in 1956 the BSA created created the "50 Miler Award". The Award recognizes members who cover a trail or canoe or boat route of not less than 50 consecutive miles; take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip without the aid of motors.

The Scouts of Troop 78 did not earn this award in 1963, because they completed their "Kennedy March" in 15 hours rather than 5 days. However, their actions captured the imagination of Chicagoan's who were otherwise occupied with the sad news of Northwest Orient flight 705.