Aims of Scouting – Fitness

The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. So how are physical and mental fitness is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA?


  • Venturers develop physical fitness through sports and high adventure activities
  • By interacting with other young adults in a safe envirionment, Venturers learn to develop healthy personal relationships
  • By seeking guidence from adult advisors, Venturers learn how to make respoonsible choices concerning drugs, alchohol, and dangerous behaviours which young people are exposed to in their daily lives.

Boy Scouts

  • Physical fitness requirments must be met throughout the rank advancement program
  • Boy Scouts learn about topics such as drug and alchohol abuse, bullying, and internet safety
  • The Boy Scout program encourages young men to continously work to improve their minds and bodies.
  • A challenging outdoor program provides the opportunity for lots of physical activity

Cub Scouts

  • Cub Scouts learn the importance of good nutrition
  • Age appropriate outdoor activities help Cubs stay fit
  • The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program encourages Cub Scouts to explore different sports

These are just a few of the ways we can encourage fitness in the various levels of Scouting. And it is important for all of us Scouters to set a good example and to try and improve our own fitness also.

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