Balsam Trek

To Balsam & Beyond… A 50-miler Through the Catskill Mountains


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Looking for a real challenge this summer…. Earn the 50-Miler Award and partials in Hiking and Backpacking Merit Badges. Climb the Catskills and see the region from Balsam Mountain after climbing one of the last fire towers standing in the mountain range. Camp overnight on the trail and alongside mountain lakes, fish, explore.


Are You Game?

More challenging than your typical week at camp, this high-adventure trek puts your skills to the test. Qualified Trek Guides accompany scouts along the way to ensure safety and teamwork. Up to 10 scouts can participate in a single trek.

Participants must be 14 or older, or 13 if they have completed 8th grade. Scouts may sign up individually or as a group.


Where & When

Trek Base Camp @ OSR, Week 5, (Aug. 4-10), with most of the week out on the New York State Trails system.  Hiking Destinations include Willowemoc Wild Forest (Hodge Pond), Balsam Fire Tower (first fire tower in New York State). Big Pond primitive area.


Awards & Advancement

In addition to the BSA 50-Miler Award, scouts earn partial completion of Hiking, Backpacking, and Nature Merit Badges. This trek also offers scouts the opportunity to sign up for additional hikes and conservation projects on Long Island, and ultimately achieve all the requirements for Hiking, Backpacking, and Nature Merit Badges.


Balsam Trek 2019

August 4 to August 10, 2019

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