Q. I’ve been in Scouts for about a year and I was wondering why my backpack is so heavy. I only pack about two pairs of jeans, extra socks and two shirts. I also pack a mess kit and a flashlight plus batteries. My sleeping pad is not heavy; neither is my sleeping bag. Why might my pack be so heavy and do you know how to fix it?
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 set up a tent
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.
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 cast like a pro
Improve your fishing. Reel in some tips from a master caster.
Checklist for a bicycling outing
Going on a bicycling outing? Here's a checklist of gear to pack.
How to stay clean on the trail
Gear Guy tells you what you need to do to stay clean in the outdoors.
You don’t need four burners and a gas line to make some great-tasting trail food.
Make your own mailbox stove
Looking for a unique and fun way to cook for your troop? Do what this North Carolina troop does: Cook in a mailbox.
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?
Trail Tips: Paddling
Use these paddling techniques at your next canoeing adventure. Submitted by Rich Haddaway
How to tie basic fly-fishing knots
Fly fishermen depend on knots and must know how to tie several different knots properly. Here's how to tie some of the more common fly-fishing knots.
How to cook some goofy grub
These Scouts see the good, the bad, and the ugly of camp-out cooking. But what about the taste?
Create an emergency pack or kit
Instructions for creating a family emergency kit, a major disaster preparedness kit and a personal emergency service pack.
Hiking through history
By exploring a historical trail, hikers can follow in the footsteps of the trailblazers who carved their own paths through the American wilderness.
Scouts compete in Winter Olympics-style biathlon
Watch as Scouts participate in the Olympic Biathlon Experience at Soldier Hollow Cross-Country Ski Resort, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic biathlon.