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Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.  


Complete these three requirements:
  1. Give a short report to your den or family on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
  2. Practice finding your pulse and counting your heartbeats per minute. Determine your target heart rate.
  3. Practice five physical fitness skills regularly. Improve performance in each skill over a month. Skills could include pull-ups, curl-ups, the standing long jump, the 50-yard dash, and the softball throw.


Earn the Physical Fitness belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Make a diagram of the Food Guide Pyramid. List foods you ate in a week and show where they fit in the pyramid.
  2. Choose a form of exercise, bring your heart rate up to target, and keep it there for 15 minutes. Don't forget to warm up and cool down.
  3. Set up a four-step exercise program. Chart your progress for five days a week for two weeks.
  4. Explain the reason for warming up and cooling down before and after each exercise session.
  5. Visit a local gym and talk to a trainer about exercises and programs for young people.
  6. Participate in some aerobic exercises at least three times a week for four weeks.
  7. Build an obstacle course that could include some exercises with jumping, crawling, and hurdles. Time yourself three times to see whether you can improve your time.
  8. Swim for a total of an hour, charting your time as you go.
  9. Participate for at least three months in an organized team sport or organized athletic activity.


Following are the requirements for earning the Sports belts loops and pins.


  • Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts (not adults).
  • The archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins must be earned under BSA range-trained supervision. The BB-gun shooting loop and pin must be earned at a BSA facility range.
  • Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts with disabilities.
  • Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.
  • Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than once.


  1. Uncle Tobys - official site of the food company, with great sports and health info from Team Toby atheletes.
  2. Smartplay - learn how to stay healthy, avoid sports and other injuries, and treat injuries when they occur.

  3. Benny Goodsport - all kinds of fun health activities, games and links. Go on an outdoor adventure with Benny and the gang.
  4. Fitness Files - get the fundamentals.
  5. Fitness for Kids - offers the latest in health and fitness information, exercise motivation, nutrition, weight management, and more.
  6. Fitness Fundamentals - Advice from the U.S. President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
  7. Fitness Partner Connection - links for eating right and staying healthy.
  8. Go, Girl! - dedicated to getting girls and women of all ages and fitness levels involved in sports.
  9. Jump Into A Healthy Life - learn how jumping rope can make your heart healthy and make you happy! Created for ThinkQuest.
  10. New Balance Cyberpark - tips on fitness, health, running, and general exercise.
  11. Personal Fitness Planner - this tool from the Dairy Council of California will help you get in gear for exercise and fitness!
  12. Project Aces - join the world's largest exercise class for children held each May. Millions of school children all over the globe will exercise simultaneously.
  13. Road Runners Club of America - lists races and events throughout the United States.
  14. Youth Runner Magazine - read about the latest in track, cross country, and road racing for youth.
  15. YSN - Health & Fitness - learn how to eat properly, exercise to get in shape, and avoid and treat injuries.

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