ScoutStrong PALA award patch

Any Scout or Scouter can earn the ScoutStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by being active for a short time every day for six weeks. The goal is to promote ongoing physical fitness and health through regular, simple activity.

While hiking the Arizona Trail, I racked up a lot of hours of activity and earned my PALA.
40 people took the challenge and I selected the random prize winners for this challenge:

After my Superior Hiking Trail trek in September, 2012, I selected the random prize winner for this challenge:

If you didn't complete the challenge yet, don't worry - I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail from August to October, 2014 and I'll give away items after I finish this hike. Get started on your PALA right now so you are eligible to be in the random drawing. Anyone that tracks activity in their ScoutStrong account and is in the Hiking Dudes group might win.

I think all of you in the Hiking Dudes group combined can beat me. But, can your patrol beat me? Maybe your troop? Or, maybe it will take your entire District or Council? Get more scouts involved and make it a challenge inside your unit.

One person that participates will win a $25 ScoutShop gift card.
Another person will win a Campfire Dragon.
Another person will win a pocketknife and neckerchief blanks from Whittler Bob.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to ScoutStrong BSA page.
  • Select your state from the list, then your BSA Council, and start your PALA Challenge.
  • Create an account.
  • Click 'Groups' and search for "Hiking Dudes" or enter Group Number 938179.
  • Join the group.
  • Track your Physical Activity and Nutrition Goals for eight weeks.

When I get back from the Appalachian Trail (beginning of October), we'll see if the group beat me or not. And, we'll select the random winners - maybe even more if more companies contribute products to be given away.

Once you complete the ScoutStrong PALA requirements, you can get a special patch at your Scout Shop and you can get one from the President's Challenge. See ScoutStrong Overview PDF file.

Hike On: My Hikes

 Mar 01, 2012 - Eric Taylor
I have to tell you, I have used your website for 6 years now, your knowledge is so powerful not only does it help the boys but us as leaders also. Pages like this and the Webelos test pages etc are a ton of fun for the boys. I have relly enjoyed this resources you offer.
Thank you and enjoy your Trip in Az.
-eric taylor, ASM T534, Mechanicsville, Va. Battlefield District, Heart of Va. Council.
Apr 06, 2012 - Ira Martin
My Son and I challenged our pack with the Scoutstrong challenge. In the last few months very few have stepped forward. Thanks for giving us a second venue!
Twin Rivers Council Pack #4018 Saratoga Springs NY
Apr 27, 2012 - Faith Anderson

I was very excited to see your ScoutStrong challenge on the NSC website. Thanks for promoting fitness to our scouts and scouters.  Your name had been mentioned to me earlier by Heidi Groven as a possible resource for our PowderHorn course Aug 1-5.  When are you hiking the IceAge Trail in August? If the timing works would you have time on Sunday Aug 5 to talk about your long distance hiking at base Camp.  We are closing out our course there and will be hosting a high adventure fair open to all of NSC scouts/scouters that day. Please let me know if this is something that you would be interested in

Faith Anderson
952-898-1311 (day) 651-459-8616 (eve)
Jun 06, 2014 - Jim B
Completed ScoutStrong Challenge today!
Jun 09, 2014 - Hiking Dude
@Jim - Hey, great job!  Don't stop there, though.

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