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    BSA Historic Trails Award

    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.

    Reports from many units indicate that these societies have been eager to offer their cooperation by

    • Suggesting trails or sites that are suitable for unit historic activities and exploration
    • Providing units with historic information about the trails or sites
    • Offering guidance to units during restoration and marking projects
    • Financing the cost of materials used by units for restoration and marking projects
    • Staging historic pageants and ceremonies with unit participation
    • Directing public attention to unit historic activities through newspapers, television, and radio

    Award Requirements
    To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity. A unit historic activity requires members to:
    1. Locate a historic trail or site and study information relating to it. (The information may be obtained from an adult historic society, public library, or people living near the trail or site.)
    2. Hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site.
    3. Cooperate with an adult group such as a historic society to restore and mark all or part of this trail or site. (This may be done during the hike or overnight camp.) Or cooperate with such a group to plan and stage a historic pageant, ceremony, or other public event related to this trail or site - such event should be large enough to merit coverage by the local press.
    4. Your unit leader must then file the Historic Trails Award application with your council service center.

    Historic Trails Preparation

    Extra Credit

    American Heritage Merit Badge

    Exploring historic American trails is a key requirement of this merit badge. A better understanding of American heritage, the ways in which the past has lead to our present nation, is key to truly knowing what it means to be an American.

    Backpacking Merit Badge

    By mastering the basics of backpacking, Scouts will develop an even deeper respect for the outdoors.


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    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.


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    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.


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Based on experiences of millions of Scouts and leaders, this book holds essential information for every outdoor enthusiast. A comprehensive reference, this handbook includes sections on trek, preparation and adventures, appreciating our environment, and more.

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