lesson video links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
The Troop Hiking Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.
Hiking is a popular Merit Badge and an option for Eagle Scout. -
|The Hiking requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.|
|Hiking merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||061|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2001/2007|
- The BSA Hiking Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Hiking as one of your monthly themes.
- Hiking merit badge is an option for Eagle Scout (requirement 3.j.).
- All Scouts should consider starting Hiking merit badge immediately upon joining a Boy Scout troop for the following reasons:
- The first four requirements are relatively easy for most Scouts. Completing these allows you to work on requirements 5 and 6.
- The following is a direct quote from the requirements:
- In other words, if you go ahead and knock out the first four requirements early, you'll be able use later hikes to kill two birds with one stone.
- This is an Eagle required merit badge. It generally takes a long time to earn so the faster you get started, the earlier you'll get done.
1. First aid: Hypothermia - Heatstroke - Heat Exhaustion - Frostbite - Dehydration - Sunburn - Sprained Ankle - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Snakebite - Blisters - Hyperventilation - Altitude Sickness
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
- Hiking Links: Leave No Trace - Essentials - Amer. Hiking Soc.: Safety - Food - Cold - Myths - Footwear -
- REI: Compass - Day Hike - Food - Hydration - Insects - Layering - Lightweight - Navigation - Rain - Socks - Sun - Hot/Cold
3. A blank conditioning plan is in the Hiking Worksheet.
4-5. Blank 10-mile Hike Plans are in the Hiking Worksheet.
6. A blank 20-mile Hike Plan is in the Hiking Worksheet.
7. A blank report is in the Hiking Worksheet.
- Outdoor Skills Awards
|General Merit Badge information
- Backpacker Magazine
- Hiking First Aid Tips
- Rails to Trails Converted railroad routes throughout the country.
- From REI
- Health Risks: Sun, Bugs, Plants
- Breaking in New Hiking Boots
- Compasses: A Note About Declination
- Conditioning for Backpacking
- Energy Foods
- First-Aid Kits
- Food Handling/Storage
- Food Organizing Tips
- Geocaching: One Man's Story
- GPS: How to Use
- Hiking Boots
- Hydration Pack
- Hygiene and Sanitation in the Backcountry
- Insect Repellent
- Lightweight Hiking
- If You Become Lost
- Minimum-Impact Travel
- Navigation Basics: Map and Compass
- Personal Locator Beacons
- Menu Planning
- Staying on Course
- Sun-Protection Clothing
- Temperature Extremes
- The Ten Essentials
- Trailhead Security
- Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs
- Water Bottles
- Water Treatment: Backcountry
- Water Treatment: International
- Weather Basics
- Wool Clothing