Scouting Magazine

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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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Make your raingutter regatta a ‘recycle regatta’

Short on supplies? No problem! Use these tips for hosting a raingutter regatta using recycled materials.  WHEN PACK 722’s Bear den leader was called out of town on business last spring, Committee Chairman Jeff Crump had to find a substitute activity. Fast. He didn’t...

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Motivate Cub Scouts with the Outdoor Activity Award

Scouting is all about outing, and Cub Scouts are all about swag. With the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, you can recognize Scouts who are active in the out-of-doors.  WHO CAN EARN THE CUB SCOUT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AWARD? All Cub Scouts, from Tiger Cubs through Webelos...

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Tips for teaching the Environmental Science merit badge

More than two decades after earning the Environmental Science merit badge, Eagle Scout Jonathan Marchal still remembers the hours he had to spend observing nature (to which he had not looked forward). “It was an incredible experience to just sit quietly in the woods,”...

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How to keep your pack active this summer

In her four years as a Cub Scout leader, Sara Banks had often heard that packs should remain active over the summer. But in Pack 555 in Midland, Ga., all that happened in June, July and August was sending boys to Cub Scout day camp and Webelos resident camp. As part...

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Avoid mosquitoes with these bug-deterring tips and gear

Let’s set mountain-man machismo aside and admit the truth: Bugs aren’t fun. And biting insects can darken the attitudes of young people fast, especially those who still lack the perspective that the rewards of getting outdoors eventually overshadow the discomforts....

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