How we go to the bathroom in the backcountry is important. Assuming there are no existing facilities, you have two choices: Use a cathole or pack it out.
Learn to cook some of Troop 1570's favorite reflector-oven recipes.
To create an adjustable loop for staking out guy lines, use the taut-line hitch.
Use two half hitches to tie a rope to a tree, ring or dock.
The timber hitch is the perfect knot to use for dragging a log across the ground.
The clove hitch is used to begin and end many lashings. Here's how to tie it.
Here's how to use the sheet bend knot to tie together two ropes of the same or different diameters.
The bowline is useful for tying a rope around your waist or around someone requiring rescue. Here's how to tie one.
Tying a square knot is as easy as right over left, left over right. Watch our tutorial to learn how.
Those fishhooks are sharp. If one gets stuck in your skin, here's how to remove it.
Simple exercises to reduce the risk of ankle sprains, aching arches and other foot-related injuries.
Just because a lake is frozen, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fish to catch.
With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather.
At Philmont Scout Ranch's staffed backcountry camps, you don't just learn about history. You live it.
A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a big pile of snow. Here's how to build one.
A pocketknife is only useful if you keep it sharp. Here's how to sharpen a knife using a whetstone.
VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.
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.
Don't stay indoors during the winter! Here are three fun projects that you can only do when it's cold outside.
How well can you identify animal tracks? Take our quiz and find out!
Useful or over-the-top? Fun or just funny? Great or goofy? Here are 20 camping products that are too ridiculously awesome not to share.
Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.
No referee? No sports field? No problem. We've adapted these four sports so they can be played almost anywhere.
Sometimes a rock's just a rock ... and sometimes it's a fossil. How can you tell the difference?
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.
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.
If you go canoeing enough, eventually you're going to fall in the water. Here are tips for safely rescuing a capsized canoe.
A stone-skipping expert shares his tips to help you successfully skip rocks.
Want a natural nightlight? Catch some fireflies and make a firefly lantern. Here's how.
We scoured the Internet for these six strange recipes and oddball cooking methods. Then we challenged a Scout troop to try them out.
You can make biking easier, safer and more fun with these video tips and tricks from bicycling experts.
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.
Whether you're on a backcountry trek or a walk in the park, how aware are you of dangerous plants? Take this quiz and find out.
Walking sticks make hiking more fun. Next time you go hiking, step out with a personal walking stick that you made yourself.
Learn some basic skateboarding techniques from a world record-holding skater.
If you curve some aluminum foil just right, you can cook hot dogs with the sun's heat.
Don't waste money buying bait. Gather your own! It's simple with this easy-to-make trap.
Test your first aid and emergency response skills with scenarios inspired by Crew 409’s First Aid Meet.
When done right, an igloo can keep you nice and cozy – even on the coldest winter night.
Here are tips for how to avoid getting blisters and how to treat them.
Paperwork? For an outing? When it comes to the outdoors, keeping good paperwork is part of Being Prepared. Download our templates to help you get started.
Mosquitos and other bugs can spread disease and drive you crazy in the wilderness.
Before pitching your tent, remember these six keys to choosing a safe and comfortable campsite.
Before leaving for your trip, be sure you're comfortable setting up -- and taking down -- 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.
VIDEO: 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.
Campfire building is an important and fun part of camping. However, remember to leave no trace.
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.