Award Type: Medals

Golden Boot Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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1½“ x 3”

Complete an approved Long Term trip consisting of a minimum of:

a. 25 scheduled backpacking hours on the trail.

b. 6 nights and 5 days on the trail.

c. Carrying all food and equipment needed for trek on back. (No pack animals or food drops).


El Camino Real Medal

San Diego - Imperial

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Take a hike of at least 15 miles (or 7-1/2 hours scheduled back pack time) along the El Camino Real.

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

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

Ho-Ho-Kam Trail Medal

Grand Canyon

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1½'' x 3''

Approximately 30 miles long. Plan at least three (3) days. The trail runs from Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp to the top of Mt. Bigelow, traversing almost 5,000 vertical feet in elevation. This is about the same as climbing in and out of the Grand Canyon.

San Gabriel Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Gabriel Trails Award.

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!

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.

Trail Boss Service Pin

Greater Los Angeles

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½'' x 1''

This award is given to Scouters by the Forest/Trail Conservation Committee of the LAACHAT. It is earned when the Scouter accomplishes the following tasks.

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..

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.

San Bernardino Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Bernardino Trails Award.

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').

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.

Silver Moccasins Medal

Greater Los Angeles

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1'' x 1''

This award challenges the backpacker to help construct and maintain the trails on which he/she hikes. It is a unique privilege to hang these Silver Moccasins, when attached to a leather thong, from the right pocket button of the Scout shirt.

Grand Canyon Trails Medal

Grand Canyon

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1½'' x 3''

Complete the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim backpacking trek.

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.

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