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Hiking merit badge Met two scouts for a 10 mile hike this morning and pounded it out in 2 hours 50 minutes - that's 17 minute miles. It was a great hike and I didn't notice the pace or the time. The scout leading the hike kept us on route and moving along.

Both these guys are doing the Hiking merit badge and just started First Aid with me as counselor. Since there is a lot of ovelap in the first aid requirements of Hiking and some 'explain' requirements in First Aid, we just talked about those for about 90 minutes.
We also discussed Leave No Trace and hiking safety, finishing off the Hiking discussion requirements.

Doesn't make sense to me to have them repeat everything again, so they got twofers. It makes sense to me if a scout looks over requirements and notices that there is overlap and plans to cover requirements for two badges at the same time. I think that's different than coming up to a counselor and saying, "Hey, I did this requirement a few months ago for that other merit badge."

Tomorrow, they've corraled me into a First Aid session around noon, so I've got to clean off the CPR manikins and fake wounds and see what they can do.

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Posted: 12:43 09-01-2011 664
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