Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

Long before dinosaurs appeared on Earth, huge one-pound bugs with wings nearly 2.5 feet wide dominated the skies. A swarm of those dragonflies might have carried off your tent. Dragonflies still look much the same today, but they got quite a bit smaller over the...
Inside the August 2021 Issue

Inside the August 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the August 2021 issue of Scout Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit scoutlife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Scout Life...
Canoe or Kayak? Which is the Better Choice?

Canoe or Kayak? Which is the Better Choice?

When planning an aquatic trek, you’ll need the right vessel to carry you and your gear. That decision depends on how you want to travel and what kind of water you’ll encounter. Typically, kayaks are ideal for solo paddling, while canoes can fit two or three people....
Scouts Race Down a Tennessee River on Homemade Rafts

Scouts Race Down a Tennessee River on Homemade Rafts

As they prepared for the 42nd annual Great Hiwassee River Raft Race, the Scouts from Troop 10 in Cleveland, Tennessee, had a plan: Finish with the fastest time. The Scouts from Troop 1010, also from Cleveland, had their own plan: Embrace the event’s theme by dressing...
How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

Cool off with this backyard summertime sprinkler system made from PVC pipes. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes Following the cutting diagram below, cut the following lengths from the five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes: Eight 36″ pieces Six 24″ pieces Four 12″ pieces...
How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

John Musgrove was on his first backpacking trip, and he was not a happy hiker. “I’m tired, and I think I’m going to barf,” he moaned. The eighth grader and his Scouts BSA patrol were hiking a section of the Appalachian Trial in the Mark Trail Wilderness of north...