No Hiking as he specifically said hiking in his first post. The Hiking Merit Badge at the time I was involved in Scouting required four 10 mile hikes and one 20 mile hike. There were no camping or backpacking requirements within it.
For the 20 mile hike for the Hiking Merit Badge we would use the north route into Reavis Ranch and back or to the Rodgers Trailhead with side trips to make sure we did the mileage required. For the 10 mile hikes we would use other trails and canyons within the Superstition Wilderness or other nearby trails adjoining the Wilderness. Sometimes combining two with overland routes between them. Sometimes loops such as around Weavers Needle, Bluff Spring Mountain etc.
We tried to keep our outdoor activities close as possible to our home base of Mesa, Az to cut down on the cost of transportation. We considered the Superstition Wilderness our backyard and we used it as much as we could depending upon the time of the year. The USFS used us as their eyes and ears as well and we did a number of service projects for them which included cleaning up after the fire of Reavis Ranch.
During the summer we always did Camp Geronimo and had our older Scouts serve on staff there. We did the Highline Trail System, Lava River Cave, Mount Humphreys, Bear Canyon Lake, Mount Baldy, Colorado River canoe trips, etc... I do not ever recall going out of State as it was to cost prohibitive for the families involved.
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- Garth McCann from the movie Second Hand Lions
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