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  1. Venturing Quest Essentials.
    Complete nine of the following:
    1. Demonstrate by means of a presentation at a crew meeting, Cub Scout or Boy Scout meeting, or other group meeting that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while playing sports, including hypothermia; heatstroke; heat exhaustion; frostbite; dehydration; sunburn; blisters, hyperventilation; bruises; strains; sprains; muscle cramps; broken, chipped, loosened, or knocked-out teeth; bone fractures; nausea; and suspected injuries to the back, neck, and head.
    2. Write an essay of at least 500 words that explains sportsmanship and tells why it is important. Give several examples of good sportsmanship in sports. Relate at least one of these to everyday leadership off the sports field.
      Make a presentation to your crew or a Cub Scout or Boy Scout unit of at least 30 minutes with the same requirements as for the essay.
    3. Take part as a member of an organized team in one of the following sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, diving, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, skating (ice or roller), soccer, softball, swimming, team handball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, or wrestling (or any other recognized sport approved in advance by your Advisor except boxing and karate).
    4. Organize and manage a sports competition, such as a softball game, between your crew and another crew, between two Cub Scout dens or packs, between two Boy Scout patrols or troops, or between any other youth groups. You must recruit at least two other people to help you manage the competition.
    5. Make a set of training rules for a sport you pick. Design an exercise plan including selected exercises for this sport. Determine for this sport the appropriate target heart rates and desired training effects. Follow your training plan for at least 90 days, keeping a record showing your improvement.
    6. Make a tabletop display or give a presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub Scout or Boy Scout unit, or another youth group that explains the attributes of a good team leader and a good team player. Select athletes who exemplify these attributes.
    7. Make a display or presentation on a selected sport for your crew or another group covering the following.
      1. Etiquette for your sport
      2. Equipment needed
      3. Protective equipment needed and why it is needed
      4. History of the sport
      5. Basic rules
    8. Research answers to the following questions. Then, at a crew meeting or other youth group meeting, manage a discussion on drug problems as they relate to athletes.
      • What drugs are banned?
      • What effect do these banned drugs have on the human body and mind?
      • Where can information about drugs be found?
      • How do some sports organizations fight sports drug abuse?
      • Cover at least the following drugs: stimulants, painkillers, anabolic steroids, beta blockers, diuretics, alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.
    9. Research and then, at a crew meeting or other youth group meeting, manage a discussion on recent training techniques being used by world-class athletes. Compare them to training techniques of 25 and 50 years ago. (This discussion must be different from the discussion in requirement g.)
    10. Study ways of testing athletes for body density. Fat content can be measured by skin-fold calipers, body measurements, and hydrostatic weighing. Then recruit a consultant to assist you as you determine the body density and fat content for your fellow crew members at a crew meeting or special activity.
    11. Select a favorite Olympic athlete, a highly respected athlete in your city, or a favorite professional athlete and research his or her life. Make an oral presentation or tabletop display for your crew or another youth group.
    12. Explain the importance of proper nutrition as it relates to training for athletes. Explain the common eating disorders anorexia and bulimia and why they are harmful to athletes.
  2. First Aid. Complete the American Red Cross Sport Safety Training course (or equivalent) and CPR training.
  3. Fitness for life. Complete a or b.
    1. Complete the Fitness for Life program (Corbin and Lindsey, published by Human Kinetics, 2002). Check with your Advisor to see if your crew already has the book Fitness for Life. Ask your Advisor about offering the program for you alone, you and some other Venturers, or even your whole crew. You might find the book at your local library. You can order it directly from Human Kinetics at http://www.humankinetics.com.
    2. Complete the following requirements:
      1. Make an appointment with your doctor for a complete physical before beginning any physical conditioning program. Explain to your doctor that you are preparing to undertake a 90-day physical fitness improvement program.
      2. Interview healthy older adults about their fitness levels. As part of these interviews, you may want to ask such questions as:
        * What kinds of cardiovascular activities do you do?
        * How have your fitness, diet, and physical activity changed over the years?
        * Are you more fit and/or active now than you were five (10, 15, etc.) years ago?
        * Use this data to discuss with your crew and/or another group the importance and benefits of using exercise throughout their lives.
