We begun our hiking merit badge by doing trail backpacking and hiking in the Porcupine Mountains. Our Troop has Scouts who need to complete the 15 and 20 mile hikes. Do those hikes require carrying a backpack. Practicality aside, they will bring a backpack with water and other supplies. I’m looking to verify if:
- A backpack is required and,
- If so, what is the minimum weight
Thank you in advance.
Yours in Scouting,
Troop 69 Scoutmaster and Hiking MB Counselor