Activity: Cumulative Type Awards

Pacific Crest Trail San Diego Segments

San Diego - Imperial

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Complete a 15+ mile overnight backpack on any of the following San Diego County segments

Mount Pinos

Ventura County Council

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3” x 4”

The Basic patch can be earned by hiking from Camp Three Fallsvia Sheep Camp, Sawmill Mt. to Condor Observation Point at Mt. Pinos and return the same way back to camp. An overnight camp is required, and Sheep Camp is recommended. At Mt. Pinosa group picture must be taken.

Four Peaks Medal

Orange County

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Summit the four highest peaks in Southern California, earning the BSA High Adventure Awards for each.  The peaks include Mt. San Gorgonio (11,503'), Mt. San Bernardino (10,840'), Mt. San Jacinto (10,833'), and Mt. San Antonio (10,069').

Pacific Crest Trail Backpack - 15 Mile Footprint

San Diego - Imperial

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1'' x 2''

Earn this 15-mile segment for backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail after earning the PCT Backpacking Award.

Jim Hawkins Mountaineering Medal

Orange County

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This award was developed by Troop/Crew 1210 of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and honors Jim Hawkins, Chair of the LAAC High Adventure Team for over 30 years. The upper portion of the medal depicts Dusy Basin in King’s Canyon National Park and three creatures that inhabit the Sierra High Route: Yellow-bellied Marmot, Clark’s Nutcracker and Golden Trout. The lower portion shows the face of Mt. Whitney.

Mini-Peak Bagger Award

Greater Los Angeles

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3'' x 3''

This award program is designed to introduce Units to backcountry peak climbing. Units can earn the awards in the Southern California mountain regions that are within easy reach for one-day outings. It is hoped that the Unit will see mini-peak climbing as an opportunity to supplement its weekend or short-term backpacking program. Approved peaks have elevations of between 5,000 to 10,000 feet and require minimal off-trail or cross country hiking. 


A maximum of three peaks may be climbed for credit on a single outing; however, only two may be climbed on a single day. All eligible peaks are located in Southern California. An award is earned when 8, 16, and 24 (cumulative) different peaks from the approved list are climbed, and the other specific requirements are met.

Forest Saver Medal

Greater Los Angeles

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1½'' x 3''

This award program recognizes individual participation in forestry and associated construction and maintenance projects. This participation can be as part of a Unit service project or an Eagle project. There are three categories of projects 


There are three categories of projects: 

Campsite: campground or trail camp development, improvement, maintenance, and rehabilitation 


Wildlife: habitat restoration, browse-way improvement, construction and maintenance of feeders and waterers, etc. 


Forestry: plantation clearing, tree planting, tree thinning and pruning, etc..

Grand Canyon Trails Award

Grand Canyon

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Backpack a segment of the Grand Canyon.

Three Saints Award

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

Summit Mt San Antonio, Mt San Gorgonio, and Mt San Jacinto in the Southern California mountains.

San Bernardino Trails Award & Segments

Inland Empire

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Main Patch: 3 1/2'' x 3''; Segments: 3 1/2'' x 1''

Backpack one or more nights on each of these trail segments in the San Bernardino mountains.

National Forest Hiking Awards

Inland Empire

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Main Patch: 3½'' x 3''; Segments: 3 1/2'' x 1''

The former Old Baldy Council (presently CIEC) High Adventure Team developed this award for units who enjoy camping and exploring our national forests, but do not necessarily participate in backpacking.

Dick Jackson Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award is for those who have achieved 200 mile of hiking on local trails.

Basin & Range Trails

Las Vegas Area Council

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3½"

The award consists of Boulder Dam Area Council High Adventure Team round patch, featuring the official State Colors of the State of Nevada, and additional segments for specific areas in the Basin and Range Area. The round patch is ordered with the first segment earned and may not be awarded as an award unto itself.

High Sierra Trek Award

San Diego - Imperial

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8½'' x 5''

Complete 6 backpacking Treks which qualify for "High Sierra Segments" in 6 different areas of the 10 described in the High Sierra Segments in this chapter.

Camelback Awards

San Diego - Imperial

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Take a Backpack along any existing section of the California Riding & Hiking Trail in Southern California, in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park or in the Cleveland National Forest.

Peak Bagger Award

Greater Los Angeles

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Summit peaks above 10,000; earned in cumulative amounts of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25.

John Muir Award

Greater Los Angeles

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6'' x 2''; segments @ 3'' x 3/4''

Backpack 50 mile segments of the John Muir Trail.

Forest Saver Award

Greater Los Angeles

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5'' x 5''

This award program recognizes individual participation in forestry and associated construction and maintenance projects. This participation can be as part of a Unit service project or an Eagle project. 


