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Hiking Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Hiking is a popular Merit Badge and an option for Eagle Scout.
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The Hiking requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.

Hiking merit badge
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1921
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 061
Requirements revision: 2008
Latest pamphlet revision: 2001/2007


Hiking requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while hiking, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while hiking, including hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, hyperventilation, altitude sickness, sprained ankle, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebite.
  2. Explain and, where possible, show the points of good hiking practices including proper outdoor ethics, hiking safety in the daytime and at night, courtesy to others, choice of footwear, and proper care of feet and footwear.
  3. Explain how hiking is an aerobic activity. Develop a plan for conditioning yourself for 10-mile hikes, and describe how you will increase your fitness for longer hikes.
  4. Take the five following hikes, each on a different day, and each of continuous miles. These hikes MUST be taken in the following order:
    One 5-mile hike
    Three 10-mile hikes
    One 15-mile hike
    You may stop for as many short rest periods as needed, as well as one meal, during each hike, but not for an extended period (example: overnight). Prepare a written hike plan before each hike and share it with your Scoutmaster or a designee. Include map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail lunch.*
  5. Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in one day following a hike plan you have prepared. You may stop for as many short rest periods as needed, as well as one meal, but not for an extended period (example: overnight).*
  6. After each of the hikes (or during each hike if on one continuous "trek") in requirements 4 and 5, write a short reflection of your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the weather, and any interesting things you saw. It may include something you learned about yourself, about the outdoors, or about others you were hiking with. Share this with your merit badge counselor.


* The required hikes for this badge may be used in fulfilling hiking requirements for rank advancement. However, these hikes cannot be used to fulfill requirements of other merit badges.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Hiking is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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  1. Hiking merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.j.). It is one choice of a group of three merit badges on the list.
  2. All Scouts should consider starting Hiking merit badge immediately upon joining a Boy Scout troop for the following reasons:
    • The first four requirements are relatively easy for most Scouts. Completing these allows you to work on requirements 5 and 6.
    • The following is a direct quote from the requirements:
    The hikes in requirements 5 and 6 can be used in fulfilling Second Class Rank (2a) and First Class Rank (3) rank requirements, but only if Hiking merit badge requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been completed to the satisfaction of your counselor.
    In other words, if you go ahead and knock out the first four requirements early, you'll be able use later hikes to kill two birds with one stone.
  3. This is an Eagle required merit badge. It generally takes a long time to earn so the faster you get started, the earlier you'll get done.

Requirement resources

1. First aid: Hypothermia - Heatstroke - Heat Exhaustion - Frostbite - Dehydration - Sunburn - Sprained Ankle - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Snakebite - Blisters - Hyperventilation - Altitude Sickness


Layering - Clothing - Food - Hydration - Socks
REI: Compass - Day Hike - Food - Hydration - Insects - Layering - Lightweight - Navigation - Rain - Socks - Sun - Hot/Cold

3. A blank conditioning plan is in the Hiking Worksheet.
4-5. Blank 10-mile Hike Plans are in the Hiking Worksheet.
6. A blank 20-mile Hike Plan is in the Hiking Worksheet.
7. A blank report is in the Hiking Worksheet.

Related awards

Outdoor Skills Awards
Outdoor-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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