Location:  San Bernardino Mountains

Far Western Adventure

Los Padres Council

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3"

Take a long term backpack trip anywhere EXCEPT 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.

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.

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.

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.

San Bernardino Trails Award & Segments

Inland Empire

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Main Patch: 3 1/2'' x 3''; Segments: 3 1/2'' x 1''

Backpack one or more nights on each of these trail segments in the San Bernardino mountains.

San Bernardino Trails Medal

Inland Empire

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Earn all segments of the San Bernardino 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 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.

Golden Bighorn Trek Award

Greater Los Angeles

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3'' x 3''

Complete 5+ day backpack on the Santa Ana River Trail around Barton Flats, then back through the San Gorgonio Wildernes to Angles Oaks.

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.

Mt San Bernardino Peak

Inland Empire

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2'' x 2''

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

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 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.

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.

Tahquitz Trails Award

Long Beach

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3'' x 3''

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

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.

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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