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Snow Sports - In-Person Class Notes

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

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 (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Snow Sports Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Snow Sports merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Snow Sports - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Snow Sports Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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.

(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.

2.

Do the following:

(a)

Explain why every snow sport participant should be prepared to render first aid in the event of an accident.

(b)

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

3.

Explain the international trail-marking system.

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.

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.

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.

7.

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

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 side slip 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 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 trial, demonstrate effective propulsion by showing proper weight transfer form 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 snowboard 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 sideslipping 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.