Don’t forget to put the “outing” in Cub Scouting. One easy way to get some outdoor adventure into your program is hiking. And while your pack or den is out hiking, your Cub Scouts can work on their Hiking pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.
Hiking Pin Requirements
Earn the Hiking belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Make a chart and record at least five hours of hiking.
- Help plan a den, pack, or family hike.
- Earn Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
- Earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.
- Learn seven trail signs and tell your den leader or adult partner what they are.
- Be able to identify five different trees and five different birds on your hike. (These can be of the same species if multiple species are hard to find.)
- Using pictures or photographs, identify three poisonous plants. (Examples are poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak; oleander, poinsettia, etc.). Watch for these plants while on a hike.
- Take two different hikes for different purposes, for example, a nature hike, neighborhood hike, historical hike, city hike, stop-look-and-listen hike, and so on.
- Explain to your den leader or adult partner what a compass is and show how to use one on a hike.
- Explain to your den leader or adult partner what a global positioning system is and demonstrate how to use one on a hike.
- With visuals such as pictures or maps, report about one of your hikes to your den. Tell about how you prepared for your hike, who went with you, and what you saw.