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Hello,

I'm looking to find different hiking patches for scouts and their requirements. Any info you have is great (requirements, where the patches can be purchased, etc). 

Such as the Gettysburg 5 part patch requires a visit to the visitors center and the Eisenhower farm. Then hike the Johnny Reb, Billy Yank and historic Gettysburg trails.  Available from the cradle of liberty council. 

I've also found that there is one for the C&O

Just wondering how many others are out there that I've missed. Might help the scouts planning trips they'd like to do. 

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Welcome, @dcb

Mod note...moving this to the patch trading/collecting forum. 

Edited by John-in-KC

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In the past, BSA had an excellent program that encouraged councils to establish historic trails in their own councils.  Sadly, that's gone by the wayside and most of the historic trails that I've heard about were established long ago and many are no longer promoted or no longer have patches and medals available from their local councils. It's only been within the past year or so that BSA put the list of trails back on their website (it had disappeared for much too long).

The list is here:
https://tap.scouting.org/historic-trails/

Note that some of the trails that have no link in the list *do* in fact have websites and are in fact still supported by their councils. Here in Texas, I know this to be the case with the Fort McKavett, Fort Concho and Fort Stockton trails. (If you hike these and are after the patches, call the local scout center before you do the hike because I got the impression supplies were limited for some historic trails).  Info is here:  
https://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/historicaltrails.html

Also, some of the most interesting trails don't seem to be on the list, for whatever reason.  Last year, my son and I visited Vicksburg National Battlefield in Mississippi and we found 2 excellent trails that took most of a day (each) to explore --- one was 12 miles, the other 14 miles (there's another 7-mile hike we didn't do). Info is on the National Park Service website:
https://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/hiking-walking.htm 

 

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If you are going to be around the Boston area, take a look at these hiking trails and patches you can still earn today.  Boston, MA including the Freedom trail.  All of these trails have patches and medallions that can be purchased and worn.

http://www.witchtrail.com/wtctrails.htm

 

The Bedford Flag trail is administered by a different location.  Their link is below.

https://troop194bedford.wordpress.com/bedford-flag-trail/

 

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While there are a lot of trails still out there, many councils no longer provide patches/medals for them (cost cutting).

Used to be that councils promoted any trails in their area, but don't see much of that now.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Council offers an excellent hiking program (with very cool progressive patches to go along with it). Our troop completed all six hikes over the course of about 18 months.

More info: http://www.sfbac.org/programs/hiking

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The purpose of the RIM OF THE BAY patch program is to encourage hiking and to bring into the lives of our Scouts a "mountain top" experience. There are six Mountains that surround our area that you hike up. When you finish the first mountain you get a patch and a "rocker" with the name of the mountain. Rockers are awarded for each additional hike completed. All of these trips can be accomplished in a single day. There are camping sites at or near most if your plans include an overnight camp experience. For Boy Scouts,this activity can contribute to the Tenderfoot Rank, the Backpacking, Camping, and Hiking Merit Badges; and Forester, Geologist, Outdoorsman, and Traveler for Webelos. These hikes are not approved for Cub Scout use.
Secure (where available) the park folder which shows trails and also gives a short history of the area. For example, the Mt. Diablo folder states, "From here, you can see parts of 35 of California's 58 counties -- the view is unsurpassed except by that from 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa." The park folder also includes natural history and a listing of mammals, reptiles, and plant life. Try to make your trip a "hike with a purpose" other than the earning of the patch.

Please instruct your Scouts on the need to observe and obey the regulations that are in effect in National, State, and Regional Parks. On some trips you will be given the courtesy of passing across private property. Please repay these people's trust by keeping the area free of litter, respecting their property, and leaving the gates as you find them. Clean up and pack out any litter you may come upon. Perpetuate the good turn ideal. You will probably eat your lunch at or near the summit; be sure all bags, cans, etc., are packed out with you.

Where it is necessary to cross highways, have your Scouts line up along the side of the road and when clear and upon signal, have the entire line cross at one time. Avoid stragglers or having individuals or small groups crossing at intervals.

If everyone helps keep the record of Scouts' use a superior one, this will be a happy and satisfactory experience, and it remains that way for all Scouts who follow.

Edited by gblotter
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