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.
How well can you identify animal tracks? Take our quiz and find out!
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.
VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scouts in Minot, N.D. know plenty about winter camping. They experience it for much of the year.
Here's an easy way to trace your way from one winter constellation to another.
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.
Instructions for creating a family emergency kit, a major disaster preparedness kit and a personal emergency service pack.
Watch as Scouts participate in the Olympic Biathlon Experience at Soldier Hollow Cross-Country Ski Resort, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic biathlon.
There are three ways to start a fire without the help of matches. Each can be effective, and all take lots of practice, but they're actually pretty fun to learn. Watch our step-by-step video to learn how.
Can you imagine going fishing without knowing how to tie an improved clinch knot? Or a double surgeon's loop? Neither can we.
Gear Guy tells you how to keep your gear clean and ready for action.
Gear Guy tells you what you need to do to stay clean in the outdoors.
Improve your fishing. Reel in some tips from a master caster.
It's possible to carry less weight and still have everything you need (or at least everything you really need) on a backpacking trip. Here's how.
Just because you've been lugging your gear for miles on end doesn't mean you can't eat as if you were in your own kitchen. Check out some of the favorite reflector-oven recipes of Troop 1570 in Herndon, Va.
Gear Guy is here with tips to help you get a good night's rest on the trail.