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Trans Catalina Backpack Award

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Sponsoring Council

Orange County

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Backpack the entire Trans Catalina Trail, covering the 37.2 miles over a minimum of 4 days.

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Detailed Requirements


This award was developed and sponsored by Troop 93, Fullerton, CA. The Trans Catalina Trail has been a spring break tradition in Troop 93 for our high adventure Scouts. Spending 4‐5 days backpacking the entire Trans Catalina Trail is both challenging and rewarding. It’s truly an adventure that all participants talk about for years.


  1. Comply with the GERNERAL REQUIREMENTS.

  2. At least one adult going on the trip must have completed the Council Basic Backpack Awareness Course and one adultgoing on the trip must hold a current Wilderness First Aid Training certification.

  3. All individuals must complete two overnight training hikes and at least one 3‐4 day backpack trek prior to attempting this hike.

  4. Backpack the entire Trans Catalina Trail, covering the 37.2 miles over a minimum of 4 days. The typical route starts in Avalon and ends at Starlight Beach. For logistics, this trek then includes an additional 9 mile hike back to Two Harbors through Emerald Bay to catch the return boat ride back to the mainland. This trip will include at least 37.2 miles and up to 46 miles with a total accumulated elevation gain of 9,600’. (The opposite route starting in Two Harbors and ending in Avalon is also acceptable.)

  5. OPTIONAL REQUIREMENT – Earn the Service Project Rocker Patch after completing a service project working with the Catalina Island Conservancy, spending a minimum 3 hours. (Contact the Catalina Island Conservancy to make arrangements for a service project (562) 437‐8555 or on the website at to download the Group Volunteer Application Form)

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