My troop just went on a weekend camp-out. After we climbed this big hill, I started chafing in my groin area. It itched so bad, it was really uncomfortable. My friends were making fun of me because I was adjusting my underwear all weekend. How do I prevent chafing?
Animal track identification quiz
How well can you identify animal tracks? Take our quiz and find out!
Two keys to fastpacking
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.
How to stay clean on the trail
Gear Guy tells you what you need to do to stay clean in the outdoors.
Scout outdoor essentials checklist
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.
Create an emergency pack or kit
Instructions for creating a family emergency kit, a major disaster preparedness kit and a personal emergency service pack.
Checklist for a paddling outing
Going on a paddling outing? Here’s a checklist to help you pack.
Checklist for a basic cold weather outing
Going on a basic cold weather outing? Here's a checklist to help you pack.
How to build a quinzee snow shelter
A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a big pile of snow. They can take several hours to build, but are an effective way to stay warm when camping in the winter. Here's how to build one.
How to avoid frostbite
Frozen flesh won't kill you right away -- but the pain might make you wish you were dead. Know the symptoms and how to treat them.
Spectacular hummingbird video
Watch as this unusual hummingbird spins his long tail feathers to attract the attention of females.
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.
How to sleep well on the trail
Gear Guy is here with tips to help you get a good night's rest on the trail.
Fun games to play in the snow
Staying safe on a winter outing is hard work, but that doesn't mean there won't be time for fun. Here are a few activities we came up with. Can you think of more?
How to read a topo map
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.
Take a hike with your own walking stick
Walking sticks make hiking more fun. Next time you go hiking, step out with a personal walking stick that you made yourself.