SCOUTSTRONG PALA CHALLENGE OVERVIEW
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, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).
PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by allowing them to participate in activities they enjoy. Earning a PALA is definitely doable by ANYONE at ANY fitness level.
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.
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
- BSA Volunteers
- Local Council Staff
- National Council Staff
- Friends of Scouting
- BSA Alumni
- Council Board Members
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, running, 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