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A merit badge for Boy scouts. This is a required badge for Eagle. Taken from meritbadge.com:

If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against the Scout's religious convictions, it does not have to be done if the Scout's parents and proper religious advisors state in writing that

  1. To do so would be against religious convictions.
  2. The parents accept full responsibility for anything that might happen because of such exemption. They release the Boy Scouts of America from any responsibility.
    1. Before you try to meet any other requirements, have your health-care provider give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form. Describe the examination. Tell what questions you were asked about your health. Tell what health or medical recommendations were made and report what you have done in response to the recommendations.
      Explain the following:
      1. Why physical exams are important
      2. Why preventative habits are important in maintaining good health
      3. Diseases that can be prevented and how
      4. The seven warning signs of cancer
      5. The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular fitness in adulthood
    2. Have an examination made by your dentist. Get a statement saying that your teeth have been checked and cared for. Tell how to care for your teeth.
  2. Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing what personal fitness means to you, including:
    1. Components of personal fitness.
    2. Reasons for being fit in all components.
    3. What it means to be mentally healthy.
    4. What it means to be physically healthy and fit.
    5. What it means to be socially healthy. Discuss your activity in the eight areas of healthy social fitness.
    6. What can you do to prevent social, emotional, or mental problems.
  3. With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions:
    1. Are you free from all curable diseases? Are you living in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases is minimized?
    2. Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of your health-care provider?
    3. Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and know why it is important for you? Does your diet include foods from all the food groups?
    4. Are your body weight and composition what you would like them to be, and do you know how to modify them safely through exercise, diet, and behavior modification?
    5. Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable effort? Do you have extra energy for other activities?
    6. Are you free from habits relating to nutrition and the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other practices that could be harmful to your health?
    7. Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational activities?
    8. Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed and energized for the new day?
    9. Are you actively involved in the religious organization of your choice, and do you participate in their youth activities?
    10. Do you spend quality time with your family and friends in social and recreational activities?
    11. Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain a good home life?
  4. Explain the following about physical fitness:
    1. The components of physical fitness
    2. Your weakest and strongest component of physical fitness
    3. The need to have a balance in all four components of physical fitness
    4. How the components of personal fitness relate to the Scout Law and Scout Oath
  5. Explain the following about nutrition:
    1. The importance of good nutrition
    2. What good nutrition means to you
    3. How good nutrition is related to the other components of personal fitness
    4. The three components of a sound weight (fat) control program
  6. Before doing requirements 7 and 8, complete the aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition tests as described in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Record your results and identify those areas where you feel you need to improve.

    Aerobic Fitness Test

    Record your performance on one of the following tests:

    1. Run/walk as far as you can in nine minutes
    2. Run/walk one mile as fast as you can

    Flexibility Test

    Using a sit-and-reach box constructed according to specifications in this merit badge pamphlet, make four repetitions and record the fourth reach. This last reach must be held for 15 seconds to qualify.

    Muscular Strength Test

    You must use the sit-up test and EITHER the pull-up or push-up test.

    1. Sit-ups. Record the number of sit-ups done correctly in 60 seconds. The sit-ups must be done in the form explained and illustrated in this merit badge pamphlet.
    2. Pull-ups. Record the total number of pull-ups completed consistent with the procedures presented in this merit badge pamphlet.
    3. Push-ups. Record the total number of push-ups completed consistent with the procedures presented in this merit badge pamphlet.

    Body Composition Test

    Have your parent, counselor, or other adult take and record the following measurements:

    1. Circumference of the right upper arm, midway between the shoulder and the elbow, with the arm hanging naturally and not flexed.
    2. Shoulders, with arms hanging by placing the tape two inches below the top of the shoulder and around the arms, chest, and back during breath expiration.
    3. Chest, by placing the tape under the arms and around the chest and back at the nipple line during breath expiration.
    4. Abdomen circumference at navel level (relaxed).
    5. Right thigh, midway between the hip and the knee.

    If possible, have the same person take the measurements whenever they are recorded.

  7. Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents.
  8. Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Keep a log of your fitness program activity (how long you exercised; how far you ran, swam, or biked; how many exercise repetitions you completed; your exercise heart rate; etc.). Repeat the aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility tests every two weeks and record your results. After the 12th week, repeat all four tests, record your results, and show improvement in each one. Compare and analyze your preprogram and postprogram body composition measurements. Discuss the meaning and benefit of your experience.
  9. Describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness.

Cast of Thousands, Chapter 30

They had the option of finishing up their dollar bills, doing an independent short project for the day, or going off in a small group with the teacher to learn something new. Jess was torn, but finally chose to do an independent project. The class had an impressive, if elderly, array of art supplies. Jess arranged a selection of beat-up crayons and paint and different colors of paper in front of herself, and set to work.

She cut out different shapes from the paper, and glued them messily together on a separate sheet, finding a tin of gold glitter to shake over the whole thing. She dripped paint on another page and then used her fingers to swirl it around and glob colors together. She crayoned bright curls and rainbows of color across several pages, exulting in the sheer brilliance of each crayon and the joy of using pure color without any lines to stay inside or rules about what to draw.

When the bell rang, she looked up in shock that the class had gone so quickly, and realized she had a huge mess to clean up. Jess scribbled her name on the back or corner of each picture, knowing she would never remember which pieces were hers otherwise, and then ran back and forth across the room quickly, washing the paint, glue, and glitter off her hands, sweeping glitter and scraps of colored paper into a wastebasket, capping and sorting out all the paints and glue to put away, and grabbing all the crayons and dumping them back into their box. She found that as she ran around, the teacher had kindly collected her work and hung it up to dry on a clothesline that ran the diagonal length of the room. "Thanks!" she gasped to Sian, the art teacher, as she grabbed her backpack and sprinted out to P. E.

In P. E. they were being tested, which Jessica found meant a lot of standing in line and then sitting around and a few minutes of pull-ups and sit-ups and running. She noticed that the girls were asked to hang from the pull-up bar for as long as they could, while the boys had to prove themselves with actual pull-ups. When her turn came, remembering the discussion in social studies class, she did two pull-ups savagely, then dropped and walked off without a backward glance. She waited until she had gone some distance away to rub her arms.

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