Historic Trails Award

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Historic Trails Award

This patch is not worn on the uniform
but may be worn on a jacket or patch vest or placed on
blankets, backpacks, or other personal equipment.
Level:Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts


"The Historic Trails Award is an award that may be earned by members of a Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, or Venturing crew for hiking a trail listed in Nationally Approved Historic Trails and completing a project related to the trail."

Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and leaders are eligible to earn this award.

It is presented as a cloth (No. 00187) or leather (No. 00243) Boy Scout and Scouter, equipment decoration. . The award is not worn on the uniform. It may be worn on a jacket or patch vest or placed on blankets, backpacks, or other personal equipment.

See the Historic Trails Program/50-Miler Award Application, No. 34408.

Historic Trails 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. To obtain a trail listing, contact the Outdoor Programs/Properties Department at 972-580-7889.)
  2. Hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site. Options include an area hotel or the home of other Scouts.
  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 an event should be large enough to merit coverage by the local press.

Your unit leader must then file the Historic Trails Award application with your local council service center.

Note: Only chartered units may apply for this award. This award does not apply if any other BSA award is available for this trip.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #Not at scoutstuff.org 3Feb2018)

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