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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.

Photos of winter activities at Camp Wilderness

Last February, more than 250 Scouts participated in a search-and-rescue training session at Camp Wilderness, the Northern Lights Council's 2,400-acre wooded campground in Minnesota's Paul Bunyon State Forest.

Photos from the BearPaw winter camp experience

Scouts from the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council headed into California's snowy Sierra Nevada mountains for the annual BearPaw winter experience. Take a look at photos from their campout.

Why the wrist is at risk in winter sports

wrist-200x148Before the snow melts, get in all the snowboarding, ice-skating, skiing, snowball fights and sledding you can. Make sure to take precautions, though, so you don’t have to cut your fun short by having an unexpected slip on some ice!

How to make sturdy wooden snowshoes

snowshoes-200x148Trekking 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.

How to build an igloo

iglooThe best-known snow shelter is the igloo. A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.

Fun games to play in the snow

snow-promoStaying 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?