If you are interested in earning the Snow Sports Merit Badge, please email Tom Baker and let him know you’re interested.
Warnings and Perquisites
You must be a proficient skier/boarder to take this class. Proficient is defined as someone who is comfortable on intermediate (Blue) runs.
The merit badge will be taught in two sessions. The first one will be covered prior to the December 2, 2013 Troop Meeting. That day, we will cover safety, first aid, rules and regulations, organizations, equipment, etc. We will finish the badge at the Snow Creek Campout, February 22-23, 2014, where you must demonstrate proficiency as described in the merit badge book.
You must display proficiency in one of three areas, cross country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding. If cross country skiing is your thing, we will have to do it at another time.
Click here for Snow Sports Merit Badge Requirements
Downhill skiing requirements: Show how to ride a lift, on a beginner hill show a straight run, wedge, wedge stop, sidestep and herringbone climb, wedge turn. On a moderate slope (this is the top of snow creek) you must do 5-10 Christie’s, short and long radius turns, side slip, hockey
stop, traverse a slope and show your ability to ski in changes in pitch, snow conditions and moguls.
Snowboard requirements: Demonstrate your ability to side slip, traverse, and stop. Show turns by skidding, carving and jump turns. Show your proficiency by doing an Ollie, nose end grab, wheelie and riding fakie. Show how to ride a lift and ride in varied conditions including change in pitch, snow conditions and moguls.
Lack of varying snow conditions or moguls is not going to keep you from earning the merit badge, but if available we will try these obstacles. Please be realistic about your ability. IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER, DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE MERIT BADGE. The merit badge can still be earned once your skills improve. If you cannot cruise down an intermediate (blue) slope in Colorado it is unlikely that you have the skills necessary to complete the merit badge at this time.
When we get to the slope, Tom will take 2-3 scouts at a time and make a few runs to test your skills. Then he will get another group and repeat until everyone has their turn. Last year we didn’t finish until 12:30am, so be patient. If you find Tom first, you will complete the merit badge earlier.
Please email Tom Baker with your interest or call him at 913-681-8501 if you have questions.
Snow Sports Merit Badge Counselor