Western Los Angeles County Council

Ralph Seifert First Backpack Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 2”

This award honors one of the founders of the WLACC High Adventure Team and represents his desire that all able-bodied and trained Scouts and Scouters backpack. Ralph Seifert has trained many leaders and introduced many more Scouts to the outdoors. This award introduces the HAT Basic Backpacking Awareness course participants and their scouts to the backpacking awards in the HAT patch system by earning a specific patch for successfully completing their first backpacking overnight trip.

Mountain Bike Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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5” DIA.

This award is designed to promote the safe and careful enjoyment of mountain biking with minimal impact by fostering LNT principles.

Scouting Spirit

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

This is a very special award. To earn it, two (2) separate scout troops, one traditional and one handicapped, work together on an outdoor activity. Since members of both units will contribute, they will each earn the same award.

BLM Weekend Hike

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Take a backpacking trip for a minimum of seven (7) hours (based on two miles an hour and one hour for every 1000 feet gained) to a primitive camp on BLM land. Do not use roads if possible.

National Resource Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

Complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of conservation work on any public 

lands (Lands under any government agency control). Hours may be accumulated over periods of time.


Whiteout

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA

This award was developed for those participants that while engaged in a High Adventure activity get caught in a situation where the visibility is reduced to less than 5 feet distance.


Conditions that can cause the reduction of visibility: rain storm, hail storm, sleet or snow storm, sand storm, fog or low clouds, or any combination of these.

Snowman Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA.

The award is for those units, groups and participants who get caught in an unscheduled surprise snow storm while on a weekend or long term trip. It is not for a unit that plans a winter trip and are expecting a possible snow storm while on that trip.

180 Degree Club

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA.

Established for those participants engaged in a high adventure trip of 3 days or more that: Due to mother nature creating such a disturbance that adult leaders using good sound judgment turned back or took an escape route to eliminate possible danger to the participants and were not able to complete the requirements to earn the original award.

Whitsett to Whitney

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Backpacking trip must start at Camp Whitsettand end at Whitney Portal. Minimum time on trail - 10 days and 9 nights, backpacking distance must be a minimum distance of 95 to 100 miles (50 hrs.), Days and nights spent at Camp Whitsett are not counted toward trip days.


Silver Bearpaw

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 2”

Backpacking trip must start and end at Camp Wolverton, Sequoia National Park. Minimum time on trail - 6 days and 5 nights, backpacking distance must be a minimum distance of 50 to 55 miles (25 hrs.), days and nights spent at Camp Wolvertondo not count toward hike.


Council Camp Conservation

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

The Award was developed in cooperation with Malibu Lodge, Order of the Arrow to recognize those individuals who have donated their time and effort to better our Council Camps. The Award has 25, 50, 75, and 100 hour segments to indicate hours of service the individual has performed at the Council Camps/Reservations.

Cross Country Backpack

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Plan a trip of 25 or more backpacking hours - Anywhere in the mountains, deserts, coast or any combination of these. Minimum time on trail - 6 days and 5 nights.  A minimum of 12 backpacking hours must be spent off trail.


Snowshoe Training

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Snowshoe a minimum of 2.5 miles over a two day period with an overnight camp in snow.


Cycling Tour Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” DIA.

Complete a cycling tour of (6) days and (5) nights long with each participant cycling a minimum of 50 miles per day, total for trip 300 miles.

Cycling Training

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Complete seven (7) hours cycling time, or 21 mile round trip, whichever comes first, with an overnight campout. Cycle trip (or time) may be earned anywhere.

Cottonwood Lakes/ Horseshoe Meadow Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA

This award consists of a main patch and six rockers. The main patch must be earned first and the rockers are earned in pairs of the pass and the corresponding peak. The uniqueness of the peak awards is based around the lack of defined trails to the peaks. There is considerable skill and knowledge of the territory/ environment required to achieve these awards. The base elevation is around 10,000 feet and all the appropriate high altitude preparations must be made. This award can be earned retroactively (2000) and over a period of 5 years for the rockers.


Cottonwood Lakes/ Horseshoe Meadow award is earned by camping a minimum of 2 nights and hiking a minimum of 10 miles. A combination of nights is allowed at either camping location. Treks to the peaks can be used for the mileage requirement on the main patch

Hiker of Character

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

Leo Ferns Jr. was instrumental and influential in starting the High Adventure Team in the Western Los Angeles County Council and has stayed active in Scouting and High Adventure for over 40 years. He has taken countless Scouts backpacking and taught them to appreciate and protect nature. This award is to honor him.


The purpose of the Leo Ferns Jr. Hiker of Character Award is to have Scouts 1) Learn an appreciation of nature through conservation. 2) Learn and use Spiritual guidance in their lives and 3) Meet the challenge of a long term High Adventure trip and then an additional challenge of their choosing within the requirements.

Scout/Webelow Weekend

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award is designed to promote a better Pack-Troop relationship, and promote Cub interest and awareness in the Boy Scout program. The award provides interaction and preparation for the transition from Webelos to Scouts. The activity will be a planning/teaching experience for the Scouts, and a learning/doing experience for the Webelos - and an educational experience for the adults.

High Adventure Trip Driver

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3½“ x 4½“ w/SEGMENTS

The High Adventure Trip Driver Award was established to recognize those adults who spend many hours behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, safely getting the participants to and from High Adventure activities.


