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Trek Safely

Young people today seek increasingly challenging activities, many of which involve trekking in backcountry or wilderness areas. Treks can include such high-adventure activities as backpacking, canoeing, caving, horse packing, kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering, rafting, sailing, and skiing. While some treks are
as short as overnight, others last a week or two. Trek Safely, the Boy Scouts of America’s recommended procedure for organizing BSA outdoor treks, applies to overnight treks of any duration. By being aware of the seven points of Trek Safely, youth and adult leaders will be better prepared for a safe trekking experience.

Each of the following elements plays an important role in the overall Trek Safely procedure. Fun and safe overnight trekking activities require compliance with Trek Safely by both adult and youth leaders:

● Qualified Supervision
● Keep Fit
● Plan Ahead
● Gear Up
● Communicate Clearly and Completely
● Monitor Conditions
● Discipline

When and where can I take the training?

Training is offered anytime online through the Training section of


There is no fee to take this training through the Training section of


No registration is necessary. Simply visit the Training section of If you’ve never visited this site before, you’ll need to click the “create account” button and then follow the instructions; have your BSA membership ID number handy.