scouts.
During 1996, the
danger of smokeless tobacco have received more publicity than usual due to
baseball pro pitcher BRETT BUTLER being diagnosed with mouth cancer although
he gave up the use of smokeless tobacco several years ago. Butler is an
example of a fine, healthy young man whose past habits have perhaps caught up
For the story of
another professional ballplayer whose use of smokeless tobacco apparently
contributed to his battle with oral cancer, see the October 1996 issue of
“READER’S DIGEST”, page 120. In this article, “My War with a Smoke-Free
Killer, former professional ballplayer Bill Tuttle describes his three year
battle with mouth cancer. Reprints of the Bill Tuttle article are also
available through the Reader’s Digest Reprint Service at 1-800-289-6457.