Stronger, Faster, Higher Meetings

We are on our second meeting for the “Stronger, Faster, Higher” adventure.  The first meeting, we had the scouts work on the basic fitness items A-F (jumprope, pushups, 20-yd dash, etc.)  We recorded their results and asked them to keep it up for 30 days and record their results weekly at least.

The second meeting we had them design a fitness course.  We have a rather large den (13 kids).  We let them flounder around and chaos ensued for about 5 minutes until we broke them up into two groups.  We had one group that was passionate about football design a sort of NFL combine course.  They did a good job with this.  We had to have adults be the ones throwing the passes.  So, we had to set their expectations a bit, but it was nice to let them do something they enjoyed… football.  The other half of the group was less interested in football and designed a different course involving jumping, crab walking, frisbee toss, and plain running.  We wound up prepending the football course to the jumping course and it all worked out fine.

We had to drive home to the scouts that they are really competing against themselves to become “Stronger, Faster, and Higher”.  We will repeat the course in two weeks.

In this meeting we also had them practice a relay game to teach to the younger scouts at our next pack meeting.  Will report on this next time.

Next week we have our shopping trip for camping at Costco for “Cast Iron Chef”.  We are camping next week.  It’s a bit late for the cubbies to go camping, but it’s been warm so far this fall.. (famous last words!).

Cast Iron Chef and Camping Adventures – Meeting 2

Again… Joaquin… you REALLY SUCK!

This meeting was really good.  We had our AWESOME den chief to help us out tonight. We covered their logs for nutrition, the menu for camping, and practicing their bowline as a gathering activity (not everyone got it the first time).

We went over their nutrition logs.  They were supposed to record everything they ate and say whether it was Animal, mineral, or vegetable… wait, that’s 20 questions.. It was fruit, vegetable, dairy, protein, or grain :).  About 50% of my kids actually did it (yes, they had reminders).  I had the ones that did it pair up with the ones who didn’t and calculate a pie chart for how much of each they ate.  I used a free iPhone app that generates pie charts so they can get an idea.  Then we went around and everyone said what they needed to eat more/less of.  Of course, my child was overloaded on carbs!  But, it was a good, quick exercise for them to be conscious of what they intake and to try and balance it.

We then worked on planning meals for our campout.  We split them into two groups.  One dinner group and one breakfast group.  Den Chief was very helpful to make sure that not all the meals were carbs!  We have to make sure that adults can eat the meals too!  We had the groups make shopping lists as well.

We have another meeting setup to do the Campout shopping at Costco for the dinner and breakfast that our scouts are responsible for during the trip.

Alas… Joaquin came and made us reschedule our campout.  Stay tuned for how our campout actually goes…

Cast Iron Chef and Camping Adventures – Meeting 1

We have a group of Webelos 1.  We are following the new 2015 curriculum.  We thought the “Cast Iron Chef” and “Camper” Adventures fit nicely together.  Here is my experience with our den so far on these:

We centered everything around our big fall camping trip. Which has been canceled and rescheduled already (Joaquin, you suck!).  Our first meeting (our first of the year actually), we had the scouts work on tying bowlines and do the race they suggest in the leader guide.  This meeting was a bit rocky, but rocky because we have a large den and my co-leader and I just merged our dens together.  We had them set their personal nutrition goals (part of the Cast Iron Chef).  We also had them recite the outdoor code and the “Leave No Trace” principles.