BSA has created updated version of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The Fitness and Nutrition program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.
The Fitness and Nutrition program feature is listed in the Sports program features category, but fitness and nutrition are important for everyone, whether involved in sports or not. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:
- Get FITT principle of fitness: consider the frequency, intensity, time, and type of activities
- The My Plate way of promoting healthy eating habits
- Information on Body Mass Index (BMI)
- How to measure flexibility using a sit and reach box
Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.
- Learn proper techniques for push=ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and hurdler’s stretch (essential)
- Long jump or 1/4 mile run or walk (essential)
- 1 mile run or walk (challenging)
- Compare food eaten to My Plate (essential)
- Learn how to read food labels (challenging)
- Keep track longer with an app and set long term goals (advanced)
- Practice stretching and breathing (essential)
- Learn yoga (challenging)
- Learn Tai Chi (advanced)
There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings
- Know Your Food Groups
- Ultimate Frisbee
The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.
Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.
- Community walk or run (essential)
- Orienteering meet (challenging)
- Adventure race (advanced)
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