Trail Skills Stage 7

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Trail Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can pack a rucksack for a hiking expedition of more than two nights.
    • Scouts can demonstrate how to pack their personal and group gear for a hiking expedition of more than two nights.
  2. I can inspect group emergency equipment for a hiking expedition of more than two nights.
    • Scouts will recognize equipment that needs maintenance repair or replacement.
  3. I can show what group equipment to bring on a hiking expedition of more than two nights and explain why each item is needed.
    • Scouts will demonstrate their expertise by describing the equipment.
  4. I can choose appropriate lightweight hiking equipment.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their expertise by explaining what lightweight equipment is and how it is used, and help to evaluate various makes and brands of equipment prior to its purchase.
  5. I can plan and cook a variety of meals on a hiking expedition of more than two nights.
    • Scouts can demonstrate cooking while on the hiking expedition.
    • Meals can fulfil nutritious needs and sustain energy for hiking.
    • Scouts can also explain how to pack and carry emergency rations for a hike.
  6. I can explain how much food is needed on hiking expeditions of various lengths.
    • Scouts can explain how trail snacks can be used on a hike to supply energy.
    • Scouts can describe how much energy is used on a hike (calories) and how much food is needed to support a hiking expedition.
  7. I can navigate at night or in poor visibility.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their skill in hiking in poor visibility conditions (e.g. mist or fog) or at night under supervision.
    • Scouts can locate grid reference points on various terrains.
  8. I can use a topographical map to plan a hike in unfamiliar territory.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their skill by plotting a route through new territory.
  9. I can predict weather changes without the use of weather forecasts.
    • Scouts can recognize temperature changes, changes in wind speed and cloud formations, and use these and other indicators to predict the weather on their hiking activity.
  10. I can make changes to my group’s outing for safety reasons based on changing weather patterns that can occur during the activity.
    • Scouts can recognize temperature changes, changes in wind speed and cloud formations, and use these and other indicators to adjust the hiking activity’s length, duration, camp locations, etc.
  11. I can teach trail travel techniques for various trail types.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their expertise to others.
  12. I can teach appropriate trail etiquette to other Scouts.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their expertise to others.
  13. I can assess risk and be aware of group safety.
    • Scouts can complete a risk assessment for hiking expeditions.
    • Scouts can describe the limitations of their team members.
    • Scouts can make informed decisions about their participation based on various factors including: equipment, weather and skill level.
  14. I can plan escape routes.
    • Scouts can explain how severe weather or injury can change a hiking expedition and what they would do to incorporate a quick escape to safety or help while planning the expedition.
    • Scouts can identify escape or safety routes.
  15. I have participated in at least five hikes of various lengths.
    • Scouts will participate in various types of hikes and terrains different from those experienced for previous stages.
    • When possible, at least one hike can be to height over 1300 m.
  16. I have taken, planned and led one hike without a Scouter.
    • Scouts have acted as a leader in the planning and execution of a hike, within Scouts Canada procedures.
    • As part of normal operations, the plan will be discussed with the Group Committee prior to the hike.
  17. I have taken part in an unaccompanied but supervised two-night hike.
    • Scouts can hike with Scouters nearby to provide aid if necessary.
    • Each night’s camp can be in a different location on the route of the hike.
  18. I have written logs for all of these activities.
    • Scouts can add the details for these hikes including the location, route, weather, interesting points, etc. to their logbook.
  19. I can plan and lead an overnight hike.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their skills by leading the planning and execution of the overnight hike. Scouts can explain how they will make decisions off and on the trail, who and how the pace of the hike will be determined and how, how and when rest and water breaks will be decided.
  20. I can organise the transport required for an activity.
    • Scouts can participate in planning the transportation options such as rentals, buses, etc.
    • Scouts can discuss costs and benefits of their plans.
  21. I can research and find information about the hiking destination.
    • Scouts can use various methods to prepare for a hiking expedition including personal guides, guidebooks, internet, maps and trail books.
  22. I can create a budget for a hiking trip for my group.
    • Scouts can prepare for a hiking expedition, considering details including: cost to camp at the destination, water resources and other important information.