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50 Miler Trek Award
BSA 50 Miler Award
Afoot or Afloat
The 50-Miler Award is presented to each qualifying individual for satisfactory participation in an approved trip. In order to qualify for the award the group of which the individual is a member must fulfill all of the following requirements.
50 Miler Requirements
1. Make complete and satisfactory plans for the trip, including the possibilities of advancement.
2. Cover the trail or canoe or boat route of not less than 50 consecutive miles; take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip without the aid of motors. (In some areas pack animals may be used.)
3. During the time on the trail or waterway, complete a minimum of 10 hours each of group work on projects to improve the trail, springs, campsite, portage, or area. If, after checking with recognized authorities, it is not possible to complete 10 hours each of group work on the trail, a similar project may be done in the unit's home area. (There should be no unauthorized cutting of brush or timber.)
4. Unit or tour leader must then file a 50-Miler Award application with the local council service center. This application gives additional details about planning the trip.
50 Miler Preparation
50 Miler Award Application - required to file with your local council
Tour Plan Application - a council approved tour plan is required.
General Requirements - mandatory basic rules for all BSA High Adventure Treks.
BSA Safe Swim Rules should be reviewed an important preperation for float trips
BSA Swim Test - participants for this activity should be able to comfortably complete this test a few days before hand for any float trips
BSA Safe Hiking Rules - required review for all hiking activities.
Trek Detour #1
Historic Trails Award
Many councils feature local Historic Trail Awards which can easily be earned in conjunction this award. To earn this award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity.
Trek Detour #2
Coastline Trail Route
For easy 50 mile route you may want to consider an oceanfront or lakefront route. Many would have fewer obstacles, height changes and more camping opportunities. Also many abandoned raillines are now being converted into long distance hiking trails.
Trek Detour #3
Trail Service Project
Currently a popular Eagle Service Project is the construction of a trailhead information kiosk. Park rangers love this type of project as they need a station to properly inform trail visitors as to trail conditions, publish park/trail rules & policies. A kiosk is needed at nearly every trail entry point.
Trek Detour #4
Trash Station Service Project
Here is an Eagle Service Project desperately needed for remote campsites along the nation's waterways. Many boaters and campers have dump their waste along the shoreline. Many shoreline campsites are turning into filthy dumps.
The way to remedy this is provide a trash station, bolted to the ground. Add a sign to explain Leave No Trace. Leave a batch of trash liners in the bottom of each can and challenge every visitor to haul out a trash bag. Future scout troops can drop off a new supply of trash liners.
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