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Boy Scouts of America


Old West Trails Hiking Award

A special Longs Peak Council hiking award to encourage Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, adult Scouters and the public to explore the heritage of America's Old West Trails:
  • Oregon Trail
  • Pony Express Trail
  • Mormon Trail
  • Overland Trail
  • Ute Trail
  • Zimmerman Stage Trail

How The Award is Earned

  1. Locate and study the history of one of the Old West Trails: Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail, Mormon Trail, Overland Trail or Zimmerman Stage Trail.
  2. Hike or camp along part of one of the above Old West Trails.
  3. Give a personal report of your trail experience to a community group.
  4. Complete the Trail Application and Report, and forward it to the Longs Peak Council (as indicated on the application form) within 90 days of completion of your hike or camp experience.


A handsome cast bronze medal suspended from a ribbon. It may be worn over the left pocket of the Scout uniform. Please use this application. (in PDF format.)

Trail Information

Visit your public library, local historical museum, or check the world wide web to research trail information and history.

Information about the trails that are a part of the Old West Trails program can be obtained from the following sources:

Pony Express Trailwww.nps.gov/poex
Oregon Trailwww.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html
Morman Trailwww.pbs.org/trailofhope
Overland Trailwww.over-land.com
Information about trails from across America can be obtained on the National Trails Site at www.nationstrails.com


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