One of the main purposes of Scouting is to teach youth how to stay physically fit. Scouts learn about personal fitness and challenge themselves by participating in activities like sports, hiking, cycling, swimming, and more.
While working on the Quest Award, Venturers learn about the importance of healthy eating habits and physical activity. They learn the importance of participating in sports, either as individuals or as a member of a team.
Webelos/AOL Sports Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Sportsman is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Sportsman adventure, Webelos learn about sportsmanship and play individual and team sports.
Rolling Tigers Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Rolling Tigers is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about bicycle safety, equipment, and laws. They also go on a bike ride.
Hiking Cub Scout Theme
Don't forget to put the "outing" in Scouting. Cub Scouts enjoy going hiking. Remember to pick a trail of an appropriate difficulty level for your age group. Webelos have a lot more stamina than Lions and Tigers. Here are some ideas to help with a Cub Scout activity or two centered around hiking.
Bicycle Safety Crossword Puzzle
This simple crossword puzzle introduces bicycle safety concepts. Use it to start a discussion about safe cycling with your Scouts. It includes a list of words to use in the puzzle.
Soccer Word Search Puzzle
This soccer word search puzzle can be used as an introduction to any soccer or sports themed meeting or event. The word search has 30 soccer vocabulary words. (See below). A key is also provided.
Cycling/Mountain Biking Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Cycling/Mountain Biking elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn about maintaining a bicycle, safe riding, and trip planning. They must take several bike rides and share their knowledge with others.
Our pack might be doing a bike rodeo this year. I have visited these before, but we have never put one on ourselves. So I am researching possible "stations" which the kids can rotate through for the activity.
Bike Inspection Checklist
Before riding a bike, Scouts should know how to do an inspection of the bicycle and check that it is in working order. The bike inspection checklist below will give you a good starting point. You will need to explain each step to the Scouts so they learn the terminology and why each part is important.
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.
Winter Sports Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Winter Sports elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn all about Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating.
Use the Force Star Wars Game
The idea of this game is for each player to "use the force" to keep a balloon on a pool noodle light saber.
Bike Repair Tips
. If you are going to ride a bike, you'd better make sure it is in good repair first. You don't want to be riding along and have your front wheel fall off or your brakes not work. I found a great website called How To Fix Bikes which offers all sorts of advice on - drum roll... - how to fix bikes!
Bicycle Helmet Fitting
Cycling is a fun outdoor activity for Scouts of all ages. Helmets are required for all BSA cycling activities. It is important to note that this applies to adults also. Your helmet isn't going to do you much good if it doesn't fit correctly. Here are some guidelines.
Wolf Paws of Skill Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Paws of Skill is one of the Wolf Cub Scout elective adventures. For the Paws of Skill adventure, Wolves learn about sportsmanship and using sports to stay physically fit.
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