      3. Research and write an essay of 1,500 words or more, or make a presentation to your school, a Cub Scout den or pack, a Boy Scout troop, or a Venturing crew explaining what physical fitness is. Incorporate into this essay or presentation all of the following:
        * Aerobic capacity
        * Endurance
        * Body composition
        * Flexibility
        * Muscle strength
        After you have completed your research and written your essay or made your presentation, review your results with a fitness professional or your coach or Advisor.
      4. Based upon your essay or presentation on physical fitness, develop a personal physical fitness improvement program and follow it for a minimum of 90 days. After developing your program, review it with your Advisor and/or coach. This fitness improvement program should include the following guidelines:
        * Exercise a minimum of three times each week.
        * Complete the Venturing Weekly Exercise Plan and Chart. At the end of each week, review your calendar. Write down the times when you seem to have the most/least energy. Note any environmental conditions or changes in your personal health (cold, flu, fever, etc.) that may have affected your performance. You may want to adjust your schedule.
        * Share this information with your Advisor. You may do some of your exercise workouts as part of your regular physical education class at school.
        Note: This may qualify as your area of personal growth for the Venturing Discovery, Pathfinder, or Summit Award.
      5. Look though current magazines, articles, and/or videos that feature exercises. Evaluate at least three exercises. Determine how these exercises apply to personal fitness. What level of fitness is required to be able to perform the exercise and what procedures and equipment are necessary for successful completion? Present your findings to your crew and/or another youth group.
      6. Learn to calculate the number of calories a person would need who is sedentary, moderately active, or active, for their particular age. Keep a record for 10 days of your food intake and physical activity. How might you adjust your food intake and physical activity to change your percentage of body fat? Write a plan to maintain ideal levels of body fat. Include in this plan the six factors that influence body fatness and share this information with your Advisor and coach.
      7. Examine three muscular development exercises and apply biomechanical principles to each. List two reasons why these principles can reduce injuries and discuss this information with your crew or other youth group.
      8. Based upon the human desire for peak performance, examine and discuss the physical and psychological activities required for success. As part of this discussion, review with your crew and/or another youth group the following six specific needs (S-P-I-C-E-S) for a balanced approach to achieve this desire:
        * Spiritual
        * Physical
        * Intellectual
        * Cultural
        * Emotional
        * Self-Responsibility
        Note: S-P-I-C-E-S is supplied from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, http://www.usantidoping.org.
  4. Fitness assessment. Administer the FITNESSGRAMĀ® physical assessment test to your crew, a Cub Scout den or pack, a Boy Scout troop, another Venturing crew, or another youth group.
  5. Sports disciplines.
    Choose a sport from the list below or another sport approved by your Advisor.
    1. Develop a profile of a typical athlete in your chosen sport, listing skills and attributes necessary to be proficient. Examples: hand-eye coordination, running speed, quick responses, heavy/light weight, tall/short.
    2. Do the following:
      1. Develop a list of equipment and facilities necessary for your chosen sport:
        * Personal equipment such as mouthpiece, helmet, or earplugs
        * Team equipment such foils, shooting jacket, or weights
        * Team or sponsor supplies or facilities such as targets, ammunition, playing courts, or rivers
      2. Discuss the relative importance equipment plays toward your success in that sport. (Certain sports are equipment-intensive, such as bobsled and luge.)
      3. Tell how equipment for this sport has improved or changed over time
    3. Participate and show proficiency in a sport of your choice.
    4. For your chosen sport, give a sports clinic to a Cub Scout pack or den, Boy Scout troop, or other youth group. Include a demonstration and skills teaching. You can even include competition when possible.

      Here are some suggested sports for requirement 5: cycling, sailing, field sports, swimming, field hockey, synchronized swimming, lacrosse, underwater sports, track and field, water polo, racquet sports, waterskiing, badminton, winter ice sports, handball, bobsled, racquetball, curling, squash, ice hockey, table tennis, luge, tennis, roller sports, speed skating, in-line speed skating, winter snow sports, roller figure skating, biathlon, roller hockey, skiing, skateboarding, snowboarding, target sports, archery, bowling, darts, dance, disc sports, equestrian, shooting, fencing, water sports, martial arts, canoe/kayak, modern pentathlon, diving, orienteering, rowing, team handball, other sports.

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