“To carry out all the duties and work of a Scout properly, one has to be strong, healthy, and active.”

Robert Baden-Powell



We say it every time we repeat the Scout Oath – “…to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake….” The SCOUTStrong healthy living initiative reinforces this piece of all Scouting programs. It’s the incorporation of active lifestyles, healthy eating, and emotional fitness into the foundation of what the BSA is ultimately about—a place for youth to get outdoors, have fun, and have the adventure of a lifetime.

There are now THREE different SCOUTstrong awards for your Scouts to strive for.


SCOUTStrong Healthy Unit

Open to all youth and adult members of all BSA programs. Commit to three healthy practices at your regular unit meetings – fruit & veggie snacks, water, physical activity – and everyone earns a patch!

Click here for the Healthy Unit Award Tracker


SCOUTStrong BeMedWise

Fifty percent of teens begin to self-medicate with OTC medicines in their homes as early as age 11. Designed to complement existing Scouts BSA and Venturing program materials, this program consists of four 15-minute exercises that can be led at regularly scheduled meetings.

Click here for for the BeMedWise Leader Manual


SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge

Open to all youth and adult members and alumni of all BSA programs. Meet a daily activity goal of 30 min / day (adults) and 60 min / day (under 18 yrs) for 5 days / week for 6 out of 8 weeks.

 Click here for the PALA Challenge Quick Start Guide