Trail Skills Stage 6

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Trail Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can teach another youth what to pack for a weekend hike.
    • Scouts can teach others how and what to pack for a weekend hike.
    • Scouts can explain to others the different types of materials used for clothing such as cotton, wool and synthetics, and can describe their properties for hiking (e.g. breathable, waterproof, weight, etc.).
  2. I can show what group emergency equipment we can carry on a weekend hike, and how to use each item.
    • Scouts can list the items that are needed for safety and emergency use for a weekend hike, including safety ropes, sleeping materials, dry bags, shelters and first aid kits.
  3. I can teach another youth how to care for, store and maintain the group equipment.
    • Scouts demonstrate to other youth how to look after group equipment.
  4. I can look after my hiking footwear.
    • Scouts demonstrate proper cleaning and storage of their footwear, including waterproofing
  5. I can select and maintain my pack for various hiking adventures.
    • Scouts explain how to choose a pack, fit it, name the key parts, and know how to make repairs while on the trail.
  6. I know how much water to drink and the effects and treatment of dehydration.
    • Scouts explain dehydration: its signs and symptoms and treatment.
    • Scouts can explain how much water intake is needed at rest and on the hike.
  7. I know how to use different methods to treat water.
    • Scouts demonstrate how to use water purifiers and identify suitable natural sources from which to obtain water.
  8. I can avoid hyponatremia by ensuring proper planning for the hike.
    • Scouts can explain the signs and symptoms of hyponatremia and how to avoid it on hiking experiences.
  9. I can obtain coordinates from a point of interest on a topographical map so that it can be inputted into a GPS unit.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to find their position on a map and use their map skills to enter coordinates into a GPS unit so that others can navigate from that point to another on the hike.
  10. I can demonstrate the limitations of the compass and other navigation tools.
    • Scouts can describe how a compass and other navigation tools each have limitations and know where and under what conditions these will not operate correctly
  11. I can teach another youth how to find his or her position on the ground using a map and compass.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their expertise by teaching others how to use a map and compass to find their position on the hike.
  12. I can recognize changing weather patterns while hiking.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their knowledge of weather by recognizing temperature changes, changes in wind speed, and cloud formations.
  13. I can show different methods for crossing waterways.
    • Scouts can demonstrate various ways of crossing waterways while on a hike.
  14. I can teach the principles of Leave No Trace.
    • Scouts can teach the principles of Leave No Trace in a hiking context to others.
  15. I can recognize unstable or elevated risk areas (e.g. slick trails, icy terrain) and either avoid them or minimize the risk in crossing the area with accepted use of gear and technique.
    • Scouts can demonstrate safe techniques while hiking on various types of terrain.
  16. I can recognize and treat hypothermia, hyperthermia, sunstroke, dehydration and asthma, or other medical conditions relevant to my team.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their knowledge of first aid by listing the symptoms and treatment for various situations.
    • Scouts understand the need to update medical information prior to a hike.
  17. I can be responsible for myself and my team while hiking.
    • Scouts display confidence and preparedness on hikes.
    • Scouts can use Naismith’s rule and its modifications while hiking to set pace and rest positions.
    • Scouts can explain the role of a good trail leader and trail follower
  18. I can describe the limitations of my team.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their team skills by being aware of others’ energy levels or trail conditions which may be beyond others’ skill levels.
    • Scouts can demonstrate trail etiquette and rules to ensure a safe hiking adventure.
  19. I have taken part in at least six hiking activities, and at least one is a two-night hike.
    • Scouts have attended at least six hiking adventures beyond those of previous stages.
    • The hikes can be in various types of terrain.
  20. I have written logs for all of these activities.
    • Scouts can keep the date, route and other details of the adventure in a log which can be added to with each hiking adventure.
  21. I can plan and lead a day hike.
    • Scouts can take the leadership role in planning a hike with supervision.
    • Activities include choice of area, trail, route preparation, navigation, weather, budget, etc.
    • Scouts can explain and demonstrate good trail leadership and followership.
  22. I can help organize the transportation required for an activity.
    • Scouts help to plan rides, ferries and busses to location of a hike.