50 Miler

2017:  Kayaking on the Hood Canal

What is a 50 Miler?
Every summer, Troop 577 goes on a 50 Miler, which is a boating or backpacking trip that is 50 miles (!) or more in length.  The trip can be a week or more.  Past 50 Milers have included backpacking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, canoeing on Ross Lake in the North Cascades, backpacking in the Olympics, and backpacking in the Cascades.  A 50 Miler trek challenges Scouts to put their skills to work while having an awesomely good time.  Completing the 50 Miler and some community service makes a Scout eligible for the 50 Miler award from BSA, worn proudly on the sash.
50 Milers are High Adventure Treks, and BSA High Adventure guidelines apply.  50 Milers are the only age-restricted activity Troop 577 does.  As per BSA requirements, a Scout must be 14 or 13 and completed 8th grade to be eleigible.