Winter Skills Stage 1

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Winter Skills - Stage 1 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I have built something out of snow.
    • Scouts will demonstrate an ability to have fun in the outdoors (even in the cold of winter) by building something out of snow such as a snowman, a snow fort, or some kind of snow sculpture.
    • This can be completed as a group activity or individually. It is preferable that this be completed as part of a Scouting activity with the Scout’s team.
  2. I have prepared a good snack for a winter outing.
    • The Scout will know how to pack a nutritious and tasty snack appropriate for the outing to eat outdoors, bearing in mind that activities in winter require more energy than in other seasons. Snacks should consider the environment and should minimize garbage.
  3. I always carry a water bottle when going on a winter outing.
    • Scouts should routinely drink water when on outdoor activities and should recognize that being grumpy and tired are early signs of dehydration.
  4. I can keep my water bottle from freezing on a winter outing.
    • Scouts can keep water bottles from freezing by keeping them under their coats or using an insulated water bottle or water bottle insulating sleeve.
  5. I have participated in a winter sports day (Beaveree, Cuboree, winter challenge).
    • Scouts will have participated in an outdoor sports or games day, ideally with their Patrol or Section.
  6. I know how to dress when I go outside in winter.
    • Scouts should demonstrate a basic understanding of how to dress when going outside in the wintertime.
    • They should know to wear a hat, mittens or gloves, and layered clothing appropriate for the climate and conditions.
  7. I know to stay dry or change to dry clothes when I am outside in winter.
    • Scouts wear clothing made of synthetic fibres to wick moisture and keep dry and warm, or they wear wool clothing, which will stay warm when wet.
  8. I know about the buddy system and why it is used when participating in outdoor activities.
    • Scouts can describe the buddy system and why it is used, providing some examples of winter emergencies.
  9. I know to follow the instructions of the activity leader when at an outdoor event.
    • Scouts can explain why they must be especially careful to follow the instructions of an activity leader to make sure that they stay safe from winter and normal hazards.
  10. I have hiked at least 1 km in winter.
    • Scouts have taken part in a short winter hike, wearing appropriate clothing and packing appropriate gear. They have used the buddy system.
  11. I know that I should not touch cold metal with bare skin, especially my lips or tongue.
    • Scouts can describe why they should not touch cold metal with bare skin, including what will happen (skin freezes to metal) and what injuries can result (at worst, some skin remains frozen to the metal, resulting in a serious abrasion).