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Personal Fitness

Required Adventure

In the Scout Oath we promise to keep ourselves physically strong. Proper nutrition, staying active with group activities, and personal exercises are key to being physically strong. You are now old enough to also know about your personal BSA Health and Medical Record.

Requirements

Plan a balanced meal that you would eat when camping. Prepare that meal using the gear you would use on a campout.
Prepare A Meal On Campout
LocationTravel
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts prepare a pizza on a campout.

  • Cutting boards
  • 2 Chef knives, 6” blades are recommended
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Bowls for holding pizza ingredients
  • Fork for mixing
  • Plates one for each Cub Scout
  • Napkins
  • Cooking stations with access to stoves or grills
  • Food handling gloves, one two for each Cub Scout
  • Hand sanitizer
  •  8 lb. bag of charcoal, 29 pieces of charcoal per pizza
  • Charcoal chimney
  • Lighter
  • 12” Dutch oven
  • Parchment paper or other liner
  • Scissors
  • Large serving bowl for salad
  • Small salad bowls – one for each Cub Scout
  • Forks – one for each Cub Scout

Pizza ingredients for a serving of 10:

  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 roll of refrigerated pizza dough
  • ½ jar pizza sauce
  • Desired pizza toppings
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Salad ingredients for a serving of 10:

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 16 oz of Italian salad dressing

This requirement does not have to be completed on a campout. The requirement is to prepare a meal that would work well on a campout.

Before the meeting:

  1. Become familiar with the food groups using USDA My Plate.
  2. Learn how to make Dutch oven pizza for cooking on a campout by watching the Scout Life video, How to Make a Dutch-Oven Pizza”.
  3. Coordinate with your pack leadership that your den will be cooking dinner during the campout for this Adventure to allow for proper planning.
  4. Identify a local grocery store for the den to meet at and  shop for the ingredients.   Confirm the date, time, and location of the visit to the grocery store.
  5. Inform Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians of the date, time, and location of the visit to the grocery store and the details of the campout.  Request that parents and legal guardians participate in the visit to the grocery store to provide additional supervision.
  6. Check with each parent or legal guardian for Cub Scouts to check for food allergies or dietary restrictions and make any necessary adjustments.
  7. Secure funding for food shopping with your pack leadership.
  8. Gather needed supplies.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and review with them the steps to making the Dutch oven pizza and salad.  Give each Cub Scout a specific responsibility for preparing the meal.  One team could make the pizza and another team make the salad.
  2. Prepare the oven by cutting three strips of parchment paper approximately 18 inches long and 5 inches wide. Fold in half length-wise, crisscross strips in the bottom of the oven and drape the ends of the strips over the edge. This might require others to help you hold the strips in place. Spray the parchment and the bottom of the oven with cooking oil spray.
  3. On a clean surface, press dough into a shape that will fit snugly (without touching the edges) in your 12” Dutch oven.
  4. Place the circle of dough in the bottom of your oven. Poke the surface of the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles from forming.
  5. Bake the dough for 5-8 minutes using 10 coals beneath your oven and 19 coals on top, arranged in a double ring on the lid.
  6. Remove the lid and oven from the charcoal. Add pizza sauce, your desired toppings and cheese. Replace the lid on the Dutch oven and place over the ring of charcoal to bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough is golden brown and cheese is bubbly and turning brown.
  7. Remove oven from charcoal. Use teamwork and the parchment strips to lift the hot pizza out of the oven.
  8. To make the salad, Cub Scouts cut the iceberg lettuce into fork-sized pieces and placed it in the salad bowl.  Have them slice the cucumber and dice the tomatoes and add to the salad.  Leave the salad dressing on the side for people to add as they would like.
Prepare Meal For A Picnic
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts prepare a meal for a picnic.

  • Cooler with ice
  • 1 burrito size wheat tortilla per Cub Scout
  • 4 ounces sliced or shredded cooked turkey per Cub Scout
  • 2 ounces shredded  cheddar cheese per Cub Scout
  • 1 small tomato thinly sliced per two Cub Scouts
  • Ranch dressing to taste
  • Chopped lettuce, enough for all the Cub Scouts
  • Quart size baggie
  • Marker
  • Napkins
  • Hand sanitizer

This requirement does not have to be completed on a campout. The requirement is to prepare a meal that would work well on a campout.

