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San Luis Obispo
The Historic Trail
(Cub Scout Requirements)

San Luis Obispo Historic Trail AwardThe Historic Trail, sponsored by the Los Padres Council, BSA, was initiated in 1990 and has been designated by the BSA National Office as an approved Historic Trails Award. The trail is designed to present to its participants the historical significance and natural beauty of the San Luis Obispo County area. The trail is divided into two primary sites: SAN LUIS OBISPO and SAN MIGUEL – approximately 40 miles apart. (1) The San Luis Obispo walk is the Path of History with 19 points of interest. (2) The San Miguel tour includes the San Miguel Mission and the Rios-Caledonia Adobe.

The trail is suitable for Tigers, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The award is open to all registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Applicants must write the Los Padres Council for a complete list of requirements, suggested readings, tour information, and awards order form.



  1. Tigers and Cub Scouts must complete both the San Luis Obispo “Path” and the Leader must hold a group reading session of a book listed on the suggested reading list.
  2. Obtain Stamp/Credential at each mission visited. All Scouts should wear their uniforms.
  3. Obtain a Local or National Tour Permit from your Council Office at least two weeks before the scheduled outing.
  4. Two adults must accompany each unit; at least one adult must be a registered Scout. The maximum group size is 16 scouts.
  5. A Patch and/or Medal is available to those completing the trail.
  6. The sponsor of the trail will not be responsible for any accidents which may occur during the course of the trail. Each group is responsible for its own safety and discipline as well as obeying pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  7. Church services, restaurants, and food supplies are available in San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, and surrounding communities. For emergencies, call 911.