Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop

Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

We have had a couple of kids in our Pack get the Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. We tend to have ice storms here more than good snow storms, so they have to be ready when the snow comes or go to a resort to get this recognition.

Don’t forget to follow the guidelines in the Winter Sports Safety section of the Guide to Safe Scouting when participating in winter sports activities.

Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain the conditioning, clothing, equipment, and planning needed for snow skiing or boarding.
  2. Explain “Your Responsibility Code,” (below) the rules of safety and courtesy for the slopes:
    1. Always stay in control
    2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
    3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
    4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
    5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
    6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
    7. Know how to use the lifts safely.
  3. Go skiing or snow boarding. Demonstrate how to stop and turn.

4 Responses to Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

  1. BJacques December 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM #

    I know packs in our area have used snow tubing as their activities for earning this belt loop. How flexible can something like this be? Snow tubing starts around $18 in this area, whereas skiing and snowboarding is $100+ per child.

    • Scouter Mom December 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM #

      That’s a good question to ask your district advancement chair. If he (or she) doesn’t know the answer, he should be able to find out for you.

  2. Jason A April 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM #

    The requirements are clearly described in the handbooks and online at:

    http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/CubScouts/UniformsAndAwards/sanda/snow_ski_board.aspx

    They are published so that there is uniformity for ALL cub scouts who earn this belt loop. Some activities are naturally not available in all areas, and sometimes budgetary considerations might make it cost-prohibitive (as BJacques suggests). For that reason, there are lots of other options, i.e. there is no reason a cub scout absolutely MUST HAVE this belt loop to advance.

    That said, sometimes there are special offers at ski mountains where you can do far better than $100. Here in the Northeast, there are promotions, particularly in January (which is Learn To Ski and Snowboard month nationally), which reduce the cost to maybe less than $50 per person (and at one of my local mountains, they offer one day a year early in the season that’s FREE). It’s worth investigating these and talking to the local mountain operators to see what they can do. Mention cub scouts, and you might also get a good group rate for a day.

    Regards
    Jason (former Cubmaster and current PSIA Level 1 ski instructor)

  3. Heather Klekar October 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

    I live in San Antonio, Texas. Of course we do not get much, if any snow here. I was wondering if someone had an idea of teaching the boys how to ski or snowboard inside a church gym to meet the belt loop requirement?

    We are having a “camp-in” our church gym in January and I am going wtih a winter theme, especially since most of our guys have not had the chance to experience most snow games. Of course we will be adapting our snowball fights to crumpled up newspaper hiding behind snow forts built from shoe boxes painted white, building a snowman with toilet paper (a version of the tp game but they have to decorate their snowperson as well), relays with cottonballs as the snowflakes, etc.

    Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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