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    BSA Arizona Mormon Battalion Trail Award

    The Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in United States military history, and it 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.

    Earn this patch by finding lingering trace evidence of this Historic American Trail. High Adventure provides older youth a unique setting to learn about their world and society. Many boys learn and grow more by doing things hands on in the outdoors.


    Arizona Mormon Battalion Trail Requirements
    1. Camp Overnight on the Trail
    2. Cook a meal on the Trail
    3. Hike at least 5 miles of the trail
    4. Do a Trail Related Service Project
    5. Troop participates in a Trail History Presentation.


    Arizona Mormon Battalion Trail Preparation

    During its service, the battalion made a grueling march nearly 2,000 miles long from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego. This route crossed through much of Southern Arizona when there were hardly any roads. The Arizona portion of the trek was also the sight of the Battalion's Battle of the Bulls.

    The battalion's march and service was instrumental in helping the US secure much of the American Southwest, including new lands in several Western states, especially the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 of much of southern Arizona. The march also opened a southern wagon route to California. Veterans of the battalion played significant roles in America's westward expansion in California, Utah, Arizona and other parts of the West.

    BSA Troop 560
    Mormon Battalion Trail Adventure


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    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.

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    Trek Detour #2
    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 in Arizona.


    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.

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    Trek Detour #4
    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 #5
    Arizona Butterfield Stage Trail

    This high adventure trail follows much of the route of the earlier Mormon Battalion Trail.

    The Overland Mail made two trips a week over a period of 2-1/2 years from 1857-1861. Each Monday and Thursday morning the stagecoach would leave Tipton and San Francisco on their cross continent, carrying passengers, freight and up to 12,000 letters. This hard driving stage ride took 22 days to cross from Missouri to California and crossed through much of Arizona.


    Trek Detour #6
    LDS / BSA Mormon Battalion Trail Award

    Other Councils have presented a number of variants of similar nature for this trail award. Also a good learning resource.


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Outdoor Trek Guide

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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