“If you exceed the maximum weight for height as explained on this page and your planned high-adventure activity will take you more than 30 minutes away from an emergency vehicle accessible roadway, you will not be allowed to participate.”
– Annual BSA Health and Medical Record Part C
“Be Prepared to Take the Challenge”
Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America discontinued the BSA Fitness Award program. The reasoning behind this decision was the historical lack of participation, and the difficulties in tracking and administering the program. But the commitment of the BSA to promoting physical fitness and health has not changed.
The Boy Scouts of America have now partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition to present the new “ScoutStrong” program. Through the joining with the President’s Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), this new program integrates exercise with healthy lifestyle changes in an effort to bring about positive life changes, and an increased awareness of the significance of everyday lifestyle choices in contributing to an overall health and fitness of Scouts and Scouters of all ages.
This new program is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, meaning Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Commissioners, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and even BSA Alumni.
To become involved and earn the ScoutStrong/PALA Challenge Award, each participant is required to meet a daily goal of activity and fitness, for at least five days a week, and for six of eight weeks to start. Faithful fulfillment of your individual goals will result in earning the ScoutStrong award in about two months. Participants track their progress by entering the activities that they complete on a daily basis, and tracking their healthy eating goals on a weekly basis. The tracking is completed on-line through the PALA website.
No matter what activity Scouts and Scouters of all ages choose to engage in, the results will be the same - healthier, more physically prepared Scouts and Scouters, who are more ready to meet the challenges of the Scouting program, as well as living healthier, more active lives.
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