Tallgrass Prairie Center



Hiking Merit Badge (ER optional)

Hiking Merit Badge Patch

Irvine Prairie Map

Requirement #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 (map linked above): 

  • 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.*

Requirement #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


*Note: Bolded options may be more Irvine Prairie appropriate to complete for your ranks and badges*