Trail Skills Stage 3

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Trail Skills - Stage 3 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can pack a rucksack for a day hike.
  2. I can explain what clothes to bring for a day hike depending on the weather.
    • Scouts can explain how the weather can change very quickly and how they need to plan in advance.
    • Scouts can explain the layering system, outer shell; how to control body head and ventilation; wicking principle.
  3. I can follow a route on an orienteering map.
    • Scouts can follow a simple orienteering trail using an orienteering map.
  4. I can identify the features of a topographical map.
    • Scouts can point out key features of a map and describe the landscape based on contours, vegetation and water features.
    • Scouts can explain scale and grid references found on maps.
  5. I can demonstrate the basic use of a GPS unit.
    • Scouts can turn on a GPS and use it to orient their location.
  6. I can teach another youth how to find directions by using a compass.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the use of a compass to another youth including: taking a bearing, following a bearing and orienting a map with a compass.
  7. I can explain the effect of weather on hiking activities.
    • Scouts can describe how weather will affect their hike—duration, pace.
    • Scouts can explain what to do if encountering severe weather alone or in a group.
  8. I can be responsible for myself and aware of my surroundings while hiking.
    • Scouts can explain how terrain and trails affect their hike.
    • Scouts can reduce risks when crossing steep or rugged areas as well as in remote areas.
  9. I can explain the main principles of Leave No Trace.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the Leave No Trace principles in action when on a hike, including: waste reduction, respect for animals, minimizing impact on the trail, consideration for others.
    • Scouts can explain how urination and defecation are handled on the trail.
  10. I can treat simple cuts and scratches.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to clean the wound, apply a bandage and reassure the patient.
  11. I know how to avoid becoming lost, and I know what to do if I get lost.
    • Scouts can explain how to prevent becoming lost and what to do if they are lost alone or as a group.
  12. I have attended at least three hiking activities, one of which involves hiking on hilly trails.
    • Scouts have attended at least three activities in various terrains, and trail types.
    • These can be different from those experienced at Stage 1 or 2.