Historic Trails Award

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Historic Trails Award
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Historic Trails Award patch
CountryUnited States of America
CreatedApril 1956
FounderBoy Scouts of America
Awarded forStudy about, hike or camp along, and perform a service project for a historic trail
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The Historic Trails Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) designed to promote the ideals of Scouting and in Scoutcraft, citizenship, self-reliance, and appreciation of national history. It is awarded for studying about, hiking or camping along, or performing a service project on a historic trail. The award may be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and leaders.


The Historic Trails Award is presented as a cloth or leather patch and as a decal. The award may not be worn on the uniform but is affixed to equipment such as backpacks or vehicles, or sewn onto items such as patch vests or blankets.[1] The Historic Trails Award was established in April 1956, along with the 50-Miler Award.[2][3]


Although the Historic Trails Award is an individual award, the requirements are performed as a group, where groups may be the troop, team or crew or a provisional group composed of members of various units. The trip must be properly planned and may include other opportunities for advancement and recognition.[4]


  1. ^ "Historic Trails Award". U.S. Scouting Service Project. February 5, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "High Adventure Awards". Boys' Life. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Boy Scouts of America: 28. April 1956. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Hillcourt, Bill "Green Bar Bill" (November 1957). "Let's Relive History". Boys' Life. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Boy Scouts of America: 40. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Historic Trails Award". Boy Scouts of America. 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010.

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