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Pathfinding Merit Badge (Boy Scouts)

  • 1: In the country, know every lane, bypath, and short cut for a distance of at least two miles in every direction around the local scout headquarters; or in a city, have a general knowledge of the district within a three-mile radius of the local scout headquarters, so as to be able to guide people at any time, by day or by night.
  • 2: Know the population of the five principal neighboring towns, their general direction from his scout headquarters, and be able to give strangers correct directions how to reach them.
  • 3: If in the country, know in a two mile radius, the approximate number of horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs owned on the five neighboring farms; or, in a town, know, in a half-mile radius, the location of livery stables, garages and blacksmith shops.
  • 4: Know the location of the nearest meat markets, bakeries, groceries, and drug stores.
  • 5: Know the location of the the nearest police station, hospital, doctor, fire alarm, fire hydrant, telegraph and telephone offices, and railroad stations.
  • 6: Know something of the history of his place; and know the location of its principal public buildings, such as the town or city hall, post-office, schools and churches.
  • 7: Submit a map not necessarily drawn by himself upon which he personally has indicated as much as possible of the above information.