Scouting Magazine

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How to recognize and treat frostnip

Emergency Situation: While hiking in Utah’s beautiful and famously snowy Wasatch Mountains, you accidentally step in a snow-covered stream. The water isn’t deep, but it is cold. Very, very cold. Forced to hike out with wet feet, after half an hour you begin to feel...

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What if not following a rule is the better move?

The Dilemma Scoutmaster Donnelly imposes a lot of rules on the members of Troop 74, and his ban on cellphones on campouts is perhaps the most important — and most ignored. Scouts who can’t remember a time without cellphones chafe at this restriction and often sneak...

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How to strengthen pack ties with your chartered organization

Eighteen years later, Jay Perry still remembers the one-two punch that caught him off guard. First, his son’s Cubmaster told him many of Pack 3187’s families were transferring to another unit, leaving him as the sole leader. Second, the pack’s longtime chartered...

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Chivalry isn’t dead for modern-day knights

As a self-proclaimed tomboy, Heather Haupt was sure she would rock what she calls “the boy mom thing.” Then she had three sons — boys who never tired of engaging in mud battles, playing football in the house and pretending to be superheroes. (They might have even told...

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Make the Personal Management merit badge really count

After he leaves your troop, a Scout might never cook over a campfire, hike into the wilderness or use CPR to save a life. But he will undoubtedly need to manage his time and money. How effectively he does that could depend on what he learns from the Personal...

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Those little square knots are a big deal

Look at an experienced Scouter’s uniform and you’ll likely see a row or more of colorful embroidered knots above his or her left pocket. These small rectangular patches represent honors and awards the Scouter has received. Here’s an overview. How many knot awards are...

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Sailing to success aboard the SSS Dominion

It’s official: The SSS Dominion, aka Ship 100 of the National Capital Area Council, has won the 2017 National Flagship Award, presented by the Boat Owners Association of America and Sea Scouts BSA. Skipper Todd Skiles — who has earned the Honor Medal, BSA’s lifesaving...

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Climb on at national climbing directors’ course

It’s common knowledge in the Scouting climbing community that Philmont Training Center offers one of the best climbing courses in the nation. Much of that reputation comes courtesy of Chris Moon, who helped create the National Camping School Climbing Director’s Course...

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Help youth find their way without GPS devices

Let us celebrate the Magnetic North Pole. Mysterious and elusive, it has helped adventurers stay on the straight and narrow since the days before even Baden-Powell. Without it, we would all be lost — at least now and then. From science and technology to engineering...

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How to add color to the Art merit badge

ART WAS THE BSA’S 24th most popular merit badge last year, narrowly beating out Lifesaving. While most Scouts who earn the badge probably do so at summer camp, the badge is a great offseason option. In fact, art museums across the country offer workshops to Scouts,...

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Art of parenting meets the science of resilience

WHEN MICHAEL BRADLEY’S son, Ross, was in middle school, he decided that social studies was a government mind-control program, so he refused to do any of the assignments. The predictable result: an F on his report card. Ross’ teacher expected Bradley and his wife to...

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Deciding the right move when one student doesn’t contribute

The Dilemma Some students at Standiford High School would just about die if they lost their 4.0 GPA. Charlie is not one of them. He’s happy to stay in the middle of the pack, doing just enough work to maintain a C average. He’s smart enough — if he tries, he can earn...

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Make the most of conservation projects in your community

WANT TO PUT GRINS on the faces of your Scouts, Venturers or Sea Scouts? Turn them loose digging in soil and making good things happen. As they discover the fun they can have while caring for the environment, there’s no stopping what they can achieve. Today’s...

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Explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

MENTION THE EASTERN seaboard and most people think of urban sprawl, where a “wilderness” outing means a wary walk through Central Park. This image is not the whole truth. Take, for example, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, straddling the Pennsylvania-New...

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How to survive severe dehydration

EMERGENCY SITUATION: A day hike in western Texas was a great — though hot — idea. Until, that is, you notice your canteen has been leaking the entire trek. As temperatures climb and the sun bakes the sand, you lose track of the trail when retreating several miles back...

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Four tips for getting new Cub Scouts to camp

On Sept. 1, Pack 3131 in Overland Park, Kan., held its annual join Scouting night. Three weeks later, the pack headed to Camp Timberlake for a fall family campout. Held in conjunction with another pack, the event attracted nearly 200 Cub Scouts, parents and siblings....

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Longtime Scouter shares how he keeps older Scouts engaged

Scouting was the thing to do in the 1960s in East Dubuque, Ill. The small community had just one troop, but that troop had almost 30 members and was very active. After Stephen Williams joined in 1963, he quickly fell in love with camping — something the troop did...

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10 historic BSA moments every Scouter should know

A trail sign, a footbridge, a favorite campsite — points on a pathway remind us where we have been and help us figure out where to go next. The Boy Scouts of America has historic landmarks, too. Here are 10 important events along the Scouting trail that made a...

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Skits, stories and songs to make your next campfire memorable

Somewhere on the African savannah, an immense pool of water evaporates. The crystal-blue lake shrinks and shrinks until it’s gone. At least that’s what the audience sees. In reality, it’s just a person pulling a large blue cloth through a hole in the stage. Dana...

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How to help Scouts make an Eagle Scout service project great

The Eagle Scout service project is revered as a significant and sometimes difficult requirement for Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. An Eagle Scout candidate is to research and select a meaningful project, develop the idea, meet with adults, secure approvals,...

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Family camping gear for all ages

Gear that will help elevate your family-friendly campsite. Sample packing lists provided by Helen Olsson, author of The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids. Find a complete family-camping packing list on Olsson’s blog, maddogmom.com. Hardware Tent (with poles,...

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A first-timer’s guide to camping with the whole family

A loud thwap! echoes among towering hardwoods. Helen Olsson stands with her husband, Jeff, at a sizzling cook stove, on which dinner is only a few minutes from being ready. At the sound of another thwap!, the duo decides to investigate. The couple’s three kids, ages...

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How to treat burns in the backcountry

Emergency Situation: A spring overnight campout in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a quiet and peaceful respite. It’s also a cold one. As temperatures dip, you fire up your camp stove to boil water. You accidentally tip the pot and hot water scalds your hand....

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Activities to help keep your Scouts adventuring after dark

Scouting adventures don’t have to end when the sun goes down. Expand beyond the campfire ring with after-dark activities that spark imaginations, increase awareness and build around-the-clock confidence in the outdoors. Here are some ideas to try on your next campout....

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How to make hiking with your Cub Scouts meaningful and fun

When Debbie Gulledge worked at the Philmont Training Center in the 1990s, she went hiking weekly with Webelos Scout to Philmont’s fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex footprint. The first week, she recalls, the boys spent the entire hike looking at the ground and talking...

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