Boy Scouts of America Launches SCOUTStrong Program to Get Youth More Active and Fit
- “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. Today in San Antonio, at its Top Hands Conference of Scouting professionals, the organization launched a new healthy-living initiative called SCOUTStrong.
SCOUTStrong was kicked off by announcing a 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 SCOUTStrong 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.
Jamie Niss Dunn
Pack Trainer, Pack 512
Blaine/Coon Rapids, MN
Troop Committee, Troop 509
Ham Lake, MN
Secretary, Crew 849
Coon Rapids, MN
Cub Scout Training Coordinator
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Three Rivers District
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