(Hiking or Trail Running)
Five steps are needed to complete this badge:
- Choose your outdoor adventure
Hiking – Go on 3 different types of hikes
Trail Running – Go on 3 trail runs for at least 20 minutes each
- Plan and prepare
- Gather your gear
- Train for your adventure
- Go on your outdoor adventure
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- Leader Guide available in Girl Scout Shop online
- Official badge is available in Girl Scout Shop online
or look for your local shop to save on shipping
- PDF Online Booklet from GSUSA Council
- PDF Booklet from a public document storage site
Troop Meeting Ideas
- Webpage (Hiking) at Creating Butterflies
- GSUSA VTK – No links
Only Accessible through MyGS log-in on Council’s website
At Home Individual Girls
- Instructions under “Outdoor” from GSEOK
- PDF (Hiking) from GSKSMO at Home (Archived Original At Home Program)
- PDF from GSSEF
Check out other badges that might work well with this badge when doing activities with multiple levels. These are simply suggestions and may take some creativity and extra steps to earn all the badges in various levels.
A Multi-Level Troop will need to do extra steps when earning different badges across levels. It depends on how many requirements overlap. Some will only have one or two matching requirements.
If there is no badge in a level, we suggest that a level earns a Fun Patch related to the rest of the badges instead of an official badge.
The Trail Adventure badges will have a completely different type of Hiking or Trail Running adventure for each level and cannot be done concurrently with keeping the technical requirements. Many multi-level troop leaders will pick the adventure that is appropriate for the level of progression of that troop. If that means everyone is doing the Brownie level of the Hiking adventure, that is what the leader accepts. It’s not like you can jump straight into a 2-day backpacking campout if you don’t have the stamina to do a 3 hour hike.
- Daisy – Daisy Trail Adventure –
Hike: play fun game on hiking trail;
Run: jog around your neighborhood, in a park, or on a trail
- Brownie – Brownie Trail Adventure –
Hike: go on three different types of hikes;
Run: go on three different trail runs, 20 min each time
- Junior – Junior Trail Adventure –
Hike: go on three separate hikes, each either 3 hours or 3-4 miles long;
Run: run on a trail for a distance that challenges you, at least one mile at a comfortable pace
- Cadette – Cadette Trail Adventure –
Hike: train for and complete all three of the trail challenges on three different days with minimum six hours on the trail each day (minimum 2,000-foot cumulative elevation gain, minimum of 10 miles, and trail on a terrain different from previous hikes you’ve done);
Run: train to build endurance for running a long distance at a comfortable pace, at least 3 mile distance
- Senior – Senior Trail Adventure –
Hike: plan, prepare, and complete a three-day, two-night backpacking trip of 10 miles distance;
Run: train and compete in a trail race of 5K/10K distance
- Ambassador – Ambassador Trail Adventure –
Hike: plan, prepare, and complete a five-day, four-night backpacking trip of 20-25 miles distance;
Run: help guide another girl in the sport of trail running with at least eight training sessions over a two-month period
Uniform Vest Placement
This badge should go where #10 is stated on the GSUSA Uniform Guide.
(Note – Badges and pins on a sash simply go in order (top of sash to bottom of sash) of Identification badges, bridging badge, pins, journeys, and other badges. Anything that does not fit on the front can be placed on the back of the sash. Sashes will not hold a lot of badges and vests are recommended if you plan to earn badges.)
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