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HAT's Awards & Patches

One of the Objectives of the Golden Empire Council's High Adventure Team is "To develop programs and incentives through special opportunities and awards that will motivate the members of the Scouting Program, both youth and adults, to challenge themselves to the experiences of adventure and the natural environment."  Awards and patches are one way that we work to meet this objective. 

Learn more the available HAT awards from the web pages listed in the left hand menu. Read on for the General Requirements..........





The High Adventure Team is chartered with the responsibility to conduct training courses to provide an awareness of the various aspects of High Adventure activities. This allows maximum participation within safe and acceptable limits. Knowledge can often insure success, completion and enjoyment and prevent tragedy and misery. In addition to help promote the various High Adventure activities, an awards program was created to recognize various accomplishments. It is the intent of the various council High Adventure Teams to standardize the GENERAL REQUIREMENTS to avoid confusion. Specific requirements will henceforth be included with the specific awards, i.e. distances, hiking hours, conservation hours, conditioning requirements, etc.

  1. CHANGES OR EXCEPTIONS Changes, exceptions, modifications, or waivers of any High Adventure Award requirements shall be made only in advance of the outing and in writing by the High Adventure Team of the council sponsoring the award. They shall not be made by any other person, including professional scouters, council employees, or volunteer scouters.  
  2. AWARDS MUST BE EARNED No High Adventure Award shall be given, or otherwise made available to any person who has not completed all of the requirements for the award, including these GENERAL REQUIREMENTS. The awards described in this booklet are often in form of general information only. It is suggested that participants contact the Council issuing the award for complete and current information BEFORE attempting to complete the requirements. Many awards have additional maps, brochures and help aids that are necessary supplements to the requirements.  
  3. RECIPEINTS MUST BE REGISTERED Only Currently registered members of the Boy Scouts of America are eligible to receive High Adventure Awards.  
  4. REGISTERED UNITS Awards may be earned only on scheduled outings of registered units, or a District or Council function.  
  5. ONE TRIP/ONE AWARD Generally, only one award may be earned for one outing, unless otherwise stated in writing in the award requirements. Example: The Dan Diego Council "High Sierra Indicator Segments" are designator segments for use with other awards. The Western LA Council "14,495' Club" Mount Whitney climb may be earned individually or as part of a long term backpack trip in conjunction with another award, and the various Trailsaver Awards may be earned in addition to hiking awards. The awards specifically contained in this book, High Adventure Awards for Scouts and Ventures, are only available to registered Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts and in specific cases, Girl Scouts.  
  6. BSA TOUR PERMIT A Local Tour Permit, BSA Form 4426, issued by the local Council, is required if the distance is less than 500 miles and the trip is within the North American Continent, including Canada and Mexico. A National Tour Permit, BSA Form 4419, issued by the Western Region, is required if the tour is 500 miles or over or if the tour is in a foreign country. Applications for both tour permits are to be submitted in advance in accordance with local Council procedures. A tour permit number is required with all award applications. Some Councils require additional permits which must also be obtained.  
  7. OTHER PERMITS REQUIRED When/where other permits/requirements are necessary they must be obtained for the trip in order to be eligible for High Adventure Awards. These are "Wilderness", "Dispersed Area", "use", "Primitive Area", "National Park", "Camping", "Fire", "State Park", permits. It is the intent that units meet and comply with the various Agency Requirements for a particular area.  
  8. REQUIREMENT FOR ADULTS At least two (2) adult leaders, one of whom must be 21 years or older, are required for ALL trips or outings. A minimum of four (4) persons per trip is required to be eligible for a High Adventure Award. Minimum High Adventure Training requirements will be included in specific award descriptions. At least one (1) adult with the group taking the trip SHALL have a current, Multi-media, or Advanced First Aid Card or be qualified Medical Professional. For those trips where "Safety Afloat" is applicable, the CPR requirement will be met.  
  9. FAMILIARITY WITH LITERATURE Leaders should be familiar with the BSA Outdoor Skills Manuals, the San Diego County Council Trek Aids, Los Angeles Area Council Hike Aids and other current Hi8gh Adventure literature. Familiarity with the new BSA Field Book, similar literature is encouraged.  
  10. AWARD APPLICATION FORMS Certain High Adventure Awards & Patches are earned by sucessfully completing High Adventure Training (HAT) courses.  These include the Cold Weather Camp Leader Awareness (OKPIK) patch, the Trek Leader Awareness (Basic Backpacking Awareness) patch and the Paddle Sports Awareness patch.  For all other HAT awards the approparaite Award Application Form must be filled in completely before submitting it to the High Adventure Team Chair Person for review and approval. All High Adventure Awards must include a complete and approved Award Application. Awards can not be ordered through your local Council Scout Shop or the Council sponsoring the award without an apporved High Adventure Awards application. If you have questions about any specific award, contact the appropriate Council H.A.T Chairman listed on this web site.  
  11. SAFETY A signed Parent Consent Form and Medical Release Form is required for each youth (under 18) going on the trip. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that trips and outings NEVER be lead by only one adult. At least two (2) adult leaders, one of whom must be 21 years or older, are required for all trips or outings. The "Safety Rule of Four" requires that no fewer than four individuals (always with a minimum of two adults) go on any backcountry expedition. If an accident occurs, one person always stays with the injured and two go for help. Additional adult leadership requirements (i.e. training) must reflect an awareness of such factors as size and/or skill level of the group, anticipated environmental conditions, and overall degree of challenge. No pets, firearms, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or non-prescription drugs are allowed with any participant on the trip. EXCEPTIONS: Seeing Eye Dogs. Each participant including adults, must have an appropriate medical exam within twelve (12) months prior to a long-term trip, or shorter period is listed as a specific requirement for an award. Evidence must be shown if requested.  
  12. CONSERVATION If a specific award requires a conservation project, the project must be accomplished prior to receiving the award. It should be authorized prior to work commencement and signed off upon completion by a representative for that Agency for which the work was accomplished.  
  13. GENERAL These requirements are intended for Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and where applicable Girl Scouts.  
  14. NATIONAL POLICY Boy Scouts/Venture Scouts are encouraged to participate in short-term (less than 6 days) and long-term (6 or more days) camps as well as wilderness expeditions and tours to develop skills essential to living in a primitive setting. Scouting provides High Adventure programs for this purpose.  
  15. YOUTH PROTECTION National Policy is currently in effect in many Council's participating in the awards programs outlined in this booklet.
    1. Tour Permits will be issued only to those leaders that have successfully completed the Youth Protection course.
    2. The designated Trek Leader must have completed the Youth Protection Course.


Check with your local Council for current Council policy.  


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