Program Feature: FITNESS & NUTRITION

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Getting Into Shape

Fitness is essential to many Scouting activities and a major contributor to a long, healthy life. The Scout Oath proclaims that a Scout is physically strong, but many Scouts (and leaders) aren’t as fit as they’d like to be.

We all know we should eat nutritious meals and get plenty of exercise, but how do you get started if you have developed some bad habits? Living a fit life requires balance in your mind and spirit as well, but how can you find balance if you are stressed out by the demands of school and other activities?

The best way to start is by figuring out where you stand. In this program feature, Scouts will begin by determining their own fitness levels, learn some of the building blocks of fitness and nutrition, and then apply that learning in a challenging main event. This program feature won’t turn you and your fellow Scouts into elite athletes, but it will put you on the road toward a healthier, more satisfying lifestyle.

Note: Increased fitness and good nutrition don’t happen overnight. While most program features are designed to be done in about a month’s time, you might get more out of this module if you do it over several months. Consider using parts of this module to fill in planning gaps throughout the year. If your main event is going to be a race or competition, you will need more than a month to train properly. Before beginning this program feature, it’s a good idea for all participants to have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and licensed healthcare provider: a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Use the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.


Fitness and Nutrition Information Troop Meetings Main Event