Q. Dear Gear Guy, I recently inherited a Coleman white-gas stove from my father; he has been using it since he was a Cub Scout with my grandfather in the 1960s. I would love to bring this to camp, but I've heard a lot of talk that white gas isn't permitted in Scouts anymore. Is this true?
Emergency preparedness quiz
Whether you're on the trail or just having fun in the park, it's easy to get into trouble. Accidents happen. People don't think ahead -- or just plain don't think. Here are 12 such situations. Would you know how to handle them? Take this quiz and compare your answers to those Boys' Life got from the experts.
Make a solar hot dog cooker
If you curve some aluminum foil just right, you can cook hot dogs with the sun's heat.
Scouts in Minot, N.D. know plenty about winter camping. They experience it for much of the year.
How to avoid altitude sickness
Thin air can put a deadly squeeze on your brain and body. Know the symptoms of altitude sickness and how to treat them. Submitted by Buck Tilton
How to build a survival shelter
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.
Checklist for a basic cold weather outing
Going on a basic cold weather outing? Here's a checklist to help you pack.
An all-star tour of the night sky
Hunt the night sky for heroes, beasts and more and have a party while you're at it!
Plan and run a Klondike derby
Planning a Klondike derby is a great team-building exercise requiring leadership and decision-making skills. The best derbies incorporate traditional Scouting skills into fun competitions.
How to set a steady hiking pace
The key to a smooth hike: setting the right pace. Here's how to find it.
Tips to help you build a fire
Use these simple steps to build a fire at your next campout.
Make a firefly lantern
Want a natural nightlight? Catch some fireflies and make a firefly lantern. Here's how.
Two keys to fastpacking
It's possible to carry less weight and still have everything you need (or at least everything you really need) on a backpacking trip. Here's how.
How to build a bug board
They might annoy us or amaze us, but there's no question about it: Bugs are an essential part of the natural order of things. Here's how to make your own nature museum to display them.
How to skip rocks
A stone skipping expert shares tips to help you successfully skip stones.
First aid for the trail
No matter how well-prepared you are, injuries can strike anywhere on the trail. Know what to do when they strike. The next time you see one of these five common problems, you can spring into action. Submitted by Paul G. Gill Jr. , M.D.