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Winter Skills


Online Resource: Online Resource - Outdoor Adventure Skills - Winter Skills - Competencies

See the rest of the Outdoor Adventure Skills.

The Outdoor Adventure Skills program is an invitation for Scouts to try something new—to be outside more, testing themselves with progressive challenges while always staying within their capabilities to stay safe. In short, it’s about having life-changing experiences.

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Each Outdoor Adventure Skills pathway is divided into nine stages with a badge awarded for each stage.

Scouts from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts are encouraged to work on the stage that is appropriate for their abilities and experience.

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Check out Winter Skills by Topic for a breakdown by common topics of each stage with increasing knowledge, accomplishment, and responsibilities as stages increase. It may help in planning sessions/activities and organizing resources.


Winter Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have built something out of snow.
  2. I have prepared a good snack for a winter outing.
  3. I always carry a water bottle when going on a winter outing.
  4. I can keep my water bottle from freezing on a winter outing.
  5. I have participated in a winter sports day (Beaveree, Cuboree, winter challenge).
  6. I know how to dress when I go outside in winter.
  7. I know to stay dry or change to dry clothes when I am outside in winter.
  8. I know about the buddy system and why it is used when participating in outdoor activities.
  9. I know to follow the instructions of the activity leader when at an outdoor event.
  10. I have hiked at least 1 km in winter.
  11. I know that I should not touch cold metal with bare skin, especially my lips or tongue.

Winter Skills - Stage 2 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have gone sledding or tobogganing.
  2. I have packed a proper lunch for a winter outing.
  3. I have participated in two winter sports days (Beaveree, Cuboree, winter challenge).
  4. I know how to pack extra clothes for winter outings.
  5. I know how to keep my feet dry while I am outside in the winter.
  6. When I come inside, I know how to put away my outdoor clothing so that it will dry quickly.
  7. I can help less experienced Scouts to get dressed to go outside.
  8. I have attended one overnight winter camp/sleepover.
  9. I have completed two winter hikes of at least 1 km.
  10. I know to avoid ice or open water without an adult present.
  11. I have made a piece of simple winter gear or clothing (wristlet or neck warmer).

Winter Skills - Stage 3 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have participated in a winter sport (alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, skating, hockey, tobogganing, sledding, curling).
  2. I can light a small fire.
  3. I have helped plan a menu for a winter camp.
  4. I have cooked a lunch over an open fire.
  5. I understand the layering principle when dressing for winter activities and apply it to all activities.
  6. With a small group, I have built an emergency shelter in winter.
  7. I know how to find shelter from the wind on a cold day.
  8. I can pack a day pack for a winter outing.
  9. I know how to watch my fellow Scouts for signs of exposure to the cold.
  10. I have spent one night at winter camp in a cabin or heated tent (in addition to requirements for previous stages).
  11. I can identify the North Star and three other features in the winter night sky.
  12. I have completed a winter hike of at least 3 km.
  13. I have made a winter survival kit that I take with me on all winter activities.
  14. In addition to previous stages, I have made a piece of winter gear or clothing.

Winter Skills - Stage 4 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have participated in a winter sport (different from the sport done in earlier stages).
  2. I have helped purchase food for a winter outing.
  3. I have helped cook meals at winter camp.
  4. I have attended a winter campfire.
  5. I have put up a tent in winter to sleep in.
  6. I can properly set up my sleeping area to stay warm through the night at winter camp.
  7. I have used a toboggan or sled to transport equipment.
  8. I have taught a winter skill to a less experienced Scout.
  9. I have spent two consecutive nights at winter camp (in addition to requirements for previous stages).
  10. I have traveled in snow using snowshoes or nordic skis.
  11. I have participated in two 3 km hikes.
  12. I know how to help someone who has fallen through the ice.
  13. I know how to prevent and treat hypothermia and frostbite.
  14. I know how to avoid and treat snow blindness.

Winter Skills - Stage 5 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have played an outdoor game in winter at a minimum of six Scout meetings.
  2. I have led my Patrol in planning and purchasing meals for a winter camp.
  3. I have been chief cook for at least one meal at winter camp.
  4. I have helped to run a campfire at a winter camp.
  5. I am able to pack the appropriate clothing and equipment for a two-night winter camp.
  6. I have built and slept in a temporary winter shelter such as a quinzhee, snow trench or a lean-to.
  7. I can lay and light a fire in winter conditions for warmth and cooking.
  8. I can use a liquid fuel stove in winter conditions and understand why it is important not to get fuel on clothing and skin.
  9. I have helped lead a winter sports day.
  10. I have slept outside for two nights in winter (in addition to requirements for previous stages).
  11. I have participated in a winter hike lasting at least six hours and covering at least 6 km.
  12. I have hiked a minimum of 5 km in winter conditions following compass bearings.
  13. I know how to avoid, recognize and treat carbon monoxide poisoning (which can occur in winter shelters).
  14. I have a first aid qualification equivalent to the Scout First Aid badge (St John’s or Red Cross Standard First Aid).
  15. I can execute a ladder rescue, chain assist and reaching assist for someone who has fallen through the ice.

Winter Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have led an outdoor winter game for a younger Section.
  2. I know how to obtain and keep a supply of safe drinking water for a winter camp.
  3. I know how to store water overnight so that it will not freeze.
  4. I have baked bread or a dessert at a winter camp.
  5. I have taught a less experienced Scout how to dress for winter activities.
  6. I have taught a less experienced Scout how to build a winter shelter.
  7. I can do simple repairs on liquid fuel stoves.
  8. I have led a cooking team for a winter camp.
  9. I have assisted at a winter sports day in a leadership role.
  10. I have slept outside for two nights in a lightweight shelter in winter (in addition to requirements for previous levels).
  11. I have practised a winter evacuation of a simulated casualty.

Winter Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I know how to plan and implement a simple but nutritious menu for a mobile winter camp.
  2. I know how to select an appropriate tent for winter camping.
  3. I have made a piece of winter camping or winter safety equipment.
  4. I have participated in a winter mobile expedition of at least three days (two nights).
  5. I have maintained my first aid certification.

Winter Skills - Stage 8 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can carry out repairs on gas-fuelled stoves in winter conditions.
  2. With a team, I have provided leadership for a one or two-night activity.
  3. I have participated in a five-day (four-night) mobile winter expedition.
  4. I understand the risks and am able to implement appropriate safety procedures for camping in heated tents.
  5. I have wilderness first aid certifications appropriate for areas I am traveling in and the activities I am doing.

Winter Skills - Stage 9 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have led a winter campfire.
  2. I have led a mobile winter expedition of three to five days.
  3. I have slept outside at least 20 nights (including nights from previous levels) in winter conditions.