Backpacking & Hiking

These are some of backpacking/hiking outings we have been on:

  • Big Basin State Park to Waddell Beach
  • Black Mountain Hike (High Venture and Troop Hikes)
  • Rim of the Bay hikes at Pinnacles, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, Pt. Reyes and Mission Peak
  • Henry Coe State Park backpacking
  • Yosemite hikes to Half Dome, Upper Yosemite Falls, Wawona Point and Mirror Lake
  • Death Valley hikes to Mosaic Canyon, Ubehebe Crater and sand dunes
  • Historic Hikes at Monterey and Sacramento
  • Philmont Trek #33 (95-miles of backpacking
  • Sunol Wildnerness
  • Joshua Tree

Troop 494 Hiking Stick Program
Troop 494 has a hiking stick program that allows others to acknowledge the many miles each Scout hiked. A hiking stick is awarded for scouts that have hiked at least 20 miles. The various colored caps indicate the number of miles a specific Scout trekked regardless whether the event was backpacking or hiking. Furthermore, the bands depict significant hikes the certain Scout experienced. In conclusion, this program allows each Scout to be acknowledged by others for his accomplishments.

CAPS
White:
Green:
Blue:
Red:
Silver:
Gold
:
Black:
0 - 25 miles
26 - 75 miles
76 - 150 miles
151- 250 miles
251- 350 miles
351-500 miles
500+ miles
BANDS
Hiking: Green: 10-19 miles
Red: 20+ miles
Backpacking: Yellow: 5-9 miles
Blue: 10+ miles
Special Hikes: Black with Yellow band with ID or Gold Label

These will be determined by the hiking committee but will include hikes such as Half Dome, Upper Yosemite Falls, completing ROTB, 50-miling hike outing, earning patches for the Skyline-to-sea, Sunol Wilderness, Fages 20 miler, etc.

Backpacking and Hiking Related Links
Merit Badge Requirements

Backpacking and Hiking Locations

Backpacking and Hiking Guides from REI

Last updated May 7, 2009