The Youth Woodsmen Competition kicked off a few weeks ago and it’s time for a mid-season update! The Woodsmen measures campers’ fitness levels when they arrive at camp and at the end of camp. Fitness tests included curl-ups, shuttle run, v-sit reach, half-mile run, pull-ups, and push-ups.
The results of the first session are remarkable! Over a span of only 24 days, campers improved significantly in nearly every statistical category. Campers’ half-mile run times improved, on average, by over 20 seconds. One camper even improved his half-mile run time by 1 min 35 seconds! By the end of the session, campers were able to complete nearly twice as many pull-ups, and perform at least 5 more pushups. One camper was able to go from performing 20 pushups to 35! Campers’ agility, measured by the shuttle run, improved by over a half-second. Campers’ core strength, measured by curl-ups performed in one minute, was increased by 4 repetitions. Even flexibility increased, as the average camper can sit and reach 1.1 more inches than they could at the beginning of camp!
[caption id="attachment_3902" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shuttle Run[/caption]
The results of the Woodsmen strongly suggest that Camp Voyageur, through its extensive wilderness tripping and in-camp programs, will improve physical fitness in boys ages 9-18 in as little as 24 days. As a result, kids are smarter, happier, sick less, and they sleep better!
A few days ago, the session two campers completed their first round of tests. Check back in a few weeks for the results!