If you're struggling to persuade your kids to get active this summer, try telling them about Bear Grylls' summer manifesto.
Launching today, Bear is challenging kids to undertake a bunch of adventurous challenges which will include getting fit and helping others. It's part of his role as a chief of the Scouts.
The Telegraph reports:
Grylls said: "The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It's a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That's why I'm challenging every child to accept my Kids' Summer Manifesto."
He wants youngsters to do the following:
- Spend a night under the stars
- Learn a new skill - whether it is learning to ride a unicycle, play the ukulele or how to canoe
- Do something for someone else - help a neighbour, parent, sibling or relatives
- Get fit - get into training for an adventure with some jogging, climbing or cycling
- Build something - a den, a tree house, a go kart, a boat...
- Go on a wild adventure - on foot, on a bike, on the water or in the air
"Every child has the right to adventure. Nature is the world's best adventure playground and it's open to all. I want girls and boys to be able to enjoy that freedom and develop a spirit of optimism, practicality and hope for the future."
"These are the character skills that Scouting helps young people to develop, helping them succeed in everyday life. None of my challenges need to cost a penny so there's no excuse to spend the next six weeks on the couch. That's why I want this summer to be known as the 'Summer of Adventure'."
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