Backyard obstacle course. You need to get some large
cardboard boxes, a few chairs, and some rope. Make up an outdoors
physical fitness arena using the boxes to crawl through, and chairs
to crawl under. Rope off the course, leaving room for the 50-yard
dash and standing long jump. You might begin by doing eight
push-ups, running the 50-yard dash crawl through the boxes, do a
standing long jump, crawl through the chairs, do 30 bent knee
sit-ups and at the end, do a vertical jump of at least 9 inches to
ring a bell at the finish line.
Take a tour of your local hospital and speak to a
dietician about eating healthy. You can also visit your local
exercise facility or gym and speak to a trainer about exercises that
fit your age and fitness level. Remember, check out the machinery at
the exercise facility to learn how to properly use it. Take care of
your most important machinery - your body.
Play tail tag. Make a tail out of cloth cut
approximately 18 inches long. You can have two different colors for
teams. "It" has to catch all of the tails from the
opposing team within a certain length of time. Or, you can have the
boy who is "It" catch one of the opposing colors tail, run
back and the next person on his team runs to get another one. Tails
should be tucked into the back of the pants at the waist or into the
back pocket. When the tail is "caught", that person should
freeze in their spot until all are caught on their team.
Heart of America Council
This activity badge can be done as gathering
activities for your Den while you are also working on another
activity badge during the main portion of your meeting.
enjoy being tested on these skills and you may want to test them
several times during the year. They will like seeing the progress
made as they become more proficient.
Be sure to see the:
Cub Leader How to Book and the Webelos Den
Activities Book for help with the badge.
equipment that you can use with the Den can be made from such things
as: old inner tubes, old tires, and screen door springs.
High School sports player, gym teacher, aerobics
- Take in a high school, college or professional
sporting event. Interview a player if permissible and ask him
how important fitness is for him.
- Visit a gym or health club. Have a professional
trainer show you how to use the equipment, and how each exercise
- Visit a hospital physical therapy or
rehabilitation center and have a health care professional
explain how to use exercise to repair or recover from
- Check your boys out on the required exercises.
Even if they can pass the requirements, have their results noted
to check for improvement.
- Have the boys construct some homemade equipment
to take home and use in their exercise program.
- Invite a serious weight lifter or one of your
school's sports coaches for a guest lecture.
Measure out a 600 yd. Course (approximately 1/3
mile) around your neighborhood. Try to keep from crossing streets or
climbing fences. Have the boys run against the clock.
Set up obstacle course
with five of the required elements of the Athlete Badge, plus a few
"fun" ones. Each requirement is assigned a station. An
adult or Den Chief should be at each station to record each Scout's
Station 1 - Sit ups
Station 2 -
Station 3 - Standing Long Jump
4 - Vertical Jump
Station 5 - 50 Yard
Station 6 - Tire Run
Station 7 - Hopping on
Inner Tube Muscle
Discarded inner tubes make great exercise equipment.
Cut an inner tube in half and loop it behind your hips, gripping the
loose ends with both hands. Keep your elbows at your sides and
stretch the tube forward as far as you can. Do this 8 - 10
If you have two inner tubes, loop both of them
around an upright pole, then slip each foot through a loop of
rubber. Pull against the tube, one leg at a time, with the tubes
resting at just about your heels. Try this for six times with each
leg to start.