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Roosevelt Family Challenge

President Teddy Roosevelt was Franklin Roosevelt’s distance cousin. Like all Roosevelts, Teddy loved the outdoors and was very competitive. Sometimes he would throw down family challenges. These were activities designed to put the family toughness and innovation to the test. One of TR’s favorites was a ‘straight line hike’ where the family would hike from one point to another having to go through, over or across whatever lay in the way.

Why not try a family challenge with your family?
The Roosevelts were maybe a little out there with their straight line hike, but a family challenge can be a fun way to try new things and test the toughness and innovativeness of your family. 

  • Ask your family to go without their phones for a week. (Well...okay, how about just one day?)
  • Who can hold a plank the longest?
  • See who can give up junk food for the longest period of time.
  • Have a cookie cook off.
  • Let your imagination run wild.

Download the official certificate to keep track of your achievements.

Share With Us:
Post a photo and a description of your family challenge and report the results with the hashtag #fdrsummer (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) so we can celebrate your achievements with you.

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The Teddy Bear is named after Teddy Roosevelt. During one of his famous hunting expeditions, Teddy Roosevelt and the men he was with captured a bear.  Members of his hunting party wanted to kill the bear, but Roosevelt argued that killing a captured bear was unsportsmanlike behavior as the bear could not escape or defend itself. Roosevelt’s kindness and sense of fair play was widely reported in the news and soon stuffed bears bearing (no pun intended) his name were all the rage.

Up until it was sold in 2006, the world’s largest Teddy Bear collection was said to be housed in the Teddy Bear Museum located in:

  1. England
  2. The United States
  3. Russia
  4. Norway

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