Trail Skills Stage 1

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Trail Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can help pack a rucksack for a day hike.
    • Scouts can indicate the items to bring for a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain how to pack soft items, heavy items and food items.
    • Scouts can explain what is meant by “first in-last out” when packing items.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the wet weather equipment to bring on a day hike
  2. I can dress myself for a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain how weather affects what can be worn for a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain the concept of layering and understand what to wear for wet weather.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the types of footwear needed for a day hike in each season.
  3. I can list what food to bring on a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain the food groups to bring for a day hike to sustain and boost energy.
    • Scouts can show what to bring for snacks.
    • Scouts can show how to keep drinks hot or cold.
    • Scouts can explain what dehydration means and can show how to bring water on a day hike.
  4. I can follow directions on a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain why they must listen to the Scouter so that everyone is kept safe on a day hike.
  5. I can identify the main parts of a compass.
    • Scouts can identify the parts of a compass outdoors in a practical experience.
  6. I can behave safely while hiking.
    • Scouts can describe safety rules and procedures that will keep themselves and their group safe while on a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain how their own behaviour affects others on the day hike.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to hike on various types of terrain (smooth, rough), how to keep up with others and the importance of always being able to see a Scouter while on the day hike.
  7. I can be responsible for myself while we are hiking.
    • Scouts can explain how they contribute to the success of the day hike by being members of the team.
    • Scouts can describe how their awareness will help everyone have a safe day hike.
  8. I can explain the buddy system.
    • Scouts explain how and why the buddy system is used on a day hike.
  9. I can recognize the main distress signals.
    • Scouts can draw and identify the main distress signals.
  10. I have attended at least two hikes.
    • As much as possible these can be different types of day hikes, such as in neighborhoods, parks, open natural areas, etc.