Take the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge!
“To keep myself physically strong” has been part of the oath that Boy Scouts have followed for more than 100 years. Even with fitness and wellness already one of its aims, the Boy Scouts of America is making a formal commitment to do even more to address the major health concerns facing today’s youth.
SCOUT Strong was kicked off by announcing collaboration with the President’s Challenge, the premier program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), resulting in a Scout-specific Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge. The organization hopes more than 500,000 youth will achieve the Scout Strong PALA by 2013, the year of the BSA’s next national Scout jamboree. PCFSN members, including Council co-chair Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, and Cornell McClellan, trainer to the First Family, congratulate the BSA on this initiative and will share fitness and health tips in the BSA youth publication, Boys’ Life.
Research shows that children today spend less time outdoors and more time engaged in sedentary activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The Scout Strong program is designed to be a starting point for creating regular, active lifestyle habits and teaching young people to make healthier choices.
This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and BSA Alumni.
To earn the SCOUT Strong PALA, children need to be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks; adults need 30 minutes a day.