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Young Hiker Challenge

The Hiker Distance Award program recognizes hikers for hiking (or walking or snowshoeing) significant distances within Nova Scotia over the course of a year. No pre-registration is necessary for the Youth Hiker Distance Award Challenge, simply start hiking and keep track of how far you go! Special thanks to the IWK Community Grants for its support.

No matter when you start, tally the following distances within one year (365 days):
  • Ages 5 to 8: 15 km
  • Ages 9 to 14: 30 km
  • Ages 15 to adult: 45 km
Do this and you receive:
  • A Hiker Distance Award Challenge Badge to show your achievement
  • Recognition on our Honour Roll

Use our special Youth Hiker Distance Award Challenge Logbook to record your hikes. Download and print it here or mail or email us to request a printed copy be mailed to you.

Girl Guides of Canada - Nova Scotia can take the Challenge too. Click here for the Hiker Distance Award Challenge for Girl Guides.


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a partner with Hike NS. Youth involved with the award can earn the badge and participate in Hike NS programming.

Adults can get involved too through the regular Hiker Distance Award Challenge.

Redeeming Kilometres for a Patch

Contact us to order your patches. Please provide the following information:
  • Number of youth receiving a patch
  • Name, age and number of km hiked per person
  • Contact person name, mailing address and phone number
  • For groups: Name of the group, community and contact name
  • Photos (we would love to share your success with Hike NS members – please ensure proof of permission is provided)
Questions & Answers about the Youth Hiker Challenge:

Q: What activities count toward tallying my kilometres?
A: Hiking, walking and snowshoeing all count when tallying kilometres.

Q: Where do activities count? Can I walk in my subdivision, or does it have to be on an actual trail?
A: You may hike on a local trail, walk on nearby streets, a board walk, etc. The setting of your hiking,walking and snowshoeing doesn’t matter.

Q: If I use a pedometer, can I use my total number ofsteps to receive a badge?
A: Only kilometres may be submitted when you are ready to redeem your distances and activities for a badge. However, you can easily multiply your totalnumber of steps by the average length of yourstride in metres (and then divide that by 1000) to calculate your total number of kilometres.

Q: Where can I borrow snowshoes?
A: Hike NS has a list of Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes in Nova Scotia.

Tip for using log books: place your logbook in a plastic zip & lock bag to protect it from the elements.

 
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