Before the meeting:

  1. Become familiar with the food groups using USDA My Plate.
  2. Coordinate with your pack leadership that your den will be cooking dinner during the campout for this Adventure to allow for proper planning.
  3. Identify a local grocery store for the den to meet at to shop for the ingredients for the balanced meal, tortilla wrap.  Confirm the date, time, and location of the visit to the grocery store.
  4. Inform Cub Scouts, parents, and legal guardians of the date, time, and location of the visit to the grocery store and the details of the campout.  Request that parents and legal guardians participate in the visit to the grocery store to provide additional supervision.
  5. Check with each parent or legal guardian for Cub Scouts to check for food allergies or dietary restrictions and make any necessary adjustments.
  6. Secure funding for food shopping with your pack leadership.
  7. Gather any needed supplies.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts wash hands.
  2. Gather around a table and set out ingredients for Cub Scouts.
  3. Have Cub Scouts build their sandwich.
    • Place some lettuce in the center of a large burrito or wrap.
    • On top of the lettuce, layer the cheese, and sliced tomatoes.
    • Drizzle dressing to taste, then place the sliced turkey on top.
    • Fold over ends and roll up tightly (like a burrito), then cut in half.
  4. Have Cub Scouts put their wrap into a large plastic baggie and label it with their name for transport.
  5. Go on a picnic with Cub Scouts.
Examine what it is to be physically fit and how you incorporate this in your life. Track the number of times you are active for 30 minutes or longer over a 14-day period. Share with your patrol or family what you enjoyed and if you feel you are living up to the Scout Oath of being physically strong.
Tracking Your Fitness
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts  track their physical fitness for 14 days.

  • Arrow of Light handbook or Personal Fitness Activity Log found in Additional Resources
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts to bring their Arrow of Light handbook or print a copy of the Personal Fitness Activity Log for each Cub Scout.

During the first meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts that being physically fit is one of the Scout Laws. Explain that they will be using a log to write down activities that keep them fit and the duration of the activity for the next 14 days. Let them know that they must do the activity or exercise for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Discuss with Cub Scouts the types of activities or exercises that they might choose. Some ideas to help them:
    • Running
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
    • Dancing
    • Skateboarding
  3. Ask Cub Scouts to open their Arrow of Light handbook to the activity log. Explain that this is where they should write their activity each day along with the time.
  4. Let them know the date of the next den meeting and that they should complete their activity log by that date.

Before the second meeting:

  1. Send a reminder for Cub Scouts to bring their activity log to the meeting.

During the second meeting (held 14 days or more after the first meeting):

  1. Ask the following questions to Cub Scouts:
    • What kind of activities did you do during the 14 days?
    • Was it easy to track your progress?
    • Why is it important to remain physically active?
    • What is your favorite way to stay active?
Be active for 30 minutes with your patrol, a younger den, or at least one other person in a way that includes both stretching and moving.
Cycling Fun
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts go on a bike ride.

  • Bicycle helmet for each Cub Scout
  • Closed-toe shoes for each Cub Scout
  • Activity Consent Form
  • Bike for each Cub Scout
  • Access to Cycling Stretching found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the Cycling Stretching exercises found in Additional Resources.
  2. Confirm each Cub Scout who will be completing this Adventure has a bike and helmet.
  3. Locate an appropriate location for bike riding.
  4. Communicate the location to parents or legal guardians and ask them to bring the Activity Consent form.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts choose a buddy.
  2. Review proper helmet fitting and bicycle safety rules.
  3. Each Cub Scout should check their bike to ensure it’s in good condition.
  4. Have those riding bicycles, put on their helmets.  Check for proper fitting.
  5. Before riding, lead the group in Cycling Stretching exercises found in Additional Resources.
  6. Tell Cub Scouts to stay with their buddy and go for a bike ride for at least 30 minutes.

Tip: This activity may be completed as part of the Cycling Adventure.

