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Adventure Ready

Be Adventure Ready for summer! We have picked seven of our adventure skills to showcase this Summer Season. You can help your young person develop skills for life by working through these skills with them over the holidays.

Kia Kaha! 

Emergency Level 1

Learn to stay safe in the sun

With summer here it is important to know how to be sun safe.
Can your young person do the following:

If so, you have completed task 7 on the Emergency Skills, Level 1 badge. Learn more about Emergency Skills.


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Be ready for the water

Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the highest drowning rates in the western world.
Being safe around the water is one of the skills we teach young people. Being ready for the water means – in part – that your young person knows how to put on and fit a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). This means they can:

– Put on and properly fit a PFD which is the appropriate size

– Do up and undo all clips, zips, and buckles

If they can put on a PFD and know how it should fit they have completed task 3 for the Water Safety Level 2 badge. Learn more about Water Safety Adventure Skills.


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Know what to do in extreme temperatures

Aotearoa New Zealand’s summer brings with it a wide range of weather: blistering sun to unexpected southerlies.
One of the essential skills we teach young people is how to recognise and treat hypothermia and heat exhaustion. This means they can:

– Identify the symptoms of hypothermia and heat exhaustion and explain why it is important to keep an eye out for them

– Explain how to care for someone that is showing signs of hypothermia or heat exhaustion in a tramping environment

If they can recognise and treat heat exhaustion and hypothermia they have completed task 2 for the Level 6 Tramping Adventure Skill. Learn more about the Tramping Adventure Skills.


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Know what to pack when camping

There is nothing better than spending part of summer at a campsite by the water, learn what to take with you…
One of the many skills we teach young people is what to take with them when they go camping. This means you can describe what clothing they need to bring for different weather conditions, including:

Basic clothing for overnight camp

• Multiple layers of clothing

• Clothing to sleep in

• Outer shell

• Wet weather gear

• Activity specific clothing

• Shows an understanding of how many of each item is appropriate, taking into account how many nights they will be away and the packing of a spare set of clothes should one set get wet or dirty

If your young person knows what to bring when camping they have completed task 2 of the Level 3 Camping Adventure Skill.

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Learn how to keep yourself safe while climbing

One of the joys of summer is exploring new things, including climbing rocks.
We teach young people how to climb safely. This includes identifying some of the hazards while rock climbing:

• Discussing some of the hazards that might be present while rock climbing and can offer suggestions of how to reduce the chances of injury

• Naming a minimum of three hazards, which might include rockfall, dropped equipment, loose clothing, jewellery, and/or hair
Explaining why it is important to do safety checks before starting to climb

If your young person can identify hazards while climbing they have completed the first task for the Level 2, Vertical Adventure Skills badge.

Learn more about the Vertical Adventure Skills.

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Can you explain “Clean, Check, Dry?”

Summer is when Kiwis head out, often taking their boats to the lake. Learn how to protect the environment while boating.
Didymo, an invasive waterborne weed, is common in many of the South Island’s waterways. Known as Rock Snot, stopping the spread of Didymo is important to protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment. That’s why we teach young people to:

Explain why it is important to check, clean, and dry their boats and equipment before using them in different bodies of water

IIf your young person knows the principles behind Clean, Check, Dry they have completed task 5 of the Level 6, Boating Adventure Skills. .

Learn more about the Boating Adventure Skills.

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Learn how to check your local forecast!

Being caught out by bad weather is a common Kiwi experience. From unexpected wind, rain or even sun, knowing what the weather is going to be is important for everyone – especially those who are flying..
Every year Scouts Aotearoa helps fourty young people fly solo at the start of their aviation career. As part of that learning we teach them how to get specific aviation related weather forecasts. This means they:

• Know how to get appropriate weather forecasts for flying and discuss the key points of a forecast that need to be noted and observed


If your young person knows how to get an aviation specific forecast they have completed task 8 on the Level 6 Air Activities Adventure skills.

Learn more about the Air Activities Adventure Skills.


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We are in 360 communities around Aotearoa New Zealand.

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime. We are in 360 communities around Aotearoa New Zealand. Our dedicated volunteer are here to bring out the best in our young people, that includes skills to own their own adventure.

Our youth development programme consists of three elements: Leadership development, Building a Better World, and learning to adventure safely.  We are accepting applications for 2022.