The aims of Scouting are character development, citizenship training, personal fitness (both mental and physical), and leadership development. 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 environment, Venturers learn to develop healthy personal relationships
- By seeking guidance from adult advisors, Venturers learn how to make responsible choices concerning drugs, alcohol, and dangerous behaviors which young people are exposed to in their daily lives.
- Physical fitness requirements must be met throughout the rank advancement program
- Scouts BSA learn about topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and internet safety
- The Scouts BSA program encourages young men to continuously work to improve their minds and bodies.
- A challenging outdoor program provides the opportunity for lots of physical activity
- Cub Scouts learn the importance of good nutrition
- Age appropriate outdoor activities help Cubs stay fit
- Many Cub Scout adventures encourage physical activity
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.
How does your unit incorporate fitness into its program? Put your ideas in the comments below.