Step Up and Hike

July 15, 2022 - August 31, 2022

Hiking is a great way to spend your time in the outdoors. Fitness and outdoors are a part of Scouting and everyone is encouraged to go outdoors and Step Up and Hike. 

Hike, walk or run at any location (e.g., road, trail, track, treadmill). Remember to stay hydrated. Register and complete the hike by August 31, 2022and email a race picture to Kelly Halko or send us the picture by messenger on the San Jacinto District Facebook page.

When posting pictures on social media use #StepUpandHike,  #LaunchtheAdventure

Tag @shac.bsa and @SanJacintoDistrict.

You do not have to be a Scout to participate in this event and Scouts from other councils are encouraged to participate.


Registrants will be emailed a bib to print to wear while hiking. Be sure to Include all participant's names so each person will receive their own bib.


Hiking Tips

Hiking a good way to get your heart pumping for some exercise or to test your limits. Some hikes are just a few hundred feet while others are many miles, but all can pose potential hazards if not carefully considered. Take some time to research your destination and its terrain so you can better prepare to have a memorable experience and fun while exploring.

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Hiking Advancement Opportunities




Mountain Lion 
3. Demonstrate an understanding of respect for animals and nature when participating in a learning hike.
My Tiger /  Backyard Jungle
2. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike. Discuss these plants or animals with your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or your den.
Tigers in the Wild
2. Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for this hike.
4. While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger Handbook.
Rolling Tigers
5. With your den or family, go on a bicycle hike wearing your safety equipment. Follow the bicycling safety and traffic laws.
Webelos Walkabout
1. Plan a hike or outdoor activity.
2. Assemble a first-aid kit suitable for your hike or activity.
4. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch or snack. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward.
6. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first-aid leader, or lunch or snack leader.
Tenderfoot 4d. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.
5b. Describe what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.
Second Class 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.2
3c. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on your hike and what you can do to help prevent them.
6c. Tell what you can do while on a campout or hike to prevent or reduce the occurrence of the injuries listed in Second Class requirements 6a and 6b.
Hiking Merit Badge
Hiking Merit Badge Requirements

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award 

Cub Scouts in 1st - 5th grade can earn the Outdoor Activity Award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The purpose is to encourage Cub Scouts to become active in the outdoors.

Complete My Tiger (Backyard Jungle) Adventure and four of the 14 outdoor activities.    
Complete Paws on the Path adventure and five of the 14 outdoor activities.

Show you are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouting. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. (This may be combined with requirement 3 of the Call of the Wild adventure.)After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find two interesting things that you’ve never seen before and discuss with your den or family.
Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.

Complete Bear Necessities Adventure and six of the 14 outdoor activities.
Complete Webelos Walkabout adventure and seven of the 14 outdoor activities.

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings is required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activities, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council has developed the SAFE Checklist of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      SAFE Checklist      Enterprise Risk Management


For questions, contact the San Jacinto District registrar.