50 Miler Award

Award Requirements
The 50-Miler Award is presented to each qualifying individual for satisfactory participation in an approved trip. In order to qualify for the award, the group of which the individual is a member must fulfill all of the following requirements.

1. Make complete and satisfactory plans for the trip, including the possibilities of advancement..

2. Cover the trail or canoe or boat route of not less than 50 consecutive miles (a maximum of 10 miles per day); take a minimum of 5 consecutive days to complete the trip without the aid of motors. (In some areas, pack animals may be used)

3. During the time on the trail or waterway, complete a minimum of 10 hours each of group work on projects to improve the trail, springs, campsite, portage, or other area. If, after checking with recognized authorities, it is not possible to complete 10 hours each of group work on the trail, a similar project may be done in the unit's home area. (There should be no unauthorized cutting of brush or timber.)

4. Unit or tour leader must then file the 50-Miler Award application with the local council service center.


The Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer unit or provisional groups must follow these rules for a 50-miler trip.

  • Select a suitable trail or waterway.
  • Adult leaders older than 21 must make the entire trip.
  • If the trip is 500 miles or more from homes of group members (local camp excepted) or crosses national boundaries and into the territory of other nations, a national Tour Permit Application, No. 4419B is necessary. For trips and overnight camps less than 500 miles, use a Local Tour Permit Application, No. 4426.


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