By Darryl Alder
Jan 30, 2015

Use Winter to Build Program for Troops, Teams and Crews

levelsSnow, skiing and outdoor fun all combine when you work on one of Scouting’s winter sports achievements and spend the night. A great place to get a green (easiest) winter adventure is through our partner, Brian Head Resort, proud sponsor of the Snow Sports Merit Badgesnow_sports_cover.

Winter Sports for Troops

This year they are offering a 2015 Boy Scout Klondike, Feb 20-21, 2015 with

  • Breakfast in the Lodge at Brian Head
  • Tubing, Skiing, or Snowboarding on Sat.

But let’s face it, Klondike Derby is for Boy Scouts, so let’s explore how this event could be expanded to include your Varsity Scouts and Venturers by giving them the blue or black program level while still going as a complete group.

Know this, nothing attracts young people to Varsity Scouting and Venturing as much as outdoor adventure and winter is packed full of opportunities.

Winter Sports for Teams

For your team there are two Activity Pins for their letter and each has a complete program feature to support it’s completion.

Winter Sports for Crews:

RangerAnd for your Crew nothing demonstrates a Venturer’s outdoor expertise as much as the Ranger Award. Thinking back to my youth I craved the activities that this program offers, which include eight challenging core requirements and 18 electives. Venturers who earn this challenging award spend a year or more learning, practicing, and teaching skills in different areas—nice thing is, that this award is still a part of the New Venturing Program. Click here for the full requirements, 

The core is big by itself and will make great outdoorsmen of your crew, but the most fun part of the program is in the electives, one of which is Winter Sports.

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To complete the Venturing Ranger Award requirements for Winter Sports, a Venturer must learn all about skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating. The Venturer must learn about safety, ethics,  and physical conditioning. Then he or she must teach others about the sport. Here are the Ranger Award Elective Requirements:

  1. Be familiar with cold weather-related injuries and how to avoid and treat them.
  2. Know and explain the safety and ethics codes for your chosen winter sport (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or ice skating). Example: Skier’s Responsibility Code found in the National Ski Areas Association Classroom Guide for skier education, published by the National Ski Patrol, or the Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling, published by Tread Lightly!, Inc.
  3. Design a 30-day physical fitness and stretching program that will prepare you for your chosen winter sport, including exercising and stretching for at least 30 minutes three times a week for 30 days.
  4. Choose one of the following winter sports and complete the requirements for that sport.
    • Alpine Skiing
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational ski sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult ski counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, skiing various types of ski terrain, including moguls.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner skiers. Teach them basic turns and stops.
      4.  Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on alpine skiing.
    • Nordic Skiingcrew skiing
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational ski sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult ski counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, skiing all types of ski terrain, and that you can use a map and compass while skiing.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner Nordic skiers.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on Nordic skiing.
    • Snowboarding
      1. During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational snowboarding sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult snowboarding counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, snowboarding all types of ski terrain, including jumps and other boarding maneuvers.
      3.  Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner snowboarders.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on snowboarding.
    • Snowmobiling
      1.  During a winter season, participate in at least six recreational snowmobiling sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your ski trips, demonstrate to the adult snowmobiling counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport, snowmobiling all types of terrain, and that you can navigate using maps and compass to plan and carry out a trip.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner snowmobilers.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on snowmobiling.
    • Ice Skating
      1. Participate in at least 10 recreational skating sessions totaling 40 hours.
      2. On one of your skating trips, demonstrate to the adult skating counselor approved by your Advisor that you are proficient in this sport.
      3. Give instruction and assistance to a group of beginner skaters.
      4. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on ice skating.

Portions of this article are taken from Venturing Awards and Requirements (No. 34784), September-October 2011 issue of Scouting magazineUS Scouting Service Project and ScouterMom.com

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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. B2Y by FOS Final

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