Saturday, May 03, 2014
A few weeks ago I ask my 13 year old, What is your summer project going to be this year? Do you have any ideas yet. He has had a summer project every summer since he started 1st grade. It has always been educational and interesting. From learning about Lewis and Clark and building a model fort that they stayed in, To watching tons of old movies and learning about special effects before computers.
This he plans to earn his Boy Scout Hiking badge, When he first told me I was excited until he has me find and print the worksheet. Reading the basic requirements it was like most of the others, share with leader that you will know what to do if someone gets hurt and are you (the scout) physically able. The only change I see to this is there is extra section on exhaustion. THis seems ok as well, we then plan to take a few weekend camping trips. Ohio state parks will be great.
Cam said there is a National Award that goes along with it and asks me to pull it up and print it too. This paper states if he earns his Hiking and Orienteering merit badges and hikes 100 miles including the miles hiked with the badges. I was speechless for about 5 min. He really wants to do this and he wants (he thinks I can do this?) me to do it with him. I reread the hiking merit badge worksheets.
The hiking requirements
Take 5----10mile hikes
Take 1----20mile hike (in a single day only stopping to eat and short breaks)
That is 70 miles so 30 more should not be that hard There is a few from the other badge as well.
Here is my problem, my steps vary greatly daily. 1500 to 8500 (avg) I have good days and bad days and busy days too.
Yesterday I reached over 8,000 enough to be tired but that is only 4.2 miles and most of the time I am only at 5000 I need to increase these steps to a comfortable, regular number of steps. How can I integrate steps into my daily life that is non exercise steps. Currently, I walk the long way, when I go to school I park in the front of the lot walk the the back of the lot walk back to the building, around to the back to enter reverse ant end of day instead and of going straight in. The downside, It is the end of term. Next semester I am only there one day at night, I will not be walking out back or to the back of the parking lot at 10pm.
I just need to do it. I would love any suggestions.