TROOP•444

Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Snow Sports Merit Badge

 

Snow Sports

 

 

Requirements

  1. Discuss winter sports safety, and show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while skiing or riding, including hypothermia, frostbite, shock, dehydration, sunburn, fractures, bruises, sprains, and strains. Tell how to apply splints.
  2. Explain why every skier or snowboarder should be prepared to render first aid in the event of an accident.
  3. Explain the procedure used to report an accident to the local ski patrol for the area where you usually ski or ride.
  4. Do EACH of the following:
        A. Tell the meaning of the Your Responsibility Code for skiers and snow-boarders. Explain why each
              rider must follow this code.
        B. Explain the Smart Style safety program. Tell why it is important and how it applies to skiers and
              snowboarders in terrain parks and pipes.
        C. Explain the precautions pertaining to avalanche safety, including the responsibility of individuals
              regarding avalanche safety.
        D. Tell the meaning of the Wilderness Use Policy. Explain why each skier and snowboarder must
              adopt this policy.
  5. Complete all of the requirements for ONE of the following options: downhill (Alpine) skiing or cross-country (Nordic) skiing or snowboarding.

        o Downhill (Alpine) Skiing
            A. Show how to use and maintain your own release bindings and explain the use of two others.
                  Explain the international DIN standard and what it means to skiers.
            B. Explain the American Teaching System and a basic snow-skiing progression.
            C. Name the major ski organizations in the United States and explain their functions.
            D. Discuss the five types of Alpine skis. Demonstrate two ways to carry skis and poles safely and
                  easily.
            E. Explain the importance of strength, endurance, and flexibility in downhill skiing. Demonstrate
                  exercises and activities you can do to get fit for skiing.
            F. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for downhill skiing. Discuss how the clothing you
                  have chosen will keep you warm and protected.
            G. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others.
            H. Explain the international trail-marking system.
            I. On a gentle slope, demonstrate some of the beginning maneuvers learned in skiing. Include the
                  straight run, gliding wedge, wedge stop, sidestep, and herringbone maneuvers.
            J. On slightly steeper terrain, show linked wedge turns.
            K. On a moderate slope, demonstrate five to 10 christies.
            L. Make a controlled run down an intermediate slope and demonstrate the following:
                1. Short-, medium-, and long-radius parallel turns
                2. A sideslip and safety (hockey) stop to each side
                3. Traverse across a slope
            M. Demonstrate the ability to ski in varied conditions, including changes in pitch, snow conditions,
                  and moguls. Maintain your balance and ability to turn.

        o Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing
            A. Show your ability to select, use, and repair, if necessary, the correct equipment for ski touring in
                  safety and comfort.
            B. Discuss classical and telemark skis. Demonstrate two ways to carry skis safely and easily.
            C. Discuss the basic principles of waxing for cross-country ski touring.
            D. Discuss the differences between cross-country skiing, ski touring, ski mountaineering, and
                  downhill skiing.
            E. Explain the importance of strength, endurance, and flexibility in cross-country skiing.
                  Demonstrate exercises and activities you can do to get fit for skiing.
            F. List items you would take on a one-day ski tour.
            G. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for a one-day ski tour. Discuss the correct use of
                  your clothing and equipment, and how the clothing you have chosen will keep you warm and
                  protected.
            H. Demonstrate the proper use of a topographic map and compass.
            I. Show a degree of stamina that will enable you to keep up with an average ski-touring group your
                  age.
            J. On a gentle, packed slope, show some basic ways to control speed and direction. Include the
                  straight run, traverse, sideslip, step turn, wedge stop, and wedge turn maneuvers.
            K. On a cross-country trail, demonstrate effective propulsion by showing proper weight transfer from
                  ski to ski, pole timing, rhythm, flow, and glide.
            L. Demonstrate your ability, on a tour, to cope with an average variety of snow conditions.
            M. Demonstrate several methods of dealing with steep hills or difficult conditions. Include traverses
                  and kick turns going uphill and downhill, sidesteps, pole drag, and ski-pole "glissade."

        o Snowboarding
            A. Discuss forward-fall injuries. Tell about prevention and what action must be taken in the event of
                  any type of injury or accident.
            B. Do the following:
                1. Demonstrate your ability to select the correct equipment for snowboarding and to use it for
                      safety and comfort.
                2. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for snowboarding. Discuss how the clothing you
                      have chosen will keep you warm and protected.
            C. Show how to use and maintain your own bindings, and explain the use of the different binding
                  methods. Explain the need for leashes.
            D. Discuss the four types of snowboards. Demonstrate how to carry a snowboard easily and safely.
            E. Demonstrate exercises and activities that will get you fit for snowboarding.
            F. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others.
            G. Explain the international trail-marking system.
            H. Demonstrate the basic principles of waxing a snowboard.
            I. Do the following:
                1. On a gentle slope, demonstrate beginning snowboarding maneuvers. Show basic ways to
                      control speed and direction. Include the sideslipping maneuver.
                2. On slightly steeper terrain, show traversing.
            J. On a moderate slope, demonstrate an ollie, a nose-end grab, and a wheelie.
            K. Make a controlled run down an intermediate slope and demonstrate the following:
                1. Skidded, carved, and jump turns
                2. Stops
                3. Riding fakie
            L. Demonstrate your ability to ride in varied conditions, including changes in pitch, snow conditions,
                  and moguls. Maintain your balance and ability to turn.
            M. Name the major snowboarding organizations in the United States and explain their functions.

Snow Sports Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
FRIENDLY
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
COURTEOUS
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
KIND
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
OBEDIENT
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
CHEERFUL
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
THRIFTY
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
BRAVE
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
CLEAN
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
REVERENT