Trail Skills Stage 2

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Trail Skills - Stage 2 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I know what gear to bring for a hike depending on the weather.
    • Scouts can explain how weather varies from one location to another (from flat urban areas to wooded areas, valleys to hilltops) and how that will affect what gear to bring on a day hike.
    • Scouts can explain the gear needed for downpour, high winds, sun and humidity.
    • Scouts can explain the importance of bringing personal protection materials needed for insects and sun.
  2. I can show how to take care of all personal gear needed for a day hike.
  3. I can read a simple map.
    • Scouts can read a simply drawn map of the neighbourhood (e.g. meeting area, local park etc.). Scouts can demonstrate how to orient a map and how to follow a simple route around the map.
    • Scouts can explain how different colours on a map define the areas (water, urban, park, forest) and can identify symbols used for roads, trails, buildings, rivers, etc.
  4. I can use a compass to find basic directions.
    • Scouts can demonstrate basic use of the compass: how to take a bearing and how to follow a bearing.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to use a map and compass together to navigate an area.
  5. I can obtain a weather forecast.
    • Scouts can list methods to obtain a weather forecast.
    • Scouts can explain why Scouts need to watch forecasts ahead of a hike.
  6. I can be a responsible member of my team while we are hiking.
    • Scouts can identify some risk concerns that might be present on a day hike and offer safety procedures to counteract them.
    • Scouts can explain how to be a member of the team while on a hike and how their behaviour will impact the hike and experience of others.
  7. I can get help if someone is hurt.
    • Scouts can recognize when someone is injured and needs help.
    • Scouts can explain how to get help in various conditions.
  8. I have attended at least three hikes.
    • Scouts have attended at least three hikes in natural areas such as parks, forests and Scout camps.
  9. I can explain why one brings certain foods and drinks on hikes.
    • Scouts can explain the need for sustaining and energy foods.
    • Scouts can help plan the food items for a day hike.
    • Some food considerations include: Canada’s Food guide, high energy; water; carbohydrates, weight considerations, cooking equipment.