The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do!



This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and BSA Alumni.


To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, you are 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 six out of eight weeks. Stick with the program and you'll earn an award in less than two months.

Westchester-Putnam Council has  pledged to promote and include SCOUTStrong PALA in our activities, events and camps to promote a healthy lifestyle for our youth and adults.


“To keep myself physically strong” has been part of the oath that Boy Scouts have followed for more than 100 years. Even with fitness and wellness already one of its aims, the Boy Scouts of America is making a formal commitment to do even more to address the major health concerns facing today’s youth.

SCOUTStrong was kicked off by announcing a collaboration with the President’s Challenge, the premier program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), resulting in a Scout-specific Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge. The organization hopes more than 500,000 youth will achieve the SCOUTStrong PALA.

Research shows that children today spend less time outdoors and more time engaged in sedentary activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The SCOUTStrong program is designed to be a starting point for creating regular, active lifestyle habits and teaching young people to make healthier choices. 

“We have an opportunity—and importantly, a responsibility—to shape young lives,” BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Because of our reach, our programs, and our mission, Scouting is uniquely positioned to make a real difference on the health front. During our next 100 years of service, one of our top priorities will be to advocate for the health of all children.”