Location:  San Gabriel Mountains

Far Western Adventure

Los Padres Council

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3"

Take a long term backpack trip anywhere EXCEPT the Sierras.

Pacific Crest Trail Trailbuilding

San Diego - Imperial

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3'' x 3''

Complete 6 hours of actual trail construction, repair or maintenance in 1 or more days on the PCT or its feeders.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Gabrielino Award

Greater Los Angeles

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3'' x 3''

This award was designed for a 3+ day backpacking trek anywhere on the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail, that goes from Chantry Flats to Windsor Drive, Altadena.

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.

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.

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 Backpacking Award

San Diego - Imperial

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3'' x 3''

Take a Backpack along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (P.C.T.) as shown in the latest trail description or maps of the U.S. Forest Service.

Silver Moccasins Trail Award

Greater Los Angeles

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4'' x 4''

Backpack the 50 mile Silver Moccasins Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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 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'.

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.

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