Trail Skills Stage 8

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Trail Skills - Stage 8 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can teach another youth how to pack for a hiking expedition.
    • Scouts can teach others how to pack their personal and group gear for a hiking expedition of more than two nights.
  2. I can make recommendations to improve group equipment.
    • Scouts can review group equipment and research alternatives to improve hiking experiences.
  3. I can navigate accurately and safely over rough terrain in any type of weather, and at night.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their expertise in hiking in poor visibility conditions (e.g. mist or fog) or at night under supervision.
    • Scouts can locate precise points or grid reference points on various terrains.
    • Time and accuracy to find the points are important.
  4. I can teach another youth how to plan a hike in unfamiliar territory using the appropriate tools.
    • Scouts can teach other youth how to find their position on a map and use their map skills to enter coordinates into a GPS unit so that they can navigate from that point to another on the hike.
    • Scouts can teach how to prepare a route by considering features shown on a topographic map.
  5. I can teach how to read weather patterns outdoors without the use of weather forecasts.
    • Scouts can explain and describe to other Scouts how temperature changes, changes in wind speed, cloud formations and other indicators can indicate the coming weather.
  6. I have completed a Wilderness First Aid course.
    • Scouts have completed certification in first aid in an outdoor setting where help is not immediately available.
  7. I can follow the procedures in the event of an accident.
    • Scouts can prepare a safety plan and can follow the plan directions.
  8. I have taken part in at least six hiking adventures of various lengths, two of which include overnight components.
    • Scouts can participate in various types of hikes and terrain different from those experienced in previous stages.
    • When possible, at least one hike can be to height over 1300 m.
  9. I can lead a hiking expedition of several nights.
    • Scouts can demonstrate their skills by leading the planning and execution of the hike.
  10. I can take responsibility for our group on a hiking adventure.
    • Scouts can take the lead position on a hiking adventure and demonstrate responsible actions including checks and measures for safety
  11. I have written logs for all of these activities.
    • Scouts add the details for these hikes including the location, route, weather, interesting points, etc. to their logbook.
  12. I can follow Scouts Canada procedures for a hiking trip.
    • Scouts access and complete Scouts Canada’s required forms for outings.