Winter Skills Stage 5

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Winter Skills - Stage 5 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have played an outdoor game in winter at a minimum of six Scout meetings.
    • Outdoor games at a winter Scout meeting can include anything from tag to snowshoe soccer. An associated requirement is that Scouts come to all meetings prepared to spend time outside (regardless of the weather) in order to be able to complete this requirement.
  2. I have led my Patrol in planning and purchasing meals for a winter camp.
    • Scouts can lead their Patrols in planning and purchasing food for a winter camp.
    • Scouts can explain the rationale behind the menu, explaining considerations such as taste, nutrition, budget and food weight and volume.
  3. I have been chief cook for at least one meal at winter camp.
    • Scouts can lead Patrols in preparing at least one balanced and tasty meal while at winter camp.
  4. I have helped to run a campfire at a winter camp.
    • Scouts can assist in running a formal campfire while at a winter camp.
    • This could include laying the fire, running the opening, planning the program, leading some songs or telling a story.
  5. I am able to pack the appropriate clothing and equipment for a two-night winter camp.
    • Scouts can demonstrate the ability to pack appropriate clothing and gear 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.
    • As a part of their Patrol, Scouts can build and sleep in a temporary shelter that they have built themselves.
  7. I can lay and light a fire in winter conditions for warmth and cooking.
    • Scouts can lay, light and maintain a fire in winter conditions that can be used for cooking and for comfort.
  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.
    • Scouts can safely use a liquid fuel stove in winter conditions; they can safely transfer fuel, safely and properly set up a stove on a suitable surface, and light and manage the stove.
    • Scouts can explain safety hazards of using a stove and handling fuel, and how to manage identified hazards.
    • Scouts can explain appropriate responses to possible emergency scenarios related to operating a liquid fuel stove in winter conditions.
  9. I have helped lead a winter sports day.
    • As a part of a Patrol, Scouts can lead a winter sports day for a younger Section.
  10. I have slept outside for two nights in winter (in addition to requirements for previous stages).
    • Scouts can spend two consecutive nights at a winter camp. At this stage, it is expected that Scouts stay in a temporary shelter that they have built or a tent.
  11. I have participated in a winter hike lasting at least six hours and covering at least 6 km.
    • As a part of a Patrol, Scouts can hike for at least six hours, covering at least 6 km. This can be done using snowshoes or nordic skis.
  12. I have hiked a minimum of 5 km in winter conditions following compass bearings.
    • Scouts can hike a minimum of 5 km following compass bearings.
    • This can be done as a part of the six-hour hike completed for this stage.
  13. I know how to avoid, recognize and treat carbon monoxide poisoning (which can occur in winter shelters).
    • Scouts can describe how to avoid and treat carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Scouts can identify possible causes of carbon monoxide poisoning related to winter camping.
  14. I have a first aid qualification equivalent to the Scout First Aid badge (St John’s or Red Cross Standard First Aid).
    • Scouts will have completed standard first aid training.
  15. I can execute a ladder rescue, chain assist and reaching assist for someone who has fallen through the ice.
    • Scouts Canada Field Book pages 188-89 describe the required rescue techniques.