US Mormon Battalion Trail Award for Cub Scouts
San Diego - Imperial
3'' x 4''
Complete a 5-mile hike along the Mormon trail where possible. The area in the vicinity of Box Canyon in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is recommended.
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U.S. MORMON BATTALION TRAIL for Cub Scouts
History of the Mormon Battalion Trail:
a. Read a brief history of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War (see bibliography in Trek Aid No. 107)
b. Discuss, during lunch or rest stops, the history of the Mormon Battalion, including:
The origin of the Battalion
The route or trail from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego
The Battalion and the Indians
The hardships encountered, especially crossing the southwestern deserts
2. Visits to Memorials and Museums.
a. Visit a Memorial dedicated to the Mormon Battalion, if it is within reasonable driving distance.
b. Visit a Museum that displays artifacts and the life of the period during the Mexican War.
In San Diego County, visit two of the following three sites (in or near Old Town San Diego):
The Mormon Battalion Visitors Center
The Mormon Battalion Memorial in Presidio Park
The Hazard Museum in Sealy Stables
3. Rations of the Battalion.
a. Assist the Unit in preparing and eating a typical Battalion Trail lunch, essentially jerky and hard biscuits.
4. Hike the trail of the Mormon Battalion:
a. Complete a 5-mile hike along the original trail where possible. The area in the vicinity of Box Canyon in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is recommended.
5. Comply with the General Requirements. Reference: Trek Aid #107, "U.S. Mormon Battalion Trail".