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SNOW SPORTS MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Snow Sports Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Snow Sports Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

SNOW SPORTS MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Snow Sports Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Winter Weather-appropriate clothing (dress for outdoor weather conditions)

5. Snow Sports equipment for the designated Snow Sports activity if you have personal equipment that you would like to use - unless noted, Snow Sports equipment for the outdoor portion, as designated in the sign up) will be provided as a part of the class

6. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

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

Scouts will want to prepare by reviewing the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet so that they are able to describe the different safety precautions and first aid items necessary to show for completion of this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts utilize a Merit Badge Workbook or a notebook to take notes to reference at the class when completing this requirement during the class.

 

2. Explain why every skier or snowboarder should be prepared to render first aid in the event of an accident

Scouts should think about this and formulate their explanation prior to the class.  All participants in the class will have and opportunity to share their explanation, and all will need to do so, for consideration on being signed off on this requirement.  Only Scouts who are able to give a thought out explanation for this requirement during the class will be signed off on this requirement.  Don't come to class and try and "fake" your way through this one, only prepared Scouts will be signed off..

 

3. Explain the procedure used to report an accident to the local ski patrol for the area where you usually ski or ride

Scouts will find it easy to prepare for this requirement through the use of the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet.  It is recommended that Scouts use a notebook to make notes of their findings so they can easily share and partake in the discussion during the class.  Only Scouts that can show they have done preparation work for this requirement will be signed off.  Scouts that show up that have not prepared will NOT be signed off on this part of the requirement.

 

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

Scouts will find the use of the merit badge pamphlet to be extremely helpful in preparing for the components of this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts utilize a merit badge workbook to help organize their notes and findings for reference during class discussion (telling and explaining as the requirement states) on this requirement and it's components.  Active participation in the class discussion is necessary for consideration in being signed off on this requirement.

 

5. Complete ALL of the requirements for ONE of the following options: downhill (Alpine) skiing OR cross-country (Nordic) OR snowboarding

PLEASE CHECK THE CLASS SIGN UP TO DETERMINE WHICH OF THESE OPTIONS FOR REQUIREMENT 5 WILL BE DONE FOR YOUR CLASS.  AS NOTED ABOVE, YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR OWN PERSONAL SNOW SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR THE DESIGNATED SNOW SPORTS OPTION, HOWEVER, UNLESS NOTED, ALL SNOW SPORTS EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE SELECTED OPTION AS A PART OF YOUR REGISTRATION COSTS.

 

IN ALL CASES THE FOLLOWING IS THE PREPARATION NOTES FOR REQUIREMENT 5:

 

All components of whichever is the designated option for the class will be allotted time for completion.  Requirement components for this requirement will be gone over during the class however Scouts will not be fed information that they should and can easily prepare for ahead of time. 

Items marked with "COME PREPARED" ahead of them require Scouts to do preparation to some degree for that requirement component prior to the class.  Only Scouts having done preparation work will be considered for sign off on the respective component(s).  The counselor will help supplement these requirement components, but the counselors instruction, guidance, etc will not solely allow the Scout to complete the requirement.  Scouts will find that these requirement components marked with "COME PREPARED" all can easily be reviewed and prepared for through the use of the Snow Sports Merit Badge Pamphlet.  Scouts may want to consider utilizing a merit badge workbook or other means to make notes of their research and findings for easier reference and recall during the class for completion of the requirement components.

It must also be noted that in some cases, part of or all of certain requirement components require a proficiency level for completion. These skill-based proficiency parts of the components of requirement 5 will only be signed off for Scouts that are able to meet the standards outlined in the requirement. Some Scouts may find that additional time and practice may be required in preparing for or after the the class to bring their skill up to an acceptable level for completion. The merit badge counselor will do what they can to assist in helping Scouts, however, it should be noted that the counselor is a counselor, not a training coach and their skills, time, and abilities may limit them from being able to aid boys in attaining a proficiency level necessary for completion during the class.

 

DOWNHILL (ALPINE) SKIING OPTION

COME PREPARED 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

COME PREPARED b. Explain the American Teaching System and a basic snow-skiing progression

COME PREPARED c. Name the major ski organizations in the United States and explain their functions

COME PREPARED d. Discuss the five types of Alpine skis. Demonstrate two ways to carry skis and poles safely and easily

COME PREPARED e. Explain the importance of strength, endurance, and flexibility in downhill skiing. Demonstrate exercises and activities you can do to get fit for skiing

COME PREPARED f. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for downhill skiing. Discuss how the clothing you have chosen will keep you warm and protected

COME PREPARED g. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others

COME PREPARED 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

See explanation above.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY (NORDIC) SKIING OPTION

COME PREPARED a. Show your ability to select, use, and repair, if necessary, the correct equipment for ski touring in safety and comfort

COME PREPARED b. Discuss classical and telemark skis. Demonstrate two ways to carry skis safely and easily

COME PREPARED c. Discuss the basic principles of waxing for cross-country ski touring

COME PREPARED d. Discuss the differences between cross-country skiing, ski touring, ski mountaineering, and downhill skiing

COME PREPARED 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

COME PREPARED f. List items you would take on a one-day ski tour

COME PREPARED 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

COME PREPARED 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"

See explanation above.

 

SNOWBOARDING OPTION

COME PREPARED 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:

COME PREPARED 1. Demonstrate your ability to select the correct equipment for snowboarding and to use it for safety and comfort.

COME PREPARED 2. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for snowboarding. Discuss how the clothing you have chosen will keep you warm and protected

COME PREPARED c. Show how to use and maintain your own bindings, and explain the use of the different binding methods. Explain the need for leashes

COME PREPARED d. Discuss the four types of snowboards. Demonstrate how to carry a snowboard easily and safely

COME PREPARED e. Demonstrate exercises and activities that will get you fit for snowboarding

COME PREPARED f. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others

COME PREPARED g. Explain the international trail-marking system

COME PREPARED 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

COME PREPARED m. Name the major snowboarding organizations in the United States and explain their functions

See explanation above.

this page last reviewed and updated - February 2016