Walking to Webelos is a session aimed to help new Webelos scouts work towards the requirements of earning their Webelos patch. This is day 1 of our Aiming for Arrow activities at day camp for 2013. The opening exercises are shared between Walking to Webelos and Aiming for Arrow.
- jump ropes
- uniform diagram
- rope for knots
Requirements covered and activities for each requirement
Opening exercises: Test Your Heartbeat and Jumping Rope
Did you know that you can’t actually hear a heartbeat? The heartbeat itself is just a contraction of muscle and is perfectly quiet. What you can hear is the sound of heart valves snapping shut. Here’s how to test your heartbeat:
Press the first two fingers of one hand over the radial artery in the opposite wrist. The radial artery is located under the depression just below the base of your wrist. Sit very quietly and move your fingers until you can feel the pulse of your blood. Using a watch or clock with a second hand, count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Multiply by 6. Now you know the number of beats per minute.
- Take pulse sitting still
- Run, exercise, or jump rope for 10 minutes.
- Take your pulse again to see how much faster your heart is pumping.
Jumping rope is wonderful aerobic exercise, which means that it exercises the heart. Professional athletes like boxers use skipping rope to built their endurance and coordination.
- See how many jumps you can do before making a mistake.
- How long can you jump rope? The world record is over 12 hours.
- How fast can you jump rope? Fast jumping is best done boxer style with both feet together all the time. It is helpful to have a short rope so that it just misses the ground as you jump.
- Can you jump backwards? With practice, you will find this almost as easy as skipping forward.
- Cross hand jump: jump in the normal way but, as the rope passes over your head, bring your hands forward and cross your wrists. Quickly uncross them before jumping over the rope.
- Two jump: jumping with a friend using only one rope.
Webelos 2’s only (Walking to Webelos splits off and works on their session now)
- Use the resources below to guide the discussion.
- Give and explain theScout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake.
- Understand the significance of the First Class Scout badge. Describe its parts and tell what each stands for.
- Tell how a Boy Scout uniform is different from a Webelos Scout uniform.
- Tie the joining knot (square knot) If they don’t know how complete this on Friday during knot time.
- Start: As with the Walking To Webelos, we should have done the discussion on heat exhaustion today (for both groups of boys).
- Stop: Nothing to stop. It went well.
- Continue: Having the adult staff start and then the youth staff take over when the groups split seemed to work really well.