The Award is a basic Red Decal with 1000, 2500, 5000, 7500 mile, Red Corner-Decals, and a 10,000 mile Golden Decal indicating miles driven to help Units, Districts, or Councils achieve successful High Adventure trips.

Falls Creek Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2½“ x 3½“

This trail was pioneered and developed by Scout Troop 317 of Canoga Park, CA. with the support of Tujunga District of the Angeles National Forest.


Camp a minimum of one (1) night at Falls Creek Campground. Fire permits are usually required.

Trans Sierra Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 5½“

Backpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains traveling transversing them from west to east, or east to west.


This award was established to get Units away from the more popular areas and trails by having them use the many trans-Sierra Trails.

Disaster Conservation

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

Designed to recognize those Cubs, Scout and Venturer Units who participate in the recovery action after a disaster or state of emergency so officially declared by any city, county, state or government agency.

Whale Watcher

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA

This award is for encouraging Scouts to understand our environment with special emphasis on whales.

Silver Knapsack

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

The Silver Knapsack Trail is recommended for the group with little or no backpacking experience who would like to try it on their own.


Trip must start and end at Camp Whitsett. Minimum time on trail - 6 days and 5 nights, backpacking distance must be a minimum distance of 43 to 50 miles (25 hrs.), Days and nights spent at Camp Whitsettare not counted toward trip days.


Sequoia Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Backpacking Trip must start at Camp Wolvertonand ends at Camp Whitsett. Minimum time on trail - 10 days and 9 nights, backpacking distance must be a minimum of 95 to 100 miles (50 hours). Days and nights spent at Camp Wolverton or Camp Whitsett are not counted towards trip days.


Golden Boot Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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1½“ x 3”

Complete an approved Long Term trip consisting of a minimum of:

a. 25 scheduled backpacking hours on the trail.

b. 6 nights and 5 days on the trail.

c. Carrying all food and equipment needed for trek on back. (No pack animals or food drops).


Backcountry Exploration

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Plan a trip of 15 or more backpacking hours round trip to a wilderness base camp (use standard allowance of one hour for each two miles hiked, plus one hour for each 1000 feet of elevation gained).


Plan an additional 20 or more hiking hours (packs not required) from and around the wilderness base camp. The hiking hours may be for the purpose of sightseeing, exploration, peak bagging, etc. Minimum time on the trail and in the backcountry - six (6) days and five (5) nights.

Nordic Skiing Weekend

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Ski a minimum of 10 miles over a two day period with an overnight camp.


Historic Cycling Touring

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award was established to celebrate the heritage of the Mexican and Spanish people who long ago colonized and developed Southern California into a land of enchantment. Within most Council's boundaries are many historic sites which are seldom noticed by the average Californian, and many of our young people are never made aware of the history of our area.


SCOUTS: (11-14 years) Cycle between a minimum of four (4) Historic sites in one day, visiting each one. SENIOR SCOUTS AND VENTURERS: (15 years and older) Cycle between a minimum of five (5) Historic sites in one day, visiting each one. SCOUTERS: Meet the requirements of the group they participate with.

Red Rock Canyon -Mojave Desert Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 3”

Camp at least one night in Red Rock Canyon State Park or somewhere else in the Mojave Desert.


Horn of Plenty

Western Los Angeles County Council

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5½“ x 3”

This award was developed for the youth in scouting to learn how important it is to help others and to know there are hungry people in their own community who need help.

Ghost Chasers Historic Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award was established to lead young and old of scouting to the scenes and towns of the early west. Many ghost towns and historic sites are within a day or two drive from Southern California. Why not do something exciting and fun? Relive the good old days of the past.

Ranger Jim Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 4”

A conservation award established by Troop 317 of Canoga Park, CA. to honor the Rangers of Angeles National Forest for their hard work and dedication to nature and the environment, and for their strong support of the Boy Scouts of America Trail Boss Programs.

Jr. Trail Builder

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

Complete a total of 18 hours of instruction and trail work any place, which is to include: Tool use, tool safety, brushing, tread maintenance, and simple rock work.


Grunion Run

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” DIA.

This award is for encouraging Scouts to become aware of Nature's unique events in Southern California.

Dick Jackson Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

This award is for those who have achieved 200 mile of hiking on local trails.

14.495' Club Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 3”

Summit Mt. Whitney via a minimum 3 day, 2 night backpacking trek.

Silver Cloud Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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3” x 2”

Backpacking trip must start and end at Wolverton/Alta Trailhead, Sequoia National Park. Minimum time on trail - 6 days and 5 nights, backpacking distance must be a minimum distance of 50 to 55 miles (25 hrs.), days and nights spent at Wolverton/Alta Trailhead do not count toward hike.


Powderhorn Trail

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Plan a trip of 33 or more backpacking hours - Anywhere in the mountains, deserts, coast or any combination of these. Minimum time on trail - 7 days and 6 nights.


Golden Arrowhead Award

Western Los Angeles County Council

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4” x 4”

Plan a trip of 25 or more backpacking hours - Anywhere in the mountains, deserts, coast or any combination of these. Minimum time on trail - 6 days and 5 nights.

Snowshoe Weekend

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Snowshoe a minimum of 5 miles over a two day period with an overnight camp.


Nordic Skiing Training

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Ski a minimum skiing distance of 2.5 miles over a two day period, with an overnight campout on the snow.


Cycling Weekend

Western Los Angeles County Council

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2” x 2”

Complete twelve (12) hours cycling time, or 48 miles round trip, whichever comes first, with an overnight campout. Cycle trip (or time) may be earned anywhere.

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