To bring appreciation to the ideals, principles, and traditions that have made our country strong; requirements emphasize cooperation between historic societies and Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units, which should establish a close relationship with a local society as soon as possible when planning a historic activity—most communities have such societies.
Love of America and devotion to our country depend upon a thorough appreciation of the ideals, principles, and traditions that have made our country strong. Historic Trails Award requirements emphasize cooperation between historic societies and Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. Scouts should establish a close relationship with a local society as soon as possible when planning a historic activity—most communities have such societies. Reports from many units indicate that these societies have been eager to offer their cooperation by
• Suggesting trails or sites that are suitable for Scout historic
activities and exploration
• Providing Scouts with historic information about the trails
• Offering guidance to Scouts during restoration and
• Financing the cost of materials used by Scouts for restoration
and marking projects
• Staging historic pageants and ceremonies with
• Directing public attention to Scout historic activities through
newspapers, television, and radio
Visit the Guide to Safe Scouting for current youth protection
policies.Who Can Earn This Award?
Presented to youth and adult members who meet the criteria.
How To Get the Award
To earn the award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity. A unit historic activity requires
1. Locate a historic trail or site and study information relating to it. (The information may be obtained from an adult historic
society, public library, or people living near the trail or site.
Texas Southwest Council has two such locations within it’s borders, Fort Concho, in San Angelo, TX, and Fort McKavitt, TX.
2. Hike or camp two days and one night along the trail or in the vicinity of the site. Options include an area hotel or the home
of other Scouts.
3. Cooperate with an adult group such as a historic society to restore and mark all or part of this trail or site. (This may be
done during the hike or overnight camp.) Or cooperate with such a group to plan and stage a historic pageant, ceremony,
or other public event related to this trail or site—such an event should be large enough to merit coverage by the local press.
Your unit leader must then file the Historic Trails Award application with your local council service center.