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How to prevent and treat blisters

blister-200x148There's nothing better than hiking or backpacking in the great outdoors, but a blister can quickly ruin your day. Here are tips for how to avoid getting blisters and how to treat them.

How to pack a backpack

backpack-200x148-1VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.

Scout outdoor essentials checklist

camp-200x148Need 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.

Choosing the most effective bug spray

mosquito-200x148Mosquitos 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.

How to set up a tent

tent-200x148Before 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 avoid heat exhaustion

hot-brain.jpgYour 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.

How to build a campfire safely and responsibly

campfire-200x148Campfire 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

survival-200x148Being 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

boots-200x148VIDEO: 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.

17 tasty Dutch oven recipes

dutchoven-promoHere are some favorite Dutch oven recipes from our pals Tim and Christine Conners and their book, The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook.

How to read a topo map

topo-200x148When you plan a hike, the distance you will walk is only half the story. You’ll also need to know if you’ll have to climb hills and what kind of terrain you’ll be traveling. Topographic maps are the answer. They show you the shape of the land. Learning to read topo maps takes a little practice. Here are a few tips.

How to determine which eye is dominant

eyetest-200x148You might not know it, but one of your eyes completely determines the direction in which you look. That’s the dominant eye that you need to use to aim your firearm.

Are you prepared to weather the storm?

quiz-promoIt's easy to think an earthquake, tornado or flood will never happen to us, but natural disasters destroy thousands of homes every year and can even be deadly. Think you're prepared? Take this quiz and find out.

How well do you know the Boy Scout Handbook?

quiz-200x148Throughout your time as a Boy Scout, you're going to learn a lot of different things about a lot of different things. To test your skills, see how you do on our online quiz based on information in the Boy Scout Handbook.

How to make sturdy wooden snowshoes

snowshoes-200x148Trekking through snow is loads of fun, until you get stuck in knee-deep drifts. Sturdy snowshoes will keep you near the top of the snow’s surface.

Winter Warriors

Scouts in Minot, N.D. know plenty about winter camping. They experience it for much of the year.

Ultralight backpacking sample gear list

When practicing the art of ultralight backpacking, every ounce counts. Here is a sample packing list from a backpacker who participated in an ultralight trek last summer based out of the Montana Council’s Montana High Adventure Base.
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