Second Class Hiking Requirement and Hiking Merit Badge
Encourage all scouts to take a family 5-mile hike or more. Share routes around town you can find on Google where they can take a hike using nearby trails like Dakota or Luce Line. They can also travel to a state park or Three Rivers Park for more scenic trails.
For those who need the Second Class requirement 3b, "Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian," this is a great time to get it done. They can take video or pictures on their hike and describe the hike to their Scoutmaster or Instructor to have it signed off.
If Scouts already have the 5-mile hike complete they can begin work on the hiking merit badge. Requirements are HERE.
The 5-mile hike from Second Class is one of the requirements for the badge, so they will already be part way to completion. There are also 3 10-mile hikes, a 15- and 20-mile hikes that are needed. So, hike your way outside and earn an Eagle Required Merit Badge in the process.
Mike Lawrance is a newly minted Hiking MB Counselor, so just reach out to him before starting the badge at firstname.lastname@example.org (and CC your parents). We can deal with blue cards when we get back to regular meetings.