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ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR CONTROLLING THE HIGH COSTS OF HIGH ADVENTURE? With every money-earning project in our troop, participating Scouts get 50 percent of what the troop raises placed in their personal Scouting accounts. They can use that for buying equip- ment or paying for Scouting-related activities. And you have to realize that you don’t need the latest, fanciest gear. Entry-level gear will work just as well.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR DIFFERENT CLIMATES AND TERRAINS? This can take the form of preparation meetings, where you show which gear is needed and how to use it. Or try a gear shake- down, where you make sure all the necessary gear has been packed.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE SCOUTS OR ADULT LEADERS WHO AREN’T IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE? Sometimes you have to make a tough call on who should opt out because of their fitness level and the challenge of the activity. For some, it may be a wake-up call for a lifestyle change. But it needs to be handled delicately and with respect.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE A GROUP OF YOUNG CANCER SURVIVORS TO PHILMONT? Being faced with a life- threatening disease makes you rethink your priorities and appreciate the important things in life. It’s my vision to provide the opportunity for young cancer survivors to answer these ques- tions for themselves, if they have not done so already. Many cancer survivor services provide hope and discussion groups for ways to cope, but none that I have found are in an outdoor envi- ronment. ¿

Go the Distance

Award recognizes hikers, bikers, and boaters who rack up the big Five-O.

MOST PEOPLE THINK nothing of traveling 50 miles by car, bus, or plane. But 50 miles on foot? That’s another story—and just the sort of achievement the 50-Miler Award recognizes. Scouts can earn this colorful award by completing 50-mile, five-day treks by several nonmotor- ized means.

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE 50-MILER AWARD? The award seeks to stimulate interest in Scouting ideals and promote activities that improve personal fitness, self- reliance, knowledge of the outdoors, and understanding of conservation.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 50-MILER AWARD? Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Scout leaders.

WHAT CONSTITUTES A QUALI- FYING TRIP? A chartered unit or provisional group might organize a trip, usually a high-adventure trek. The unit must make a complete plan for the trip that includes possibilities for advancement. The group must cover a trail (or a canoe or boat route) of

not less than 50 consecutive miles and take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip—all without the aid of motors. During the trip, each partici- pant must spend at least 10 hours working on a conser- vation project such as trail maintenance.

TEN HOURS OF SERVICE SEEMS LIKE A LOT. IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE? If it’s not possible to complete the service requirement during the trip, you can do a similar project in your home area. This is how Philmont crews can complete the 50-Miler Award, because they do only three hours of service during their treks and an additional seven hours later.

WHAT MEANS OF TRANS- PORTATION CAN WE USE ON OUR TRIP? The award covers hiking, bicycling, boating, and canoeing. Pack animals may be used where appro- priate, but requirements prohibit the use of motors.


HOW DO WE APPLY FOR THE 50-MILER AWARD? Complete the 50-Miler Award appli- cation (No. 34408A) and submit it to your local Scout council service center. Find an application at filestore/pdf/34408.pdf.

WHO APPROVES THE AWARD? The unit leader or provi- sional group leader signs the application, which is then submitted to the local Scout council service center for final approval.

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE? Recognition items include a decal (No. 32261), an embroidered patch (No. 191), a leather patch (No. 241), and a hiking-staff medallion (No. 14131). The leader should order recognition items when submitting the application.

ARE THE 50-MILER AWARD PATCHES APPROVED FOR UNIFORM WEAR? No, but you may affix the patches to a patch blanket, backpack, or tent. You can also place award decals on canoes, paddles, and plaques. ¿

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