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Baden-Powell HOST Hike (7.2 miles) 




General Information

This 7.2 mile hike takes most units 4 to 6 hours to complete and the route takes you from the FDR Memorial on a historic trail by the Smithsonian Museums, behind the Capitol, and follows the path up Pennsylvania Ave. of the Suffrage parade. 



The hike medal, and hike patches, will be available for purchase after being successfully EARNED by the completion 85% or more of the activities associated with the hike. You will have the opportunity to redo activities if needed, in order to qualify you for your medal. There are ONLY 3,000 Inaugural Medals available to hikers, once this number is reached, you will be able to purchase a "regular" medal. A future regular Baden-Powell medal may be produced, based on demand.


When you complete the HOST hikes, you can purchase the patches and medals at any of the partner museums, at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda, or over the phone. Some of the patches are available in the online store on this site.


The Information below reviews what you will need for your hike.


Where does it start?

The Baden-Powell Hike starts at the FDR Memorial and all challenges lead you to additional stops.


Where do we end?

The Hike ends at one of several partner museums where hike staff will collect your answer sheets and have you recognition items available for purchase. All endpoints are near Metro Center Metro station and also only a short walk to Gallery Place China Town station and Archives Navy Memorial stations for easy access to every color Metro line. You may choose any of the museums if they are open. If they are closed, purchases can be completed at the Marriott Scout Service Center in person or over the phone.


What to bring on the hike?

Each hiker (including adults) should have:

  1. Two pencils or pens
  2. A camera (each hiker must be able to take 6 photos individually, sharing is okay, cell phones with cameras are fine)
  3. Full Uniform (if you have one)
  4. A watch (any kind)
  5. One empty plastic bag (supermarket type)
  6. Appropriate weather gear and water bottle
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Curiosity and sense of adventure
  9. Money to purchase Hike items at completion
  10. Compass

You’ll need at least one of these for the whole group:

  1. One crisp $1 bill (for one of the clues - you keep it)
  2. Small magnifying glass
  3. One crisp $5 bill (for one of the clues – you keep it)
  4. Binoculars (Recommended)
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