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uniform, lace up your boots, have a good speech and go door to door. Know why you’re there and what your goal is and say “please.” It’s pretty simple: If you want people to help, you have to work hard and ask for it.

DOES THAT WORK FOR BOY SCOUTS? My Cub Scouts sell popcorn phenom- enally. Why? Because they’re cute and they’re Cub Scouts. There’s this rumor that Boy Scouts can never compete against Cub Scouts. Hogwash. Our Boy Scouts beat the Cub Scouts by an average of $400 per boy last year.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR CHURCH AND SCOUTING UNITS WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER. Palmetto Land and the units mutually support one another and work close together for the youth in our programs. We have a huge faith-based medals program, and we do a huge Scout Sunday presenta- tion where we pack the house full of Scouts and parents and let them see the program. We also do a lot of com- munity service for the church. If they need it, we’ll do it.

WITH YOUR TROOP’S ACTIVE HIGH- ADVENTURE PROGRAM, HOW DO YOU FIND TIME FOR ADVANCEMENT? I think people focus way too much on advancement. Advancement is one of the eight methods of Scouting, so 12.5 percent of your time should be focused on advancement, and 87.5 percent should be focused on the other seven methods. Advancement will follow if you do it right. If you’re having fun and you’re training and you’re out- doors and you use the patrol method, all those patches will come. When they do, it’s the icing on the cake! ¿

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Take the challenge to become SCOUTStrong.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 percent of American kids and 35 percent of American adults are obese, putting them at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems. The main causes, of course, are too little exercise and too much food. Studies show only a third of kids are physically active each day, while a fourth of young kids eat fast food daily. The BSA is helping to fight the obesity epidemic with the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge.

WHAT IS THE SCOUTSTRONG PALA CHALLENGE? The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge is a Scouting- specific version of the award.

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM’S GOAL?To motivate par- ticipants to be physically active on a regular basis by encouraging them to participate in activities they enjoy, while also improving their eating habits.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? The SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge is open to Scouts and Scout leaders of all

ages, as well as parents, siblings, BSA alumni and friends of Scouting.

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT? For at least five days a week during a six-week period, participants must meet an activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids from 6 to 17 years of age. Participants can take up to eight weeks to com- plete the program, allowing them a margin for error if they fall short once or twice.

WHAT ACTIVITIES COUNT? Participants can count more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, including walking, gardening, canoeing, water aerobics and more. The key is to engage major muscle groups at a moderate to vigorous activity level. Activities do not have to be Scouting-related.

DO THE ACTIVITIES HAVE TO BE DONE CONTINUOUSLY? No. A Scout could count the 15 minutes he walks to school, a half-hour recess and the 15 minutes he walks home.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITION REQUIREMENT? Participants choose a healthy eating goal to focus on each week, such as eating smaller portions or drinking water instead of

sugary drinks. They add a new goal each week.

HOW CAN I TRACK MY PROGRESS? The program relies on self-reporting. There are two options: You can download a paper activ- ity log, or you can use the free online activity tracker. (Scouts should get their parent’s permission before going online.) The online option lets you create a group and see how your per- formance stacks up against other people in your group.

HOW DO I GET STARTED? Visit the SCOUTStrong PALA website at SCOUTStrongPALA, choose your state and council, and then click “Start your PALA Challenge!”

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE? Purchase a SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge patch (No. 614207) from A free downloadable certificate is available from the SCOUTStrong PALA website, scouting. org/SCOUTStrongPALA. Other items, such as T-shirts, are available from the President’s Challenge website, ¿

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