The Historic Trails Award recognizes Scouts who have incorporated some history into their hiking and camping experiences.
Our local council keeps a list of historic trails in the area. Many of these trails have a trail specific patch as well. So if you are interested in working on this award with your unit but are not sure how to start, check with your local council first. They often have resources available if you just ask.
If there is a historic trail in your area which you would like to share information about, just add it to the comments below.
Historic Trails Award Requirements
To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity. A unit historic activity requires members to:
- Locate a historic trail or site and study information relating to it. (The information may be obtained from an adult historic society, public library, or people living near the trail or site.)
- Hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site.
- Cooperate with an adult group such as a historic society to restore and mark all or part of this trail or site. (This may be done during the hike or overnight camp.) Or cooperate with such a group to plan and stage a historic pageant, ceremony, or other public event related to this trail or site – such event should be large enough to merit coverage by the local press.
- Your unit leader must then file the Historic Trails Award application with your council service center.