Learn the skills you need to take your scouts into the wild with confidence.
The course is organized around three components:
1. Classroom session focused on deep content (Friday evening / Saturday)
2. "In the field" map & compass day hike
3. Overnight backpacking trek with fellow classmates & a HAT Instructor
Low Impact Camping
Places To Go
Camps & Parks Guide
Map & Compass
Putting It All Together
John's Meadow, San Gorgonio Wilderness
Dick Jackson Award
Western Los Angeles County Council
3” x 3”
This award is for those who have achieved 200 mile of hiking on local trails.
106-Miler Backpacking Medal
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!
Mini-Peak Bagger Award
Greater Los Angeles
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.
Pike Hike Award
3½“ x 3½“
This award was developed by Mr. David Simon of Troop 67 to celebrate the rich history of downtown Long Beach and its “Pike” waterfront amusement park.
Mt San Bernardino Peak
2'' x 2''
Summit Mt. San Bernardino Peak (10,649').
Santiago Peak Award
Summit Santiago Peak
White Mountain Award
Summit White Mountain Peak in the White Mountain range east of the Sierras.
Mt San Antonio Peak Award
2'' x 2''
This award requires three separate hikes of 10 to 16 miles each and includes climbing at least three peaks over 8000'.
Hiking Activity Award
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.
National Outdoor Awards
3" x 3"
The five National Outdoor Badges recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who demonstrates both knowledge and experience in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, or adventure. Scouts earning the National Outdoor badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.
Four Peaks Medal
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').
Oak Creek - Sedona Rim Hikes Award
7'' x 7'' w/ segments
Sedona Rim country is a unique and beautiful area with many rugged canyons, forested slopes and isolated plateaus and mesas. Most hikes in these areas are best as day hikes and lend themselves to small groups (groups of 10 or less). Several hikes can be overnight trips.
Los Fierros Award
4'' x 3''
This award was developed by Mr. David Bridges of Troop 209 to promote interest in Long Beach history.
Seven League Boot Award
Main Patch: 4'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 1'' x 1''
Cumulative hiking and backpacking award to recognize overall mileage achieved.
Mount Whitney Day Trek Award
Summit Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevadas.
Three Saints Award
4'' x 3''
Summit Mt San Antonio, Mt San Gorgonio, and Mt San Jacinto in the Southern California mountains.
Orange County Historic Trail Award
This award was created to highlight the history of Scouting in Orange County by connecting the OCBSA properties of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) and the Newport Sea Base with a day hike or bike hike trail.
National Forest Hiking Awards
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.
Santa Barbara Historical Trail
Los Padres Council
The Historic Trail was initiated in 1990. The trail is designed to present to its participants the historical significance and natural beauty of the San Luis Obispo County area. The trail is divided into two primary sites: SAN LUIS OBISPO and SAN MIGUEL -- approximately 40 miles apart. The San Luis Obispo walk is the "PATH OF HISTORY" with 19 points of interest. The San Miguel tour includes the SAN MIGUEL MISSION and the RIOS-CALEDONIA ADOBE. The trail is suitable for Tigers, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. The award is open to all registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.
El Camino Real Medal
San Diego - Imperial
Take a hike of at least 15 miles (or 7-1/2 hours scheduled back pack time) along the El Camino Real.
Corn Springs Award
3½“ x 3½“
This award was developed by Mr. John Giese of Troop 67 to promote interest in Native American and prospecting history at Corn Spring in the Chuckwalla Mountains.
Mt. Baden Powell
2'' x 2''
Climb to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell (9,399 ft.)
High Low Award
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.
Telescope Peak Award
Summit Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.
Nothing Peak Bagger Award
This award is earned by Scouting units who plan and attempt to bag a peak, but for safety considerations turn back due to inclement weather, high water and/or snow, hazardous terrain or unanticipated illness or injury, among other safety reasons.
Home Town Historic Sites
3'' x 3''
Plan and complete a hike of at least five (5) miles on foot or fifteen (15) miles by bicycle which includes a visit to at least 3” x 3” five (5) of the historic sites on your list.