Hill Walking – Stage 1
| I can pack my rucksack for a day hike
o Last in, first out pack what you need first at the top
o Heavy items are packed nearest to your back
o Item you dont think you need first at the bottom of you pack
| I know what to wear and what extras I need to bring on a hike
o Strong shoes/ Boots
o Layers of clothes (Base ,mid , third , Outer)
o Hat and Gloves
o A torch with spare batteries and bulb
o Food and drink (hot)
o Spare clothing
o Personal First Aid Kit
| I know what food to bring on a hike
Food is fuel and when you are hiking you use a lot of fuel
The first rule is to ensure you have enough fuel onboard before you start hiking – that means having a good breakfast at least an hour before you leave and we’re not talking a small bowl of cocopops here.
Then thoughout the day we want to refuel regularly (a dentists nightmare because we’re talking about snaking often).
We want foods which are high in carbohydrates and light to carry such as sandwiches, cereal bars or flapjacks, fruit cake, fruit or dried fruit especially banannas, and nuts.
You would need about 2 sandwiches, a cereal bar, two pieces of fruit and some raisins or nuts to get you though a full day hike.
What happens if the fog comes down and you have to shelter for the night, someone in the group has an injury, you miss the bus, or someone simply needs gets cold and tired and needs an energy boost. This is where our emergency rations come in – a couple of mars bars, a bananna and some chocolate, some glucoose sweets: whatever you like but it must be put into a separte container or plastic bag not to be touched unless in the emergency situation
| I know how to behave safely while hiking
o Follow Leader instructions
o look after your buddy
o do not go beyond the hike leader or behind the tail leader.
| I can read a simple map
| I can point out and name the main features of a map
(Activity based )
|I can be responsible for myself while we are hiking
(Activity based )
|I can recognize the main distress signals
The recognised mountain distress signals are based on groups of three . A distress signal can be 3 fires or piles of rocks in a triangle, three blasts on a whistle, or three flashes of a light, in succession followed by a one minute pause and repeated until a response is received. Three blasts or flashes is the appropriate response.
|I know the buddy system
In all Scouting water activities we use the Buddy system for safety. Each Scout is asked to team up with another Scout while taking part. Your job as a Buddy is to look out for your partner and he/she has to look out for you.
|I understand why I should follow directions from an instructor
o For your own Safety
o In order for you to learn the best way to do activities
o for the safety of the group
o to know how to react in case of an emergency
|I have atttended at least two hikes