Here's how to use the sheet bend knot to tie together two ropes of the same or different diameters.
The bowline knot is useful for tying a rope around your waist or around someone requiring rescue. Here's how to tie one.
Tying a square knot is as easy as right over left, left over right. Watch our tutorial to learn how.
Those fishhooks are sharp. If one gets stuck in your skin, here's how to remove it.
Simple exercises to reduce the risk of ankle sprains, aching arches and other foot-related injuries.
Just because a lake is frozen, it doesn’t mean there aren’t fish to catch.
With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather.
At Philmont Scout Ranch's staffed backcountry camps, you don't just learn about history. You live it.
A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a big pile of snow. Here's how to build one.
A pocketknife is only useful if you keep it sharp. Here's how to sharpen a knife using a whetstone.
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.
Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.
No referee? No sports field? No problem. We've adapted these four sports so they can be played almost anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Test your first aid and emergency response skills with scenarios designed for a 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.
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.
Before setting up your tent, remember these six keys to choosing a safe and comfortable 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.
VIDEO: Boots are super important on the trail. So take care of your footwear, and it'll take care of you.
Teenage 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.
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.
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.
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.
Can you imagine going fishing without knowing how to tie an improved clinch knot? Or a double surgeon's loop? Neither can we.