Activity: Peak Bagging & Climbing

Cottonwood Lakes/ Horseshoe Meadow Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA

This award consists of a main patch and six rockers. The main patch must be earned first and the rockers are earned in pairs of the pass and the corresponding peak. The uniqueness of the peak awards is based around the lack of defined trails to the peaks. There is considerable skill and knowledge of the territory/ environment required to achieve these awards. The base elevation is around 10,000 feet and all the appropriate high altitude preparations must be made. This award can be earned retroactively (2000) and over a period of 5 years for the rockers.


Cottonwood Lakes/ Horseshoe Meadow award is earned by camping a minimum of 2 nights and hiking a minimum of 10 miles. A combination of nights is allowed at either camping location. Treks to the peaks can be used for the mileage requirement on the main patch

Dinkey Loops Trail

Verdugo Hills Council

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4” x 4”

Backpack the Dinkey Lakes Loop over the course of 5+ days in the Western Sierras.  Trailhead location is near Shaver Lake, east of Fresno/Clovis.

National Outdoor Awards

National Council

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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.

Mt. Langley Award

Orange County

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4'' diameter

Summit Mt. Langley (14,026') as part of a backpacking trek through the Sierras.

Mt. San Gorgonio Award

San Diego - Imperial

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2'' x 2''

Complete a backpack climb of 2 or 3 consecutive days with one night's camp at least 3 miles from the trailhead and at an elevation of over 9,000 feet.

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.

3Ts Trail

Inland Empire

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3'' x 3''

Backpack and summit Timber peak (8303'), Telegraph peak (8985'), and Thunder peak (8587') in the Cucagmonga Wilderness.

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).

Santiago Peak Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

Summit Santiago Peak

White Mountain Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit White Mountain Peak in the White Mountain range east of the Sierras.

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.

San Jacinto 50 Award

Inland Empire

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3'' x 3''

Backpack 50+ miles in the San Jacinto Wilderness.  Must also summit Black Mountain, San Jacinto Peak, and Tahquitz Peak.

San Bernardino Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Bernardino Trails Award.

14.495' Club Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

Summit Mt. Whitney via a minimum 3 day, 2 night backpacking trek.

Monarch Trail

Southern Sierra Council

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2½“ x 2½“

Backpack 6-9 days, approximately 50 miles from Onion Valley west over Kearsarge Pass. Then South over Forester Pass, following the John Muir Trail to Trails Crest. (Mt. Whitney may be part of this trip also). Continue from Trail Crest to Whitney Portal. The route may be reversed, but is more strenuous.

50 Miles Afoot or Afloat

National Council

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3" x 4"

The 50-Miler Award is presented to each qualifying individual for satisfactory participation in an approved trip. In order to qualify for the award the group of which the individual is a member must fulfill all of the following requirements.

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').

Rock Climbing LAAC Award

Greater Los Angeles

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2'' x 2''

This award is offered to stimulate the development of skills and in appreciation of climbing beyond those required to earn the Climbing merit badge. This award may be earned by Cub, Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers as noted.

Broken Arrow Award

Long Beach

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4'' x 3''

This award is sponsored by the Tribe of Tahquitz to promote long-term backpacking in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

9 Peaks Honor Award

Inland Empire

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3½“ x 4½“

Climb the "Nine Peaks" of the San Gorgonio Massif in the following order: San Gorgonio (11,502'), Jepson (11,201'), Little Charlton (10,676'), Charlton (10,815'), Alta Diablo (10,430'), Shield's (10,701'), Anderson (10,864'), San Bernardino East (10,691'), and San Bernardino (10,624'). The trip may be done from San Bernardino peak to San Gorgonio peak if desired. There is no maximum time for the trip. However, it must be done as a single trip with no resupply.

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.

Mount Whitney Day Trek Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevadas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mount Whitney Trail

Southern Sierra Council

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2½“ x 2½“"

Backpack 3-4 days, approximately 25 miles starting at Whitney Portal, going up the Mt. Whitney Trail past Mirror Lake to Trails Crest and out North to the summit of Mt. Whitney. Return same route or by Consultation Lake to Whitney Portal.

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.

Mt. San Jacinto Award

San Diego - Imperial

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2'' x 2''

Complete a backpack of 2 or 3 consecutive days with at least one night's camp at Little Round Valley, Round Valley, Tamarack Valley or the Summit.

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.

Mt. Baden Powell

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2''

Climb to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell (9,399 ft.)

Mt San Bernardino Peak

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2''

Summit Mt. San Bernardino Peak (10,649').

Boy Scout Trail Award

Orange County

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5'' Diameter

Through-trek the Boy Scout Trail in Joshua Tree National Park from Indian Cove (2,840 feet) to Keys West (4,040 feet), approximately 8 miles, camping for one night just past the halfway point and camping west of the trail.

Telescope Peak Award

Orange County

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5'' Diameter

Summit Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.

Eagle Scout Peak Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit Eagle Scout Peak in the Sierra backcountry.

Mt San Antonio Peak Award

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2''

This award requires three separate hikes of 10 to 16 miles each and includes climbing at least three peaks over 8000'.

San Gabriel Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Gabriel Trails Award.

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