Re: The 50-Miler Program
Donato, Bruce (BDONATO@LIFETECH.COM)
Sat, 8 Feb 1997 09:28:00 -0500
Michael J Pagelkopf wrote:
Requirement #3 of the Award has the group completing "a minimum of 10
each of group work on projects to improve the trail, springs, campsite,
portage, or other area. If, ....it is not possible to complete 10 hours
each of group work on the trail, a similar project may be done in the
1) "a minimum of 10 hours each" does this mean each scout must do a
of 10 hours or does it refer to "group work on projects", inferring that
more than one project must be done?
2) In your experience was the project work done before, during, or
3) 10 hours is a full day +. Was your project work done in one day or
spread over the length of the trip (2 hours per day)?
Last year our troop took a 50 mile backpacking trip on the AT in PA. On
the first day we met the Ridge Runner. I had the scouts discuss
possible service projects. Picking up trash would never get the 10
hours/scout requirement, however the RR did say that cutting up fire
wood would be very appreciated by the thru-hikers. 2 scouts took this
on and worked their tails off using a backpacking saw to cut wood. They
did this every night and earned their 50 miler.
Okay different scenario, I have another group of boys who came on a
service project weekend on the AT in the Shenandoah National Park and
help maintain one of the PATC's cabin there. They put in about 8 solids
hours of work. If they come on this years backpacking trip, they only
need 2 hours more.
I like doing the work for the trail that you are on but you do have the
option to do a similar service project if "AFTER CHECKING WITH
RECOGNIZED AUTHORITIES it is not possible to complete a service project
for that trail". IMHO this means that you must talk with the keepers of
the trail before you do an alternate service project.
SM T-472 Rockville, Md. NCAC
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