Tuesday, May 22, 2012
In celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, Vicksburg National Military Park, in partnership with Shape Up Vicksburg, kicked off its new “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” program. Over 100 participants hiked through history on a ranger-led walk through the park and learned more about the rigorous physical demands that the common Civil War soldier endured.
As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Move Outside!” initiative, the “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” program is a fun way for children and their families to get fit, explore and learn about their National Park and community. Participants at the event received their very own “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” logbook, a “fit kit” with pedometer, water bottle and backpack and earned their first logbook stamp and the rank of private in the Shape Up, Junior Ranger Army. Throughout the year participants will earn additional stamps and ascend through the ranks by completing various physical activities, events and conducting missions based on their park knowledge.
Starting a fitness program is a lifestyle change that is best supported when the whole family is involved. To encourage families to get out and get healthy together, each Junior Ranger enrolled in this program may present their “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” logbook at the park entrance station to waive the fee for themselves and their chaperone.
The “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” project was made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation, the Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and the History Channel.
For more information on the “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” program, please visit our website at: http://www.nps.gov/vick/forkids/shapeup.htm