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Snowboarding Activity Badge

This badge is being discontinued, due to the introduction of a new Snowsports Staged Activity Badge for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

This badge will no longer be available from 31 January 2019.

How to earn your badge

If you hold an ASSGB or a BASI Three Star, you automatically qualify for the Snowboarding Badge. In France, an equivalent  level is the ESF Two Star. In Italy, it’s the Scuola Italiana di Sci, One Bronze.

Otherwise, do all of the tasks outlined.

  1. Demonstrate every point under each of these
    • Preparation
    • how to use a resort piste map
    • three good warm up exercises – one each for upper, middle and lower body
    • carrying your equipment safely
    • putting on and take off a board correctly
    • falling and getting up safely
    • getting on and off a chair lift correctly
    • using a beginners’ drag lift (button or T-bar).

      Basic skills
    • good stance and balance, such as on your board with arms folded
    • traversing across a slope from left to right and vice versa, showing good body position, stance and use of board edges
    • linking rhythmic, carved turns of varying sizes
    • boarding on rough or bumpy terrain
    • climbing up the slope, board on toe edge
    • skating on the flat
    • performing falling leaf down a slope, toe and heel edge.

      Confidence building
    • a straight run with a hockey stop
    • basic turns with the wrong foot forward (boarding backwards)
    • completing a slalom run through 12 open gates
    • a basic jump or trick on the flat
    • completing a free run down a moderate to hard slope (red) showing balance, control, good choice of line and awareness of other people on the slope
    • turning 360° on a flat surface, with one and two feet attached.
  2. Explain to an appropriate adult:
    • the different types of board and boot design
    • what snow blindness is and to avoid it
    • the importance of using sunscreen
    • the physical dangers you are likely to encounter while boarding and how the ski patrol would mark these
    • the Fédération Internationale de Ski safety rules.
  3. Discuss:
    • the effects of extremes of temperature in cases of frostbite, hypothermia, sunstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Explain how to avoid them and how they should be treated.
    • the impact of snow sports on the mountain environment
    • your further involvement in snowboarding.

The safety rules in chapter nine of Policy Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme apply when you’re attempting this badge.

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.


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