This sections answers some of the more common questions about Treasure Hiking.

Is it a BSA Program?

No.  It is was not created by nor is it endorsed by the B0y Scouts of America.

 Treasure Hiking was created by an adult scouting volunteer. 

Who created it?

Treasure Hiking was created by Michael Kabot who owns SOAR - a website hosting service for scouting organizations.  The idea came out of a need to keep boys in his Pack active in scouting over the summer of 2006 to ensure retention in the Fall. 

Michael's son Ben had been geocaching with a friend and loved it.  Based on this, Michael took his Den out for the first Treasure Hike and incorporated a number of scouting ideals such as Leave No Trace.  It was a huge success.  After reviewing other requirements that could be met through Treasure Hiking, a program was born.

His Pack offered 2 Treasure Hike opportunities that summer from May through September.  Each hike added more ideas to the program.  Michael then documented the program for his District and held training events for the Packs.  This lead to the creation of a website to share the program with all Packs.

Is it free to use?

Yes - if you are a scouting organization you are free to use any part of this website, its content, the Treasure Hiking name and logo as long as there is no commercial gain.

Michael Kabot's scouing based business SOAR retains copyright and trademark rights to the program to continue to develop it for the scouting community.  His company sponsors the program through content creation, website hosting, and forum moderation.

Any commercial use of the program (this website and its contents) or the Treasure Hiking name or logo requires licensing from SOAR.

Can I bring it to my District/Council?

Please do !

 Please also share your own experiences with Treasure Hiking with them as well.