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Blaze a Trail

Hiking is always a great Scouting adventure. While it’s sometimes fun to explore off the beaten path, most of us appreciate a good hiking trail—and all the work that’s gone into making and maintaining it. Trails don’t take care of themselves. You can help others to enjoy a hike by performing trail maintenance at your Scout Camp, a park or conservation area. This can be a great linking activity with another Section.

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Plan

  • Where might you perform some trail maintenance?
  • What skills and equipment do you need to do a good job?
  • Will performing maintenance be part of a short or long hike, or will it be its own adventure?
  • Survey the trail ahead of your work day, if possible. Consider what maintenance is required: litter pick-up, sign painting, bridge repair, clearing overgrowth, etc.

Do

  • Take part in a successful trail rehabilitation.

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did your team get along?
  • What problems did you encounter, and what did you do to solve these problems?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • Can you adopt this trail on a long-term basis?

Keep it Simple

  • Start local! Choose a hiking trail or walking path near your meeting place and arrange an evening to clean it up. Pick up garbage and clear any debris off of the trail. Your fellow hikers will be grateful!

Take it Further

  • Arrange for your Group to adopt a local trail. Work with a local trail or conservation authority to find a trail in need of help! Find a way for all Sections to be involved, from garbage clean up to brush clearing to maintaining the integrity of the trail.