Snowboarding Activity Badge

The Snowboarding Activity Badge is being discontinued and is being replaced by the Snowsports Staged Activity Badge. You can continue to work towards and complete this badge before 31st January 2019. You can start working towards earning the new Snowsports Staged Activity Badge immediately.

If you hold the ASSGB or BASI Three Star awards, you automatically qualify for the Snowboarding Activity Badge. If you do not hold either of these awards, you must complete the following to earn your Snowboarding Activity Badge.

In all elements of this badge, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Preperation
  • How to use a resort piste map
  • Three good warn-up excersises for upper, middle, and lower body
  • How to carry your equipment safely
  • Putting on and taking off your board correctly
  • Falling and getting back up safely
  • Getting on and off the chair lift correctly
  • Using a beginners’ drag lift

You must demonstrate the following basic level skills:

  • Good stance and balance, such as on your board with arms folded
  • Traversing across a slope from left to right showing good body position, stance, and use of the board edges
  • Linking rhythmic, carved turns of varying sizes
  • Boarding on rough or bumpy terrain
  • Climbing up the slope with the board on the toe edge
  • Skating on the flat
  • Performing a falling leaf down a slope on toe and heel edges

You should then be able to show the following confidence building skills:

  • A straight run with a hockey stop
  • Basic turns with the wrong foot forward
  • Complete a slalom run through at least 12 open gates
  • A basic jump or trick on the flat
  • Complete a free run down a red-graded slope showing balance, control, good choice of line, and awareness of others around you
  • A 360 degree turn on a flat surface with both one and two feet attached

Once you have complete all the above, you should be able to discuss and explain the following aspects of Snowboarding:

  1. Different types of board and boot design
  2. Snow blindness and how to avoid it
  3. The importance of using sunscreen
  4. The physical dangers you may encounter while boarding and how the ski patrol would mark this
  5. The Federation Internationale de Ski safety rules
  6. The effects of extreme temperatures such as frostbite, hypothermia, sunstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration and how to avoid and treat them
  7. The impact of snow sports on the mountain environment
  8. How you have furthered your involvement in snowboarding

Rules and Permits

You must ensure that you follow the rules in Chapter Nine of the Scout Association Policy, Organisation, and Rules (POR) and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.


Where applicable, badge requirements may be adapted or altered according to the abilities of a young person. Scout Association rules for adjustment can be found in the Policy and Approach article at the Scout Association website.