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AWARDS FAQs A Walk to Remember

Historic Trails Award honors Scouts, Scouters who bring history to life.

IT MUST BE A CHALLENGE TO BE A THREE-HOUR DRIVE FROM THE COUNCIL OFFICE. Getting supplies from the council office is definitely a challenge. Nobody can do last- minute advancements.

SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SUB- MITTING ADVANCEMENT REPORTS AND PICKING UP BADGES? I do most things through Internet advance- ment. Also, we have a Philmont ride board because people are traveling all over the place; sometimes we can get stuff picked up for us from the Scout Shop in Albuquerque so we don’t have to pay shipping.

WHAT OTHER CHALLENGES DOES DISTANCE CAUSE? Things like roundtables exist, but it’s a chal- lenge to travel to get to the events.

SO HOW DO YOU GET YOUR LEADERS TRAINED? We have had some formal training, but it’s really just among ourselves. We’ve tried to make a big effort this year with online training.

SO WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNITS THAT AREN’T RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST SCOUT CAMP? We have this incred- ible partnership with Philmont, but I know from talking to other volunteers that there are so many other potential partners out there. They just have to be asked. They’re willing to donate their time and money and energy to kids. ¿

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SOME OF THE MOST memo- rable hikes Scouts take explore history, whether that means tracing the steps of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb at Gettysburg, hiking part of the Oregon Trail or visiting a historic site in their own community. The Historic Trails Award recognizes youth and adult leaders who not only explore history but also share it with other people.

WHY HAVE A HISTORIC TRAILS AWARD? The award is designed to foster an appreciation of the ideals, principles and traditions that have helped make our country strong. It also con- nects Scouts with a local historical society or associa- tion, pointing them toward opportunities for further exploration of history.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?Members of the unit must plan and participate in a historical activity involving either a historic trail or a historic site. Specifically, they must: (1) locate and study a his- toric trail or site, (2) hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or near the site, and (3) work with an adult group, like a historical society, to restore and mark all or part of the trail or site.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? It varies for dif- ferent trails. In most cases, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and adult leaders are eligible.

ARE THERE NATIONALLY APPROVED HISTORIC TRAILS? Yes. More than 300 trails have been approved. The BSA recommends that hikers use only the historic trails that have been nation- ally approved.


WHAT IF THE TRAIL OR SITEDOESN’TNEEDTOBE RESTORED ORMARKED? As an alternative, the unit may work with the adult group to plan and stage a histori- cal pageant, ceremony or other public event related to the trail or site. The event should be of sufficient scope to merit coverage by the local press.

A NATIONAL PARK IN OUR COUNCIL HAS A DESIGNATED HISTORIC TRAIL. DOES HIKING IT COUNT FOR THIS AWARD? Only if your unit also studies the trail and either works on the trail or conducts an event related to it.


WHAT RECOGNITION ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE? Individuals who complete the award may receive an embroidered emblem (No. 188) and/or a leather patch (No. 244). Many of the approved trails also offer a patch or medal for completing the trail. These can be purchased from the host council.

IS EITHER RECOGNITION ITEMAPPROVED FOR UNIFORMWEAR? No. The recognition items are intended for display on things like tents, backpacks and patch blankets.


WHO APPROVES THE AWARD? The unit leader submits the Historic Trails Award application to the local council service center for approval. ¿

FIND AN APPLICATION for the Historic Trails Award (No. 34408) at

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