Fitness and Nutrition Program Feature for Scouts BSA Troops

Main Ideas

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

Troop Meeting Ideas

Suggested troop meeting ideas for the Fitness and Nutrition program feature 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)

Games and More

There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings for the Fitness and Nutrition Program Feature.

  • Know Your Food Groups
  • Ultimate Frisbee

The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.

Fitness and Nutrition Program Troop Outing

Then there is the “Main Event” for the Fitness and Nutrition Program Feature. 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)

More Resources

Find some related helps and achievements for the Fitness and Nutrition Program Feature below.

Trail Food

When you are on the trail, you don’t have a way to keep food cool and you want something which will provide energy, will travel well, and is lightweight. Trail mix is a popular trail food and there are many possible combinations. Or with a small trail stove, you can heat something up with water.

Powdered Sports Drink Recipe

Sports drinks like Gatorade or Power Aid are designed to replenish the water and salt your body loses when you are active or exercising. You can mix up your own powdered mix to accomplish this for a fraction of the cost of purchasing these drinks by the bottle.

Favorite Recipes for Scouts and Camping

I love to cook, both at home and at camp. Here is a list of the recipes on my site. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Contact me and I’ll share it.

More Program Themes for Scouts BSA

Themes are a way to help your youth leadership plan an month of activities around a central skill or emphasis. This will help youth leaders focus during planning sessions and keep the program interesting. BSA provides a number or program features.


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