Historic Trails & Programs

Outdoor adventure and the study of our heritage have been an important part of the Scouting program since the very beginning. During extended outdoor programs Boy Scouts can earn various awards. Two of these special awards are the “50 Miler Award” and the “Historic Trails Award”.  Requirements for these two awards can be found in the “Boy Scout Requirements” book.  

Throughout the United States there are some 300 Historic Trails that have been approved for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturers and family campers. Each trail is different. They vary in length, overnight accommodations, markings, terrain and awards. Many of these trails are run by local councils, while some are operated by other groups. Our gallery will show you just a few of these trails. Our links will provide you with information to get started in this program.  

The “United States Heritage Award” was designed by Scouts and adults to give youth recognition for learning about the heritage of our country. There is a silver medal for youth 6 to 10 years old and a gold medal for youth 11 to 18 years old. This program is run by “Nations Trails”. Our link will take you to their site.


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