The Hiker Try-it is part of the “It's Your Planet - Love It!” badge set introduced in 2011.
For the badges released in 2011, scouts must complete all of the activities listed to earn the badge.
Please add ideas to customize the Try-it activities and other useful resources below.
My troop did the first 4 requirements at a meeting, then did the hike as part of a camping trip.
Activity #1: Decide Where to GoEdit
Activity #2: Try Out a Hiking SkillEdit
Activity #3: Pick the Right GearEdit
- We are braiding lanyards to attach to our safety whistles.
- Hiking sticks - My husband makes hiking sticks and is going to demonstrate to the girls his craft of carving. Then we are going to have the girls pick and we will size sticks and let the girls decorate with paint, felt pieces and braided yarn arm loops. You could attach plastic figures to the top with screws and paint. Or add feathers to the braid. So many things they can do to customize. You don't need to have your own expert to make your own.
A few tips for selecting your hiking stick is to cut down saplings in an area where lots of little trees are growing together. This is called thinning and actually helps your forest develop. One sapling can yield 1-2 hiking sticks. Just becareful they are not to get ones that are too large in diamater cause they will be too heavy to carry. It is also better to cut in the fall after the leaves have fallen off so the wood is not as full of sap. It will take several months for the sticks to dry or you can dry over a fire at camp. Just set them high enough above flames so they will not scorch. We used two saw horses over fire once it was down to hot coals and added minimal logs to keep it a low flame.
To size a hiking stick for adults you would hold your arm at a 90 degree angle while holding the stick. The place where your hand sits is the best placement for the handle. Cut 4-6 inches taller. For little girls who are growing fast I would cut it a little taller and allow for a larger hand space so it will last them a couple of seasons. Don’t go too big or it will be too heavy to carry and they will sit them down and lose them. You can also attach rubber cane tips to the bottoms so they will last a little longer.
Think of a hiking stick as a paddle it helps you use the strength of your arms move you up hills or it can be used as a handrail as you are going down hill.
Activity #4: Pack a Snack for EnergyEdit
- My troop made Megan's Granola for their energy snack. I brought the main ingredients (oats, honey, etc.), then asked each girl to bring in a cup of nuts or dried fruit (in small pieces) (no peanuts or anything that would melt!). They all had fun measuring and adding items to the bowl and mixing them up. After it baked and cooled, I put them in snack bags for the girls to eat after their hike. They loved it and several came back for seconds!
- There is a GS trailmix ceremony you can google. We are going to have all the girls bring one ingrediant then read that part of the ceremony as you add the treat. Then fill baggies for everyone with the finished product.
Activity #5: Go on Your Hike!Edit
- www.scavenger-hunt-guru.com Scavenger Hunt website. Found a whole website devoted to scavenger hunts, including some just for kids outdoors and a campsite-related one. My scouts were not too keen to go on a "hike" (I think it sounded too much like work!), but once I passed out the scavenger hunt sheets and pencils, they were off.