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Mormon Battalion Trail Award
Mormon Battalion Trail Award
BSA / LDS High Adventure Tour
The Mormon Battalion Trail Award is a BSA High Adventure Award. It was the only religiously based unit in US Army history passed through southern Arizona blazing new roads for future generations while securing the new territory for a growing county. Earn this patch by finding lingering trace evidence of this Historic American Trail.
The Battalion served from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War (although some members re-enlisted for another year). The battalion was a volunteer unit of about 550 Latter-day Saints men led by Mormon company officers, commanded by regular US army officers.
To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity. A unit historic activity requires members to:
Mormon Battalion Trail Preparation
Mormon Battalion Trail Award - San Diego Imperial Council Trail Award Guide
Tour Plan Application - a council approved tour plan is required.
LDS BSA Mormon Trail Guide - another variant of this trail award - lots of background info.
BSA Safe Hiking Rules - required review for all hiking activities.
General Requirements - mandatory basic rules for all BSA High Adventure Treks.
Trek Detour #1
BSA 50 Miler Award
Most historic trail routes also provide an opportunity to earn this coveted high adventure award. This journey can be done hiking or kayaking must cover 50 miles in 5 consecutive days.
Trek Detour #2
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.
BSA Historic Trails Award
Trek Detour #3
The Historic Trails Award provides an opportunity to learn about our country's important history. Each scout council has a list of historic trails in their area, many with their own customized patch.
This activity emphasize cooperation between historic societies and Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturer units. A unit should establish a close relationship a local society as soon as possible when planning a historic activity - most communities have such societies.
Mormon Battalion Visitors Center
Trek Detour #4 / Camp & Tour
Camp overnight at the BSA Camp Balboa or Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center and then plot a five mile hike across Old Town San Diego to this museum operated by the LDS Church. There are a lot of fun exhibits here specific to the Mormon Battalion. Old Town has other museums that feature exhibits from this time period.
Mormon Battalion Festival - Held last saturday in January at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Feature cannon firing, military parade and camp life living history exhibits.
Trek Detour #5
Mormon Battalion Association
This group would relish an opportunity to make a special presentation to your Scout Troop about the history of the Mormon Battalion.
Mormon Battalion Historic Sites
Trek Detour #6
Battalion History Project
Did you have a relative that served in the Mormon Battalion? Volunteers are needed to document the history of each member for posterity. Visit Familypedia: Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion and submit a historical biography for one or more soldiers today.
Trek Detour #7
Local Battalion Trail Awards
Various Other Councils have a modified version of this trail award that is specific to their area:
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