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.
Some animals have amazing natural camouflage. Can you find where they're hiding?
Q. My troop likes to go backpacking. I’d like to participate, but my pack is really heavy. How do I lighten it?
The Gear Guy shares advice for buying a solar-charging device and rechargeable gear.
Here are some handy lists to help you pack for the Jamboree.
Check out the Gear Guy’s advice to make sure you get the right backpack for your body and your adventures.
Pink lemonade? Bacon? Breakfast cereal? Mix in these ingredients to spruce up your next batch of pancakes.
Q. What is your best idea for a survival shelter? How would you build it?
Q. I'm looking for pants durable for trail building and comfortable for wearing around camp. Ideas?
Classic rhymes predict that bad weather could be in the forecast.
Animals that once lived only in the wilderness are wandering into towns in growing numbers.
To keep an ax safe and effective, it must stay sharp. Here's how to properly sharpen your ax.
Q: Is it worth it to buy a blow-up sleeping pad?
There's a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow in your backyard. Is it OK to grab a handful and take a bite?
Q. My troop is going on a 25-mile hike soon. What is the best way to prepare for it?
Q. I'm looking for a good pair of hiking shoes I can wear to gym class. Ideas?
Q. I think hammocks are comfortable, but I don’t like being cold at night. What’s the best way to stay warm in one?
A smellable is any object that might attract an animal with a strong sense of smell.
A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.
A T-shaped snow cave is a quick and efficient way to protect yourself from winter storms.
Use this homemade sled to handle the extra weight of winter camping gear.
Q. Yesterday my friend told me my bike tires needed air, but I don't think so. How can you tell if a tire is pumped up enough?
Wow your friends with a delectable pie made in your Dutch oven.
Fire up the coals and bake this delicious stuffing for a hungry crowd.
This delicious side dish will compliment your Dutch-oven dinner menu.
Q. My dad says my sleeping bag will be fine in the cold, but I’m not so sure. What do you think I should do?
Q. Whenever I go camping my sleeping bag gets all smelly. How do I make it smell better?
How to protect trees and leave no trace while hammock camping.
The Gear Guy's advice for buying a headlamp, flashlight or lantern to illuminate your outdoor adventures.
Whether you’re a veteran “hanger” or just starting out, here are eight tips to make the most of your hammock.
With these expert tips, you can jump into hammock camping without breaking the bank.
Everyone will love this Tex-Mex recipe, and not just because it starts with chips.
How should I store backpacks during wintertime to keep them in good condition?
Sleep better under the stars with the Gear Guy’s tips for choosing the best sleeping bag.
These common plants can help if you have a minor scratch, burn, sting or itch.
Q. When I wash my camping pillow, the material inside lumps up and gets uncomfortable. What should I do?
Q. Most tent labels list two weights, a trail weight and a packed weight. What's the difference?
What are the best portable speakers on the market?
I am looking for a lightweight, packable and budget-friendly electric lantern. Suggestions?
Valuable tent buying tips, plus a look at seven of Gear Guy's favorite new tents.
How tall should a walking stick be?
Q. We plan to backpack a 24-mile point-to-point trail but only have one car. How do we get back to our car?
Q. I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?
Some animals are natural artistic engineers.
Q. On camp-outs I see some boys with cots and others with bedrolls. Which should I use?
Q. Whenever I go camping I always cut oranges with my knife. But then my knife sticks and is hard to get open. What is the best way to de-stick my knife?
Gear Guy brings you 9 water filtration options to quench your thirst while keeping you safe and healthy.
Do you recommend a propane-canister or liquid-fuel backpacking stove? I've heard good things about both.
I need a good summer sleeping bag. What should I get with $100?
Want a natural nightlight? Use an LED light to catch some fireflies and make a firefly lantern.