Snow Sports Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
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 will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - 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 when 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 direction 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. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). 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 
 
 
Other Snow Sports MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Snow Sports Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Snow Sports Merit Badge Workbook
 
Snow Sports Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Snow Sports MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Snow Sports Merit BadgeThings 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

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS WILL TAKE PLACE OUTDOORS AND SCOUTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH OUTDOOR GEAR APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIME OF YEAR AND FORECASTED WEATHER CONDITIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR USE SPECIFIC TO THIS MERIT BADGE THAT SCOUTS SHOULD HAVE FOR THE CLASS.

 

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in snow sport activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet for this requirement component as all the required knowledge and recommendations will be found within the contents of the pamphlet. It is strongly recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings utilizing a Merit Badge Workbook or marking their merit badge pamphlet for easy reference when providing explanation during the class.

b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in snow sports, including hypothermia, frostbite, shock, dehydration, sunburn, fractures, bruises, sprains, and strains. Tell how to apply splints.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge as well as the ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in winter or snow sport activities.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Explain why every snow sport participant 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 an opportunity to share their explanation, and all will need to do so, for consideration of being signed off on this requirement component.  Only Scouts who can give a thought-out explanation for this requirement during the class will be signed off on this requirement component.  Don't come to class and try and "fake" your way through this one, only prepared Scouts will be signed off.

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

Scouts will find it easy to prepare for this requirement component using the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet.  It is recommended that Scouts use a notebook or workbook to record 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 component AND actively participate in the class discussion, will be considered for signed off.  Scouts that show up that have not prepared will NOT be signed off on this part of the requirement.

 

3. Explain the international trail-marking system.

Scouts will find a good explanation within the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet. Make sure you have read this section of the pamphlet are able to explain this during the class.  Scouts not able to prepare and share their understanding of the international trail-marking system during the class, will NOT be signed off on this requirement.  Be Prepared.

 

4. Discuss the importance of strength, endurance, and flexibility in snow sports. Demonstrate exercises and activities you can do to get fit for the option you choose in requirement 7.

The merit badge counselor will help facilitate this requirement during the class.  This is not to be interpreted as a requirement you do not need to prepare for.  Active participation in the class will determine whether a Scout is signed off on this requirement, which includes coming to class having at least read the merit badge pamphlet and being able to share knowledgeabley in the discussion and activity covering this requirement during the class.

 

5. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for the option you choose in requirement 7. Discuss how the clothing you have chosen will help keep you warm and protected.

At the discretion of the merit badge counselor, only Scouts who are properly attired will be allowed to work on Requirement 7 below.  This also means that Scouts not being able to present themselves properly attired for their activity choice AND weather conditions, will NOT be able to complete this requirement as well as Requirement 7. 

Review the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet if you need help or clarification on what might be expected.  Common sense is needed here.

 

6. Do EACH of the following:

a. Tell the meaning of the Your Responsibility Code for skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers. 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 participants at snow sport venues like 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).  Active participation in the class discussion is necessary for consideration in being signed off on this requirement and its components.

 

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

PLEASE CHECK THE CLASS SIGN UP TO DETERMINE WHICH OF THESE OPTIONS FOR REQUIREMENT 7 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 FEE.

IN ALL OPTIONS FOR REQUIREMENT 7, class time will be allotted for discussion on each requirement component. Scouts will need to be sure to have prepared for discussion and explanation respectively.  It is not acceptable to attend the class not having read the Snow Sports Merit Badge pamphlet AND being prepared for discussion and/or explanation on the requirement components.

Other requirement components under each option require Scouts to show or demonstrate their ability to perform the specified skill. While the instructor / counselor will help supplement these requirement components, it should not be expected that they will train or teach the skill to the competency level needed to complete the requirement component for sign off.  Only Scouts who can successfully and satisfactorily meet the counselor's expectation, will be signed off on the respective requirement component.

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

 

DOWNHILL (ALPINE) SKIING OPTION

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

d. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others.

e. 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.

f. On slightly steeper terrain, show linked wedge turns.

g. On a moderate slope, demonstrate five to 10 christies.

h. 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

i. Demonstrate the ability to ski in varied conditions, including changes in pitch, snow conditions, and moguls. Maintain your balance and ability to turn.

j. Name the major ski organizations in the United States and explain their functions.

CROSS-COUNTRY (NORDIC) SKIING OPTION

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 and poles 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. List the items you would take on a one-day ski tour.

f. Demonstrate the proper use of a topographic map and compass.

g. On a gentle, packed slope, show some basic ways to control speed and direction. Include the straight run, traverse, side slip, step turn, wedge stop, and wedge turn maneuvers.

h. On a cross-country trail, demonstrate effective propulsion by showing proper weight transfer from ski to ski, pole timing, rhythm, flow, and glide.

i. Demonstrate your ability, on a tour, to cope with an average variety of snow conditions.

j. 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."

SNOWBOARDING OPTION

a. Discuss forward-fall injuries.

b. Show your ability to select the correct equipment for snowboarding and to use it for safety and comfort.

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 snow-board easily and safely.

e. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of lift and explain how to ride two others.

f. Demonstrate the basic principles of waxing a snowboard.

g. Do the following:

1. On a gentle slope, demonstrate beginning snowboarding maneuvers. Show basic ways to control speed and direction. Include the side slipping maneuver.

2. On slightly steeper terrain, show traversing.

h. On a moderate slope, demonstrate an ollie, a nose-end grab, and a wheelie.

i. Make a controlled run down an intermediate slope and demonstrate the following:

1. Skidded, carved, and jump turns

2. Stops

3. Riding fakie

j. Demonstrate your ability to ride in varied conditions, including changes in pitch, snow conditions, and moguls. Maintain your balance and ability to turn.

k. Name the major snowboarding organizations in the United States and explain their functions.

SNOWSHOEING OPTION

a. Name the parts of a snowshoe.

b. Explain how to choose the correct size of snowshoe.

c. Describe the different types of snowshoes and their specialized uses. Discuss factors to consider when choosing a snowshoe.

d. Explain how to properly care for and maintain snowshoes.

e. Describe how to make an emergency snowshoe.

f. Describe areas that are best for snowshoeing. Discuss some advantages and dangers of backcountry snowshoeing.

g. Discuss the benefits of snowshoeing.

h. Demonstrate the most efficient ways to break trail, climb uphill, travel downhill and traverse a slope.

i. Take a two-mile snowshoe hike with a buddy or your troop.

j. Demonstrate your ability, on a hike, to cope with an average variety of snow conditions.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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