Need to know what to bring on your next outing? Every packing list starts with these items. They're called "Scouting Outdoor Essentials" for a reason.
Paperwork? For an outing? When it comes to the outdoors, keeping good paperwork is part of Being Prepared. You’ll need a trip plan, an emergency plan and a duty roster. Download our templates below to help you get started.
Step-by-step videos to help you learn to tie a bowline, clove hitch, diagonal lashing and other useful knots and lashings.
Mosquitos and other bugs can spread disease and drive you crazy in the wilderness. Have no fear; bug sprays are here. But before you buy something to spray on your skin, consider the pluses and minuses.
Be prepared with the right first-aid kit for your next adventure.
Remember these six keys to choosing a good campsite.
Before leaving for your trip, be sure you're comfortable setting up -- and taking down -- your tent. That means reading the instruction booklet and getting plenty of practice. Here are a few tips for when you're ready to pitch your tent.
VIDEO: Three easy ways to treat water so it's safe to drink.
VIDEO: The moon can tell you where the sun is, and once you know the sun's position, you can use your watch to find north.
Learn about aiming, taking a bearing and other compass tips and tricks.
VIDEO: Important tips to help keep you safe from bears on your next camping or backpacking trip.
Your body is more than half water. If you don't hydrate, you can cook your brain -- and die. Know the symptoms and how to treat them.
Campfire building is an important camping skill. However, overuse of campfires and an increasing demand for firewood has degraded the natural appearance of many areas. When building a fire, remember to leave no trace.
Being prepared to live — and live well — when you’re far from the comforts of home starts with being able to take effective shelter from the elements.
Richard: What makes a mouth sad? Nicolas: I don’t know. Richard: A tongue depressor.
VIDEO: Boots are one of the most important pieces of gear you'll take on the trail. A worn-out pair can make you miserable. So take care of your footwear, and it'll take care of you.
A book never written: “Baking Soda” by Armin Hammer.
Q. I’ve been in Scouts for about a year and I was wondering why my backpack is so heavy. I only pack about two pairs of jeans, extra socks and two shirts. I also pack a mess kit and a flashlight plus batteries. My sleeping pad is not heavy; neither is my sleeping bag. Why might my pack be so heavy and do you know how to fix it?
Ward: What do you get when a cow jumps over the fence? Jim: Beats me. Ward: Udder destruction.
Jeffrey: Knock, knock. Joseph: Who’s there? Jeffrey: Woo. Joseph: Woo, who? Jeffrey: What are you cheering for? We just lost the game.