There are three categories of projects There are three categories of projects: 


Campsite: campground or trail camp development, improvement, maintenance, and rehabilitation 


Wildlife: habitat restoration, browse-way improvement, construction and maintenance of feeders and waterers, etc. 


Forestry: plantation clearing, tree planting, tree thinning and pruning, etc..

Seven League Boot Award

Orange County

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Main Patch: 4'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 1'' x 1''

Cumulative hiking and backpacking award to recognize overall mileage achieved.

Bron Draganov Trailbuilding Honor Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

  1. Earn all five Trail Saver (30 hours total) and all five Forest Saver (30 hours total) High Adventure Awards of the Los Angeles Area Council or...

  2. Complete 30 hours of trailbuilding beyond the 30 hours for the Trail Saver Medal or...

  3. Complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project with Trail Boss Bron Draganov as your primary mentor and adviser.

San Gabriel Trails Award & Segments

Inland Empire

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Main Patch: 3½'' x 3''; Segments: 3½'' x 1''

Backpack one or more nights on each of these trail segments in the San Gabriel mountains.

San Gabriel Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Gabriel Trails Award.

Leave No Trace Award

Verdugo Hills Council

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4” Dia W/Segments

The purpose of this HAT Award is to assist Leaders in developing and fostering the principles of "Leave No Trace" in their Outdoor program. There are seven segments in the award and a center patch designed to create a deeper understanding of each of the seven Leave No Trace principles and to encourage Leaders to apply these principles to activities in the Outdoors. This award may be earned by Cub Scouts, Den Chiefs, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Brownies, Girls Scouts and appropriate Adult Leaders.



106-Miler Backpacking Medal

Orange County

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Backpack and hike 106 cumulative miles over the course of multiple scouting events.  


The purpose of this medal is to motivate scouts who are relatively early in their scouting career with backpacking & hiking.  Mileage over the course of several trips quickly adds up, and before too long a scout will be able to proudly wear this "bling" on their uniform.  


Why 106 miles?  It is half the distance of the iconic John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, symbolizing the scout's achievement and also the fact that many more adventures still await!

High Sierra Segment

San Diego - Imperial

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1'' x 3'' segments

This is an indicator patch to show where a High Adventure Backpack Award was earned and so may be earned in conjunction with any High Sierra Backback Award.

Lyle N. Whited Hiking Award

Greater Los Angeles

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4'' x 3''

In September 1990, the Parents’ Committee of Troop 211, Torrance, CA, decided to create a special award to recognize the diverse, year-round High Adventure program that the Troop had experienced over the prior 20-plus years. As Lyle Whited had served as Assistant Scoutmaster/Hikemaster for over half that period, it also decided to put his name on it. For a number of years, this award was only offered to members of that Unit and of the local District. The LAAC-HAT is now making it available to anyone who has met its requirements.

High Sierra Trail Award

Greater Los Angeles

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6'' x 2''; segments @ 3'' x 2''

Backpack segments of the West - East High Sierra Trail between Sequoia National Park and Mt. Whitney.

Trailsaver Awards

Greater Los Angeles

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3'' x 3''

These awards were developed by the LAAC, in concert with the USDA-FS, to promote Unit participation in forest and trail conservation and construction projects. The initial award program, TrailSaver, was adopted in 1982 as a special activity to be offered for two years. It proved so successful that it was made permanent and has led to the adoption of a second award program, ForestSaver. All conservation work must have the prior approval as to what, where, when, and how from the proper USDA-Forest Service representative, or administrator for a location other than a National Forest. All work must be done under the direction of a person, typically a Trail Boss, assigned by that representative. 


Awards in these programs are earned when the participant performs 6,12,18, 24, and 30 hours of LAAC-HAT approved conservation work. Unit Leadership must also satisfy these General Requirements for the outing

Backpacker and Advanced Backpacker Awards

Greater Los Angeles

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4'' diameter

This award recognizes those persons who have earned a longterm backpacking award and have performed LAAC-HAT approved conservation work in the same calendar year.

High Low Award

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

Climb and summit Mt. Whitney in addition to camping in Death Valley and visiting Bad Water Basin, the lowest point in the United States.

Wilderness Slot Canyoneering Award

Orange County

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Main Patch: 3'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 3'' x 1''

Successfully complete a slot canyoneering trek.

Hiking Activity Award

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2'' patches

These awards were developed to encourage beginning hiking activities with advancement. They promote hiking and environmental awareness. The hikes can be completed within a day or over a weekend.

San Bernardino Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Bernardino Trails Award.