SCOUTStrong




WHAT IS “PALA”?

  • PALA stands for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, an activity challenge of the President’s Challenge program. The President’s Challenge is a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Spor
    ts and Nutrition (PCFSN).
  • PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by http://www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/activeallowing them to participate in activities they enjoy. Earning a PALA is definitely doable by ANYONE at ANY fitness level.

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http://www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA



WHAT IS THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE?

        • In 2011 the BSA aligned with the PCFSN with the shared goal of together promoting good health for America’s youth; the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge is one of the results of this alliance. 
  • The SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge is a Scout-specific PALA challenge. Each BSA local council will have its own PALA group. Members of these groups will be able to: 
  • Compare their progress relative to the group 
        • Send messages to group members


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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE? 

The entire BSA organization is being encouraged to earn their SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge award; this includes the following:

  

 ❑ Scouts of all ages             ❑ Venturers                     ❑ Parents/Guardians 

    ❑ BSA Volunteers                ❑ Local Council Staff      ❑ National Council Staff 

    ❑ Friends of Scouting           ❑ BSA Alumni                 ❑ Council Board Members


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HOW DOES THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE WORK? 

  • To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge award, a participant is required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for a total of six weeks. Participants can take up to eight weeks to complete the program.
    • The participant picks their activities as they strive to reach their goal, logging their physical activity along the way.
    • Over 100 indoor and outdoor activities count toward the daily requirement, including walking, runnin
    • g, aerobics, gardening, and canoeing, as long as major muscle groups are engaged at a moderate to vigorous activity level.
    • Starting the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge will help participants:
      • Commit to daily physical activity—and stick with it.
      • Set realistic goals to encourage fitness for a lifetime.

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    HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE? 

    Participants can enroll and track their progress either online with a free Online Activity Tracker or on a paper Active Lifestyle Activity Log. 

    ONLINE:

    • Participant begins by visiting www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA
    • Participant uses the appropriate dropdown menu to pick the state that the council/organization they want to be affiliated with is located in. 
    • Participant use the appropriate dropdown menu to pick the council/organization with which they want to be affiliated with. 
    • Participant clicks [START THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE]
    • The participant should be at the PALA page of their affiliated council/organization. They should click [CREATE AN ACCOUNT]
    • The participant should complete the required fields and click [REGISTER]
    • They’ll arrive on their activity tracker home page, which they will see each time they log into their account. From this screen they can track their activities, join a group, see their award progress, and adjust their account preferences. 
    • Upon completion of the six-week program, the participant will receive a congratulatory email from the President's Challenge. Participants should print and submit this email to their Scout leader. 
    ON PAPER:
    • Participants will need to have an Active Lifestyle Activity Log; these can be downloaded for free at www.presidentschallenge.org/tools-resources/docs/PALA_log.pdf 
    • Participants should track their daily activity using the Active Lifestyle Activity Log. 
    • Upon completion of the six-week program, participants should self-certify the results at the bottom of the Active Lifestyle Activity Log and submit it to their Scout leadeR
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    WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS WHO COMPLETE THE SCOUTStrong PALA CHALLENGE EARN? 

    After successfully completing the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge, participants will be eligible to acquire all of the awards listed below: 

    • Participants may purchase a Joint BSA/PALA SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge award patch. These will be available in Scout shops after October 1, 2011. 
    • Participants may download for free a Joint BSA/PALA SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge achievement certificate at: www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA
    • Participants may purchase a President’s Challenge PALA patch, an achievement certificate, and other products by visiting www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/active/ and clicking on [SHOP].
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    LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION

    About SCOUTStrong:                                         www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA
    List of SCOUTStrong PALA Challeng Activiites:     www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/activities.shtml
    About PALA:                                                             www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/active
    About the President's Challenge                              www.presidentschallenge.org/about/
    About the PCFSN:                                                    www.fitness.gov/about-us/