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Packing Checklists for Camping Trips

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.

Is It OK to Eat Snow?

There's a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow in your backyard. Is it OK to grab a handful and take a bite?

How to Build an Igloo

A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.

How to Tie the Bowline Knot

The bowline is useful for tying a rope around your waist or around someone requiring rescue. Here's how to tie one.

How to pack a backpack

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

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.

Build a Camp Chair

Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

How to find fossils

ammonoids.jpgSometimes a rock's just a rock ... and sometimes it's a fossil. How can you tell the difference?

How to start a rock collection

It's not difficult to become a rock hound (just pick up a rock!), but there are a few ideas and concepts that can help you get started on your rock collection.

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 skip rocks

A stone-skipping expert shares his tips to help you successfully skip rocks.