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How to Tie a Bowline Knot

The bowline knot is useful for tying a rope around your waist or around someone requiring rescue. Here's how to tie one.

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.

How to Find Fossils

ammonoids.jpgSometimes a rock's just a rock ... and sometimes it's a fossil. How can you tell the difference?

How to avoid heat exhaustion

hot-brain.jpgYour 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 to Skip Rocks

A stone-skipping expert shares his tips to help you successfully skip rocks.

How to Cook Some Goofy Grub

We scoured the Internet for these six strange recipes and oddball cooking methods. Then we challenged a Scout troop to try them out.

Poisonous Plants Quiz

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.

Emergency Preparedness Quiz

Whether you're on the trail or just having fun in the park, it's easy to get into trouble. Accidents happen. Would you know what to do?

How to set up a tent

Before leaving for your trip, be sure you're comfortable setting up -- and taking down -- your tent.

17 tasty Dutch oven recipes

dutchoven-promoHere are some favorite Dutch oven recipes from our pals Tim and Christine Conners and their book, The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook.

How to Read a Topographic Map

Topographic maps tell you about the terrain where you’ll be traveling, but learning to read topo maps takes a little practice. Here are a few tips.

How to Determine Which Eye is Dominant

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.

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.

Winter Warriors

Scouts in Minot, N.D. know plenty about winter camping. They experience it for much of the year.