Cycling Stretching

Exploring Sports
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Cub Scouts participate in a school or extracurricular sport.

  • No additional supplies

This activity assumes that the Cub Scout is participating in a sporting activity, either as part of a team or as an individual.

During the meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts that being physically fit is one of the Scout Laws.
  2. Ask them if they participate in a sport at school or as an extracurricular activity.
  3. Have each Cub Scout who participate in an organized sport or physical extracurricular activity share their chosen sport or activity and describe what a typical practice is like. =  If possible have them demonstrate an exercise they do to help them prepare for their sport or activity.
Kickball Madness
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts play kickball.

  • 10-inch rubber kickball
  • 4 baseball bases

Before the meeting:

  1. Become familiar with the rules of playing kickball from the World Kickball Association.
  2. Keep the rules simple and adjust the distance of the kickball field so Cub Scouts can compete.
  3. Identify a space clear of obstacles and hazards to lay out the kickball field.
  4. Layout the kickball field using baseball bases.
  5. If the kickball field you are using is not at your regular meeting location, send a reminder to all parents, legal guardians, and adult partners in the den about the date, time, and location of the den meeting.

During the meeting:

  1. Remind Cub Scouts that being physically fit is one of the Scout Laws.
  2. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and divide them into two teams, keeping adult partners together with their Cub Scouts.
  3. Ask Cub Scouts why following rules in a game is important.  Ask Cub Scouts which points of the Scout Law they should follow when they are playing a game and why.
  4. Review the rules to kickball and how to score, rules are similar to baseball.
  5. To begin, one team will be in the outfield and the other will be the kicking team.
  6. A member of the outfield team is the pitcher and begins the game by rolling the ball to the first kicker on the kicking team.
  7. Once the kicker kicks the ball, they run around the bases in order.
  8. If the ball lands in the foul zone, the kicker must try again, and the foul will count as a strike.
  9. If the ball is caught without touching the ground the kicker is out.
  10. When running bases, a kicker can be out if they are touched with the ball while it is in the hands of an opposing team member when they are off of a base.
  11. You may not throw the kickball at someone to get them out.
  12. A team gets three outs before the team switches to the outfield.
  13. The team with the most points wins.
Review your BSA Annual Health and Medical Record with your parent or legal guardian. Discuss your ability to participate in Arrow of Light patrol and pack activities.
BSA Annual Health And Medical Record AOL
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts review their BSA Annual Health and Medical Records with their parent or legal guardian.

Before the meeting:

  1. If the Cub Scout family has already submitted their BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, ensure that it is available for the den meeting.
  2. Have copies available for Arrow of Light scouts that have not already submitted their BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.
  3. Set up meeting space with tables and chairs for writing.

During the meeting:

  1. Ask Arrow of Light scouts and parent or legal guardians to sit together.
  2. Pass out any completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record forms.  Hand blank forms to those who have not yet filled one out.
  3. Ask parents or legal guardians to fill out/review the form with their child.  Parents or legal guardians should discuss with their Cub Scout any activities they should not participate in or conditions that should be shared with adult leadership for safety reasons.
  4. Collect the completed/reviewed forms.

After the meeting:

  1. Review each Arrow of Light scouts BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.  Follow up with any questions you have with individual families about participation limits.
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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

Before starting this Adventure:

  • Review the Food Allergies safety moment.
  • Review each Cub Scouts BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for any food allergies or restrictions.
  • Ask if any member of the den, youth, or adult, has any religious, or cultural dietary concerns.
  • there is someone in the den, youth, or adults, who carries an EpiPen due to severe allergies make sure that at least one other adult knows how to administer the EpiPen. To learn more, review this Safety Moment on anaphylaxis.
  • ​​Review​ the Keep Your Food Safe guide to properly keep, store, and prepare food.

When cooking and using a knife, the Knife Safety Adventure must be completed first.

For requirement 3, if choosing to go cycling:

During the Adventure:

  • Conduct an “ABC Quick Check” on the bicycles before riding.  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has a checklist for air, brakes, and cranks, chain, and cogs.
  • If conducting a bike ride away from your regular meeting location make sure to have everyone complete an Activity Consent form.

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