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Memorial Day weekend is the History of Scouting Trail (HOST) hike weekend. In 2014 this will include the opening of the newest trail highlighting the History of Scouting in Washington, D.C.
The History Of Scouting Trail’s third of four planned hikes is the 7.2 mile Baden-Powell Hike which takes adventure seekers and Scout History Hike buffs into the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.
A very special Inaugural medal will be available to the 3,000 hikers that register and complete the requirements for the medal. The medal is designed after the rare and historic medal that was awarded to the Washington, D.C. Boy Scouts after their heroic efforts in protecting Suffrage Parade Marches in the famous 1913 Washington D.C. Suffrage Parade. There are only 3 know examples of this very rare Scout medal. During the Inaugural weekend the Baden-Powell Hike is open only to Washington D.C. area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The hike starts by the FDR Memorial and takes you on a historic trail by the Smithsonian Museums, behind the Capitol, and follows the path, of the Suffrage parade, up Pennsylvania Avenue.
Both the 5.9 mile Colin H. Livingstone Hike and the 2.5 mile History Hike, have received National Accreditation, from the National Office of the BSA. These two hikes will also be staffed with guides during the weekend. Registration for both hikes is open to all Scouts and Scouters from any State or Country. All hikes are wheelchair and Service Dog friendly, though you may want to plan to start earlier in the day.
While you are in the area check out these special offers available from our HOST partners during the weekend.
To get more information on the History of Scouting Trail Program you can visit http://historyofscoutingtrail.org/. Here you will be able to find information on how to participate in one of the HOST hikes and earn the associated medal, at other times during the year when you are in Washington, D.C.