- These General Requirements are an integral part of the Requirements for
all High Adventure Awards obtained through the High Adventure Team.
Specific requirements are included with the specific awards, i.e. distances,
hiking hours, conservation hours, conditioning requirements, etc.
These requirements are included in
"TREK AID 100", an official
hard-copy of which may be purchased at the San Diego - Imperial Council
Service Center at 1207 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92103.
In addition to the general requirements given below, complete requirements for
each individual award are included in Trek Aid 100.
- 1. Changes or Exceptions
- Requests for changes, exceptions, modifications, or waivers of requirements for High Adventure
Awards shall be made in writing, in advance of the planned activity,
to the High Adventure Team of the council sponsoring the award.
No other organization or individual is authorized to change requirements.
- 2. Award Must be Earned
- Awards shall only be awarded to individuals who have completed all requirements.
They shall not be given for assistance rendered or as a consolation prize.
It is recommended that leaders and participants review referenced Trek Aids for
more current and complete information.
- 3. Recipients Must be Registered Members
- Only currently registered members of the Boy Scouts of America, or other youth organizations, are
eligible to receive High Adventure Awards.
- 4. One Trip, One Award
- In general, only one award may be earned on one outing, unless stated in
writing in the award requirements. Example: The San Diego-Imperial Council
"High Sierra Indicator Segments" and the
Western Los Angeles County Council "14,495 Club Mt. Whitney Climb" may be
earned with other awards as part of a long-term backpack trek.
- 5. Scheduled Outings
Awards may be earned only on scheduled outings of registered units or district
or council functions.
- 6. Permits Required
- Permits may be required for the outing to be eligible for High Adventure Awards.
These include permits such as Wilderness Area, Dispersed Area, Primitive Area, National Park,
Camping, Fire Use, Overnight Use, and Bureau of Land Management Access.
It is the intent that units meet and comply with the various Agency Requirements
for a particular area.
- 7. High Adventure Trained Adult Leader Required
- At least two adult leaders, one of whom must be age 21 or older, are required for all outings.
To earn High Adventure Awards, there shall be at least one adult leader, currently certified by the High
Adventure Team as having completed the prescribed training, in attendance throughout the outing.
- 8. Must Carry All Equipment, Food and Water
- Scouts and Scouters shall carry all of their
equipment, food and water plus their share of group equipment on the outing. The use of
motorized or mechanized equipment or pack animals disqualifies all
This also applies to riverine outings and forbids a tow by power craft.
Resupply may be permitted for backpacking treks of eight days or more,
and permission should be obtained in advance of the outing.
- 9. Scheduled Backpack Time
- Scheduled backpack time is defined as "that time actually backpacking
on the planned route." It does not include side trips, day hikes,
fishing, etc. Scheduled backpack time is used as a more equitable method of determining
qualifying effort in the mountains or rough terrain. The general
formula is two miles per hour of backpacking plus one hour for every 1,000 feet of elevation
gain. For example: A 15-mile backpack equals 7-1/2 hours of scheduled
backpack time. If the trek also climbed from 9,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation,
an allowance of one hour would be added, making a total of 8-1/2 hours of schedule
- 10. Familiarity with Trek Aids and Hike Aids
- Outing leaders, youth and adult, should be familiar with San Diego-Imperial Council Trek
Aids, and Greater Los Angeles Area Council Hike Aids.
For cycling activities be familiar with the Orange County Council Bike Aid.
- 11. High Adventure Award Form
- The council High Adventure Award Form
must be completed, including the names of
all those qualifying for the award, before submission
to the Scout Service Center.
The form is used for all applicable awards, including National and other Councils.
Any Council Award Form will be recognized by other Councils with High Adventure Teams.
When award approval is required, the approval cannot be by the award participant.
Follow this link for some tips on filling out the form.