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Hiking merit badge
hiking merit badge I'll be taking two crews into the Cloud Peak wilderness of Wyoming this summer to experience some changes in attitude brought on by changes in altitude.

To prepare, the scouts have made a schedule of practice hikes and the two crew leaders have agreed on a minimum participation expected of each scout. Since we're hiking so much anyway, five scouts have started the Hiking merit badge. I love this badge! It's a great way to get guys out and moving for at least 70 miles over the summer.

We've got nine 10-mile hikes planned and we just completed one this morning. It's up to each scout to decide which hikes he'll go on and make his Trip Plan for each one and a Trip Report after each. Our 20-miler will be done after our trek to WY.

The scouts are using a great little tool at GMap Pedometer to lay out, save, and distribute their hike route. I get to see that it is safe and we all know right where we're going.

On our next hike, I'm going to take our SPOT Messenger so parents can monitor our progress and see when we're close to 'home'. I'll also send out an "OK" message about 20 minutes from the end so parents are at the pick-up spot on time. It's just practice for when we go on our real trek, and a fun use of technology.

See Hiking merit badge page for requirements and Trip Plan template.

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Posted: 15:50 06-19-2010 505
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Comments:
 Jun 21, 2010 - Tim Stewart
I was born near this area. You will love it. It is so quiet and you actually may see someone else out there. Expect solitude and as you said a change it attitude. I am an ASM from Grass Valley, CA troop 855. Best wishes and have a great trip.

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