Orange County

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery Eagle Scout Project

Orange County

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5'' x 2.5''

Complete a long term backpack trek in the Sierras and catch a golden trout by any legal means.

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!

Three Day Backpack Award

Orange County

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3'' tall

Plan and complete a backpacking trek over 3 consecutive days.

High Low Award

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

Climb and summit Mt. Whitney in addition to camping in Death Valley and visiting Bad Water Basin, the lowest point in the United States.

Channel Islands Adventure Award

Orange County

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4'' x 4''

Explore our Southern California Marine Protected Areas - camp, kayak, snorkle, SCUBA

Mount Whitney Day Trek Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevadas.

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.

John Muir Trail Medal

Orange County

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Through-trek the John Muir Trail, either from north (Happy Isles) to south (Whitney Portal), or from south to north, in one continuous 212 mile backpacking trek.

Wilderness Slot Canyoneering Award

Orange County

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Main Patch: 3'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 3'' x 1''

Successfully complete a slot canyoneering trek.

Christmas Conservation Corps

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Participate in a “substantial” trail building or conservation project over Christmas Break (or in the month of December), of at least 6 hours work. The definition of ‘substantial” is left to the judgment of the unit leadership, but should be something more than trash pick-up.

Trail Angels Award

Orange County

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4'' diameter

Recognize scouts and scouters who aid hikers or backpackers with food, supplies, or general support over the course of a multi-day hike.


The award is specifically modeled after "Trail Angels" who aid long distance thru hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, etc, with water, food, and supplies.


Additionally, the award is intended to recognize scouts and scouters who play an active role in providing logistical aid in support of a multi-day activity (e.g.: performing water drops for a desert backpacking trek, etc).


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').

Seven League Boot Award

Orange County

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Main Patch: 4'' x 4''; Segment Patches: 1'' x 1''

Cumulative hiking and backpacking award to recognize overall mileage achieved.

Death Valley Cycling 50-Miler Award

Orange County

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5'' Diameter

Research and plan and ride a cycling route of approximately 50 miles (plus or minus 5 miles) in Death Valley National Park.

Marine Protected Area Service Project

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

Perform a service project in or for one of California's Marine Protected Areas.

Telescope Peak Award

Orange County

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5'' Diameter

Summit Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.

Eagle Scout Peak Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit Eagle Scout Peak in the Sierra backcountry.

HAT Outstanding Service Award

Orange County

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4'' x 3''

This award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the High Adventure Program by Scouts, Scouters or other supporters.

BSA Rocketeer Award

Orange County

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7'' x 1 3/4''

Build, launch and successfully recover (so that the rocket can be launched again the same day...or, if minimal damage, can be repaired on site to launch again) a model rocket.

Trans Catalina Backpack Award

Orange County

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

Mt. Langley Award

Orange County

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4'' diameter

Summit Mt. Langley (14,026') as part of a backpacking trek through the Sierras.

Top Roping Honor Award

Orange County

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4'' Diameter

Participate in 3 separate unit climbing outings in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP).

Backcountry Leadership Award

Orange County

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4'' x 6''

The purpose of this award is to recognize older scouts who serve in a leadership capacity to younger scouts during a long-term High Adventure backpack (minimum 6 days and 5 nights).

Boy Scout Trail Award

Orange County

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5'' Diameter

Through-trek the Boy Scout Trail in Joshua Tree National Park from Indian Cove (2,840 feet) to Keys West (4,040 feet), approximately 8 miles, camping for one night just past the halfway point and camping west of the trail.

Santiago Peak Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

Summit Santiago Peak

White Mountain Award

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Summit White Mountain Peak in the White Mountain range east of the Sierras.

Nothing Peak Bagger Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

This award is earned by Scouting units who plan and attempt to bag a peak, but for safety considerations turn back due to inclement weather, high water and/or snow, hazardous terrain or unanticipated illness or injury, among other safety reasons.

Bron Draganov Trailbuilding Honor Award

Orange County

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3'' Diameter

  1. Earn all five Trail Saver (30 hours total) and all five Forest Saver (30 hours total) High Adventure Awards of the Los Angeles Area Council or...

  2. Complete 30 hours of trailbuilding beyond the 30 hours for the Trail Saver Medal or...

  3. Complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project with Trail Boss Bron Draganov as your primary mentor and adviser.

Easter Break Science Trek

Orange County

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4½“ Diameter

Participate in a unit outdoor outing over Easter Break that involves camping and/or backpacking and/or sailing/boating, while at the same time working on activity badges, merit badges, Venturing Awards and/or STEM/NOVA Awards Program that involve subjects in the natural and/or physical sciences, engineering and health sciences. Completion of all the requirements during the outing is not necessary.

Orange County Historic Trail Award

Orange County

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This award was created to highlight the history of Scouting in Orange County by connecting the OCBSA properties of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) and the Newport Sea Base with a day hike or bike hike trail.