Scout outdoor essentials checklist
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.
Forms for planning your outing’s itinerary
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.
Learn to tie knots
Step-by-step videos to help you learn to tie a bowline, clove hitch, diagonal lashing and other useful knots and lashings.
Choosing the most effective bug spray
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.
First-aid kit buying guide
What should you include in your first-aid kit? Be prepared with advice and checklists to help you get the best first-aid kit for your next adventure.
How to choose a campsite
Remember these six keys to choosing a good campsite.
How to set up a tent
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.
How to treat and purify water
VIDEO: Three easy ways to treat water so it's safe to drink.
Use the moon and a watch to find north
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.
How to use a map and compass
Learn about aiming, taking a bearing and other compass tips and tricks.
How to stay safe from bears
VIDEO: Important tips to help keep you safe from bears on your next camping or backpacking trip.
How to avoid heat exhaustion
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. Submitted by Buck Tilton
How to build a campfire safely and responsibly
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.
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.
How to care for hiking boots
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.