Hiking Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Hiking Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Hiking Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Hiking Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Hiking Merit Badge Workbook
Hiking Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Hiking Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Hiking Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

5. Proper footwear for hiking

6. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Note: This merit badge requires a lot of time and effort in order to complete most requirements.  This class is structured to offer explanation and discussion time for Scouts in a small group of Scouts with a Counselor.  Scouts WILL NOT complete all requirements in this class.  It will be impossible for Scouts to complete requirements 4, 5 and 6 in this class unless they have previously done these hikes and met the requirement and components of for each hike and each of these requirements. Scouts will get some of Requirements 4 and 6 completed as a part of this class.



1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while hiking, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while hiking, including hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, hyperventilation, altitude sickness, sprained ankle, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebite.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


2. Explain and, where possible, show the points of good hiking practices including proper outdoor ethics, hiking safety in the daytime and at night, courtesy to others, choice of footwear, and proper care of feet and footwear.

While the counselor will help mentor in the class, Scouts should have reviewed the merit badge pamphlet and any other sources they have access to in order to best build their knowledge for completing this requirement in the class.  Scouts will be required to actively partake in providing explanations on all elements of this requirement in a structured class discussion with the counselor and with the other Scouts within the class.


3. 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.

Scouts should come to the class having prepared for this requirement by reading the merit badge pamphlet and making any notes they feel might be useful in helping support their explanation to the Counselor during the class. The counselor will assist Scouts in developing a plan for conditioning themselves for the hiking required in Requirements 4 and 5, however Scouts should make an effort to at least have a plan started or in mind prior to attending the class.  It may serve most Scouts best to have these ideas written out in a notebook or merit badge workbook to aid them in preparing for the class.


4. Take the five following hikes, each on a different day, and each of continuous miles. These hikes MUST be taken in the following order:

One 5-mile hike

Three 10-mile hikes

One 15-mile hike

You may stop for as many short rest periods as needed, as well as one meal, during each hike, but not for an extended period (example: overnight). Prepare a written hike plan before each hike and share it with your Scoutmaster or a designee. Include map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail lunch.

This requirement will NOT be completed within the class HOWEVER Scouts will take part in a 5-mile hike to complete one of this requirement's elements. Scouts may do their other hikes ahead of time, but it is strongly recommended that Scouts bring some sort of proof of the hike (pictures are best) along with route information (as well as the written reflection referenced in Requirement 6) for review by the merit badge counselor.  Simply saying you did the hike will not be enough, you must show some tangible proof for consideration of being signed off on part or all of this requirement and its elements. Be Prepared.


5. Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in one day following a hike plan you have prepared. You may stop for as many short rest periods as needed, as well as one meal, but not for an extended period (example: overnight).

This requirement will NOT be done in the class. Scouts may choose to complete this requirement ahead of time or complete this after the class. The class will focus some time for discussion of this requirement for those Scouts who have done the 20-mile hike.  It is recommended to work up to this hike as it is quite a task for someone who has not built up endurance and conditioning to do such a trek.  As with any hikes done prior to the class, be sure to bring proof of the hike as well as your written reflection.


6. After each of the hikes (or during each hike if on one continuous "trek") in requirements 4 and 5, write a short reflection of your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the weather, and any interesting things you saw. It may include something you learned about yourself, about the outdoors, or about others you were hiking with. Share this with your merit badge counselor.

Scouts will find using a notebook or merit badge workbook to aid them in maintaining and organizing their write ups to be very helpful for this requirement.  Please note that the requirement states that the Scouts must write up a reflection, with certain elements included, for each of the hikes done in Requirements 4 and 5.  Time will be allotted within the class to begin the write up for the 5-mile hike Scouts will do as a part of this class along with guidance from the counselor.


The required hikes for this badge may be used in fulfilling hiking requirements for rank advancement. However, these hikes cannot be used to fulfill requirements of other merit badges.

this page last reviewed / updated: February 2020