We say it every time we repeat the Scout Oath – “…to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake….” The SCOUTStrong healthy living initiative reinforces this piece of all Scouting programs. It’s the incorporation of active lifestyles, healthy eating, and emotional fitness into the foundation of what the BSA is ultimately about—a place for youth to get outdoors, have fun, and have the adventure of a lifetime.
“To carry out all the duties and work of a Scout properly, one has to be strong, healthy, and active.”
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
Open to all youth and adult members and alumni of all BSA programs. Meet a daily activity goal of 30 min / day (adults) and 60 min / day (under 18 yrs) for 5 days / week for 6 out of 8 weeks.
Fifty percent of teens begin to self-medicate with OTC medicines in their homes as early as age 11. Designed to complement existing Scouts BSA and Venturing program materials, this program consists of four 15-minute exercises that can be led at regularly scheduled meetings.
SCOUTStrong Healthy Unit
Commit to three healthy practices at your regular unit meetings – fruit & veggie snacks, water, physical activity – and everyone earns a patch!
USA Triathlon’s CEO, Rocky Harris, has offered all BSA youth members complimentary youth digital annual membership for access to the mobile app, product discounts, online magazine subscription and more.
Dave Alexander’s Triathlon in a Box
Take your council’s community event to the next level – engage new partners, raise more money, be physically fit. This tool kit has all the resources you need to painlessly coordinate an age-appropriate triathlon.
Splash and Dash
BSA members who are 7 – 15 years old and have a USA Triathlon youth annual membership are eligible to take part in the fun and exciting multisport series.
Merit Badge Correlations
Complete requirements for the athletics, cycling, personal fitness, swimming, sports, water sports and cooking – yes, cooking – merit badges by participating in a USA Triathlon Splash and Dash.
“The biggest hit was the fruit and vegetable tasting. Kids tried new ones, learned to identify them, and then saw them as part of a healthy plate.”
– Sandy Smith, Den Leader, Katahdin Area Council – Maine.
Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules
Ultimate was developed in 1968 by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. It is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels from local leagues to the World Games.
Apply for a Kit
USA Ultimate’s Learn to Play kits provide new ultimate programs and local youth-serving organizations the tools they need to introduce Ultimate to boys and girls of all ages.
Merit Badge Correlations
Complete requirements for the athletics, personal fitness, sports and cooking – yes, cooking – merit badges by playing a game of Ultimate.