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SCOUTStrongThe SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative integrates active lifestyles, healthy eating, and emotional fitness into everything that the Boy Scouts of America does through alliances, campaigns, and updated programs. Click here to visit the website.


The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge will help your unit members add physical activity to their lifestyle, as well as help them improve their eating habits.

Who Should Be Involved?

This challenge is for Scouts and their entire families, as well as for leaders and their families.

How Is the SCOUTStrong Earned?

To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, participants 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. Also, each week they will focus on a healthy eating goal. There are eight to choose from, and each week they will add a new goal while continuing with their previous goals. Stick with the program, and participants can earn a SCOUTStrong PALA award patch in less than two months.

How Do I Get My Unit Started?

Participants can enroll and track their progress either online with a free online activity tracker or downloading an activity log at www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA.

Online Activity Tracker Participant Directions

  • Visit www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA.
  • Use the appropriate dropdown menu to select West Virginia.
  • Use the appropriate dropdown menu to select the Mountaineer Area Council - 615.
  • Click the START YOUR PALA CHALLENGE! button.
  • At the PALA page for the council, click CREATE AN ACCOUNT.
  • Complete the required fields and click REGISTER.
  • The activity tracker home page is what will appear at each login. The home page allows participants to track their activities, join a group, see their award progress, and adjust their account preferences.

For more information, including access to completion certificates, please go to www.scouting.org/SCOUTStrongPALA.

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