Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Physical Fitness

Activity description: We met at the middle school field and track area to work on the physical fitness requirement. We recorded how many push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups we could do, as well as how far we could jump and how fast we could run (400 meters or one lap around the track). We had fun cheering each other on and trying to achieve our personal best. We discussed the importance of regular physical activity and set the goal of getting 60 min. of physical activity most days. Note: Avery and Preston attended on June 25; Clay and Jacob attended on Aug. 27.

Tenderfoot Requirement #10: Record your best in the following tests: Push-ups, Pull-ups, Sit-ups, Standing long jump, 1/4-mile walk/run. Record them again 30 days later; show improvement in the activities listed after practicing for 30 days.

Faith in God: Developing Talents. Plan a physical fitness program for yourself that may include learning to play a sport or game. Participate in the program for one month.

Home assignment: Track your physical activity for 30 days (e.g., walking, biking, swimming, yard work, playing a sport or game, etc.). Bring a written record of your physical activity to our next two Scouting activities.

We also challenge the entire family to spend one hour outdoors most days. Unplugging your family from the TV, computer, or video games and replacing that time with a "green hour" will increase your physical activity and build family relationships.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summer Swimming

Activity description: We met at the indoor pool in Mapleton for a summer evening swim. We discussed safety and demonstrated water rescue methods. We also had the chance to show off our swimming and diving skills. We hit the Dairy Queen afterwords for "refreshment".

Second Class Rank Requirement #7:
a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place. c) Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.