- Show that you know first aid for injuries or
illnesses that could occur while hiking, including hypothermia,
heatstroke, heat, exhaustion, frostbite dehydration, sunburn, sprained
ankle, insect stings, tick bites, snakebite, blisters, hyperventilation,
and altitude sickness.
- Explain and, where possible, show the points of
good hiking practices. including the principles of Leave No Trace, hiking
safety in the daytime and at night, courtesy to others, choice of
footwear, and proper care of feet and footwear.
- Explain how hiking is an aerobic activity.
Develop a plan for conditioning yourself for 10-mile hikes, and describe
how you will increase your fitness for longer hikes.
- Make a written plan for a 10-mile hike, including
map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail
- Take five hikes, each on a different day, and
each of at least ten continuous miles. Prepare a hike plan for each hike.*
- Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in one day
following a hike plan you have prepared.*
- After each of the hikes (or during each hike if
on a continuous trek) in requirements 5 and 6, write a short report of
your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the
weather, and interesting things you saw. Share this report with your merit
*The hikes in requirements 5 and 6 can be used in
fulfilling Second Class (2a) and First Class (3) rank requirements, but
only if Hiking merit badge requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been completed
to the satisfaction of your counselor. The hikes of requirements 5 and 6
cannot be used to fulfill requirements of other merit badges.