Learn the skills you need to take your scouts into the wild with confidence.
The course is organized around three components:
1. Classroom session focused on deep content (Friday evening / Saturday)
2. "In the field" map & compass day hike
3. Overnight backpacking trek with fellow classmates & a HAT Instructor
Low Impact Camping
Places To Go
Camps & Parks Guide
Map & Compass
Putting It All Together
John's Meadow, San Gorgonio Wilderness
Location: Channel Islands
106-Miler Backpacking Medal
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!
Trans Catalina Backpack Award
Backpack the entire Trans Catalina Trail, covering the 37.2 miles over a minimum of 4 days.
Channel Islands Adventure Award
4'' x 4''
Explore our Southern California Marine Protected Areas - camp, kayak, snorkle, SCUBA
Hiking Activity Award
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.
Marine Protected Area Service Project
4'' x 3''
Perform a service project in or for one of California's Marine Protected Areas.