Activity: Special

Scouting Spirit

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

This is a very special award. To earn it, two (2) separate scout troops, one traditional and one handicapped, work together on an outdoor activity. Since members of both units will contribute, they will each earn the same award.

High Adventure Trip Driver

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3½“ x 4½“ w/SEGMENTS

The High Adventure Trip Driver Award was established to recognize those adults who spend many hours behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, safely getting the participants to and from High Adventure activities.


The Award is a basic Red Decal with 1000, 2500, 5000, 7500 mile, Red Corner-Decals, and a 10,000 mile Golden Decal indicating miles driven to help Units, Districts, or Councils achieve successful High Adventure trips.

Disaster Conservation

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

Designed to recognize those Cubs, Scout and Venturer Units who participate in the recovery action after a disaster or state of emergency so officially declared by any city, county, state or government agency.

Whale Watcher

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA

This award is for encouraging Scouts to understand our environment with special emphasis on whales.

High Adventure First Aid

Verdugo Hills Council

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3” X 3”

Complete the Verdugo Hill’s Council 60 hour High Adventure First Aid Course.

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.

Jim Spencer Conservation Award

Greater Los Angeles

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22'' x 2''

This is a unit award, granted when members of the Unit perform 1000, 2000, and 5000 cumulative hours of on-site work on USDA-Forest Service approved conservation projects.

Backcountry Leadership Award

Orange County

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4'' x 6''

The purpose of this award is to recognize older scouts who serve in a leadership capacity to younger scouts during a long-term High Adventure backpack (minimum 6 days and 5 nights).

HAT Outstanding Service Award

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

This award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the High Adventure Program by Scouts, Scouters or other supporters.

BSA Rocketeer Award

Orange County

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7'' x 1 3/4''

Build, launch and successfully recover (so that the rocket can be launched again the same day...or, if minimal damage, can be repaired on site to launch again) a model rocket.

Soaring Award

Inland Empire

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3'' Diameter

Take an orientation or instructional flight in a sailplane with a licensed glider pilot or flight instructor.

Scout/Webelow Weekend

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award is designed to promote a better Pack-Troop relationship, and promote Cub interest and awareness in the Boy Scout program. The award provides interaction and preparation for the transition from Webelos to Scouts. The activity will be a planning/teaching experience for the Scouts, and a learning/doing experience for the Webelos - and an educational experience for the adults.

National Resource Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

Complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of conservation work on any public 

lands (Lands under any government agency control). Hours may be accumulated over periods of time.


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.

Tom Marrs Urban Award

Verdugo Hills Council

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2” X 2”

This award has been developed in honor of Thomas Marrs, Eagle Scout and respected long-time leader and teacher of high adventure. He often noted: "High Adventure is any event or trip away from the regular meeting place!" and felt it was important for Scouts to develop an understanding of their local community and its history.

Anti-Litter

Los Padres Council

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3"

This is an individual award offered to a boy who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of his Scoutmaster and to the High Adventure Team of Mission Council that he has satisfactorily lived up to the Outdoor Code and met the requirements of this award for a period of at least twelve (12) months.

Jim Hawkins Mountaineering Medal

Greater Los Angeles

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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.

Top Roping Honor Award

Orange County

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4'' Diameter

Participate in 3 separate unit climbing outings in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP).

Nothing Peak Bagger Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

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.

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.

Easter Break Science Trek

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Participate in a unit outdoor outing over Easter Break that involves camping and/or backpacking and/or sailing/boating, while at the same time working on activity badges, merit badges, Venturing Awards and/or STEM/NOVA Awards Program that involve subjects in the natural and/or physical sciences, engineering and health sciences. Completion of all the requirements during the outing is not necessary.

Orange County Historic Trail Award

Orange County

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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.

Ghost Chasers Historic Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award was established to lead young and old of scouting to the scenes and towns of the early west. Many ghost towns and historic sites are within a day or two drive from Southern California. Why not do something exciting and fun? Relive the good old days of the past.

Grunion Run

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA.

This award is for encouraging Scouts to become aware of Nature's unique events in Southern California.

180 Degree Club

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA.

Established for those participants engaged in a high adventure trip of 3 days or more that: Due to mother nature creating such a disturbance that adult leaders using good sound judgment turned back or took an escape route to eliminate possible danger to the participants and were not able to complete the requirements to earn the original award.

Patrick Aubuchon Conservation Award

Verdugo Hills Council

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2” X 2”

This award was developed in honor of Patrick Aubuchon, long-time leader and teacher of high adventure. He introduced many Scouts and leaders to backpacking, conservation and trail boss activities, and was awarded the BSA's William T Hornaday Gold Medal.


Earn either the Dinkey Lakes Loop Trail Award or the Silver Fir Trail Award, and make a presentation about outdoor ethics and the HornadayAward.

Trail Angels Award

Orange County

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4'' diameter

Recognize scouts and scouters who aid hikers or backpackers with food, supplies, or general support over the course of a multi-day hike.


The award is specifically modeled after "Trail Angels" who aid long distance thru hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, etc, with water, food, and supplies.


Additionally, the award is intended to recognize scouts and scouters who play an active role in providing logistical aid in support of a multi-day activity (e.g.: performing water drops for a desert backpacking trek, etc).


Master Trailbuilder

Greater Los Angeles

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1'' x 1½''

This award is presented to Scouters by the Forest/Trail Conservation Committee for continued service to the conservation programs of the USFS and the LAAC-HAT. It is not a matter of meeting a set of requirements, but of dedication to conservation. Jim Spencer was the initial recipient of this award, having set the standard for all of us

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.

John Muir Trail Medal

Orange County

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Through-trek the John Muir Trail, either from north (Happy Isles) to south (Whitney Portal), or from south to north, in one continuous 212 mile backpacking trek.

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.

Christmas Conservation Corps

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Participate in a “substantial” trail building or conservation project over Christmas Break (or in the month of December), of at least 6 hours work. The definition of ‘substantial” is left to the judgment of the unit leadership, but should be something more than trash pick-up.

Home Town Historic Sites

Inland Empire

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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.

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