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FITNESS ACTIVITY BADGE

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

OBJECTIVES

To show Webelos how to be strong in body and to make them aware of substances which will weaken their bodies.

RELATED MERIT BADGES

Athlete, Personal Fitness, Family Member

Fitness is important to everybody. The Fitness Activity Badge teaches what is necessary to maintain a healthy life-style. Fitness is part of the Physical Skills group.

ACTIVITIES

Health habits learned in childhood tend to last a lifetime.  The Fitness activity badge is designed to make Webelos more aware of good physical fitness, and what proper food and rest can do for him.  That's why this activity badge will help the Webelos learn about the benefits of taking care of his body.

CAREERS / SPEAKERS

  • YMCA director, health class teacher, personal trainer, coach, CPR instructor, camp staff, insurance company public relations. 

  • 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 kids?

  • Arrange a visit to the YMCA or local health club. Tour the whole facility looking at all the machines. Meet briefly with various instructors to find out what they do. Look at a schedule of classes. Get some fitness tips from a personal trainer. Ask what they do for emergencies.

  • Find out if there is a nurse or doctor in your pack who would be willing to meet with your den to answer questions about health. (Have boys write the questions on cards so they are anonymous.

  • Have the boys read a story in the newspaper or magazine about a drug or alcohol related incident. Have them report back to the den and discuss what happened.

  • Invite a nurse, doctor, or EMT to talk about the effects of tobacco, drug or alcohol abuse as well as the positive effects of eating a healthy diet.

WHERE TO GO; WHAT TO DO

  • Visit with a dietitian and talk about the four food groups and planning meals.

  • Visit a dentist's office and talk about dental health.

  • Talk with an aerobics instructor about exercising.

  • Have a doctor visit your den and talk about tobacco abuse.

  • Keep a chart of what you eat for a whole week and record the foods in columns for the four food groups and one more for "junk food".

  • Have a pharmacist visit your den and talk about use and abuse of drugs and safe handling of medicine


 SUGGESTED DEN ACTIVITIES
  • 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 kids?

  • Arrange a visit to the YMCA or local health club.  Tour the whole facility looking at all the machines.  Meet briefly with various instructors to find out what they do.  Look at a schedule of classes.  Get some fitness tips from a personal trainer.  Ask what they do for emergencies.

  • Find out if there is a nurse or doctor in your pack who would be willing to meet with your den to answer questions about health.  (Have boys write the questions on cards so they are anonymous.

  • Fancy Writing

  • Give each boy two pieces of paper and pencil.  Ask him to remove both shoes and write his name using the pencil in his toes.  Try each foot on different paper.  Is on easier?  Can you read it?

  • Let boys design posters on how to say no to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Display at a pack meeting.

  • Show films (approved by parents and pack committee) on drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Invite a dietitian to come and discuss the benefits of a balanced diet.

  • Have the boys collect advertisements for tobacco and alcohol. Help the boys see that the activities in those ads have nothing to do with tobacco or alcohol. Have them read the warning labels on cigarette advertisements, note the size of the warning in relation to the ad. Can people do the activities depicted in the ads without smoking or drinking?

  • Have the boys read a story in the newspaper or magazine about a drug or alcohol related incident. Have them report back to the den and discuss what happened.

  • Invite a nurse, doctor, or EMT to talk about the effects of tobacco, drug or alcohol abuse as well as the positive effects of eating a healthy diet.

  • Invite a local sports figure or coach to come and discuss fitness with the boys.

  • Let boys design posters on how to say no to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Display at a pack meeting.

  • Show films (approved by parents and pack committee) on drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Invite a dietitian to come and discuss the benefits of a balanced diet.

  • Take a field trip to a fitness or recreation center.

JUMPING ROPE

  • Jumping rope is wonderful aerobic exercise, which means that it exercises the heart.

  • Professional athletes like boxers use skipping rope to built their endurance and coordination.

  • See how many jumps you can do before making a mistake.

  • How long can you jump rope? The world record is over 12 hours.

  • How fast can you jump rope? Fast jumping is best done boxer style with both feet together all the time. It is helpful to have a short rope so that it just misses the ground as you jump.

  • Can you jump backwards? With practice, you will find this almost as easy as skipping forward.

  • Cross hand jump: jump in the normal way but, as the rope passes over your head, bring your hands forward and cross your wrists. Quickly uncross them before jumping over the rope.

  • Two jump: jumping with a friend using only one rope.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE INFORMATION RESOURCES

Awareness of substance abuse problems is a very important part of the Fitness pin. Remember to stress that prescription drugs administered by a doctor or parent are okay and emphasize that the problem is misuse or abuse of drugs for non medical purposes. Many pamphlets and books, written on the level of Webelos age boys, exist on this subject. 

Some resources are: “Drugs: A Deadly Game”, community hospitals, local police stations and DARE officers, libraries, and the Consumer Information Center, which you can contact at PO Box 100, Pueblo, Colorado, 81002.

TEST YOUR HEARTBEAT

Did you know that you can't actually hear a heartbeat? The heartbeat itself is just a contraction of muscle and is perfectly quiet. What you can hear is the sound of heart valves snapping shut. Here's how to test your heartbeat: Press the first two fingers of one hand over the radial artery in the opposite wrist. The radial artery is located under the depression just below the base of your wrist. Sit very quietly and move your fingers until you can feel the pulse of your blood. Using a watch or clock with a second hand, count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Multiply by 6. Now you know the number of beats per minute.

Run, exercise, or jump rope for 10 minutes. Take your pulse again to see how much faster your heart is pumping.

HOP, STEP, AND JUMP

The boy takes a running hop (land on same foot), then a long step and a final jump (leaping off one foot and landing on both feet). His score is the total distance covered.


JOKES

Since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, then the left-handed people are the only ones in their right mind!

What two words in a dentist's office can make a toothache go away?  You're next.

"Doctor, that ointment you gave me makes my arm smart."  "In that case, rub some on your head!"

RESOURCES
  • Webelos Scout Book.

  • Official Boy Scout Handbook.

  • Boys' Life Reprint, "Drugs -- A Deadly Game".

  • Webelos Leader Guide, No. 33853 A, pp 78-82 .

  • Boys' Life Magazine.

  • Cub Scout Leaders How-To Book.

  • Cub Scout Sports: Physical Fitness.

  • Antonancci, Robert J. Physical Fitness for Young Champions. Fodor, R. V. Growing Strong.