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2/17 Snow Sports Merit Badge

This year just like years past, we’ll be going to Timberline Ski Resort in Davis West Virginia

Here is a link to their web site: click here

Here is a link to the trail map PDF: Timberline

Here is the link to the outing packet PDF: 2012 Description and Schedule

Here is the permission slip PDF: Permission Slip

Here is the packing list PDF: Packing Checklist

Date: Presidents day weekend, Friday Feb 17th thru Monday Feb 20th.

Cost: $239.00, includes-Skis boots poles, lodging on-site at the bunk house, 8 meals, beginner ski lesson, and 3 days of lift tickets. IMPORTANT: Each Scout must wear a helemt to ski if he has his own he can use that otherwise it will cost an additional $10.00 to rent the helmet for 3 days.


Badge: The troop will be working on the Snow Sports merit badge leading up to the trip as well as on-site each scout who attends can expect to receive this merit badge (provided he does the work) when we return (to be presented at the next court of honor).

Departure: Scouts will need to be at the Legion Hall by 2:30 for a 3:30 departure, getting to Timberline by 7:00 and getting the equipment that night makes for a much more enjoyable Sat morning on the slopes. Early departure from school will be required for this trip.

Equipment and lessons: Scouts will have the choice of skis or snowboards, from experience, we recommend skis for first timers. Each scout will be fitted and instructed on how to use the equipment they will be renting. Each scout will be given skis boots poles and a helmet (helmets are required and are not optional). Scouts (and parents) who will need it the resort also includes a ski lesson, this is a beginners lesson and will cover basic skiing techniques on the slope, in the lift lines, and how to get on and off the lifts. The lesson is about 30-45 minutes in length and will convene on the slopes in a clearly marked area.

Conditions: Obviously we hope for snow, but if we don’t get any natural snow the resort is equipped with snow making equipment and most of the trails are covered. We will be going snow or no snow, for more on the conditions check the link below.

Special Equipment: Although normally not allowed scouts will be encouraged to bring their cell phones with them and register their numbers with the leaders going on the trip. Although we will be strictly enforcing the buddy system on the trip the resort is large and being able to get in touch with a scout via his personal cell phone is helpful for meal times and other events.

Lodging: This year we will be staying at the bunk houses at the Timberline, the rooms have 2 bathrooms and sleep 30. Each scout will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow along with his own personal gear. The rooms lock and scouts can return to them during the day but they will need to work with adults to get in, it is recommended that whatever personal items they have be carried by the scout.

Meals and spending cash: Scouts will be given meal tickets for each meal in a day immediately before the meal time. This will allow a scout to go through the cafeteria line and take as much food as he wants but he can only go through once. After that he will have to pay, it’s suggested that he bring $40 with him for snacks and drinks.

Overall this trip is a great time and is always well attended, we will need your payment no later than December 13th in order to hold space and equipment for your scout, please see Mr Valley for more info or questions:

More information will be made available as we get closer to the event date. See you on the slopes!


Snow Sports Merit Badge Materials:

Here are the materials for obtaining your snow sports merit badge from this outing, Mr Custer and Mr Valley will be working with the scouts on this badge please contact either of them for more information and scheduling:

Snow Sports Merit Badge workbook

Snow Sports pamphlet



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