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.
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.
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.
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.
13-year-old pro snowboarder Red Gerard shares tips to help you become a better snowboarder.
Here are some favorite Dutch oven recipes from our pals Tim and Christine Conners and their book, The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook.
When 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.
You 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.
It'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.
Throughout 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.
Trekking 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.
Do you know a walleye from a bluegill? Test yourself by taking our match-the-catch fish quiz.