Saturday, 11 April 2009

Kids and Fitness

In today's world where being fit is compared to how strong, ripped, and muscular you are, how are kids who are not star athletes suppose to compare. It can be really hard for those kids who are not athletic or really strong to even get a fair chance when it comes to physical activities or physical education classes, just because so many PE teachers and coaches will not spend time with the kids that need the most attention. The group I am talking about is the out of shape kids who either dislike sports or are not able to participate in them because the sport is too competitive. This to me personally is too bad, so where are the kids who are out of shape and still scouts suppose to turn to. I think the solution is to involve the scout leaders more often in keeping themselves and their youth members fit. I most definitely admit that I am not the best example when it comes to physical activity but I am going to try my best anyway.

I think that the standard definition of the word fitness or fit needs to be looked at again. First lets look at society's definition which is as follows:
To be really strong, muscular, or otherwise built for athletic activities.
Now lets look at the dictionary's definition of the word"
The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy as the result of vigirous physical activity and proper nutrtion.
A state of general mental and physical well-being
Obviously the standard definition is far from the truth of what being fit actually means. So lets educate our boys on what true fitness is about.

After that I think we need to make a commitment to ourselves to be in good enough shape to enjoy all of the lovely outdoor activities that we want to participate in. Then finally after making a commitment to ourselves we need to help our youth find ways to stay fit that do not require us to break down the kid and making feel useless.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616
Great Alaska COuncil
Eagle Scout OA Brotherhood Member
NSJ '05 WSJ '07 Philmont AA '08

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