Get to know the BSA’s founding fathers

Get to know the BSA’s founding fathers

Their names are splashed across Scout councils, camps, museums and awards, but who were the men who helped create the Scouting program? Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857-1941) In October 1899, several thousand Boer fighters laid siege to the South African...
How to prevent and overcome heat exhaustion

How to prevent and overcome heat exhaustion

Emergency Situation: You’re hiking with some friends in July at Zion National Park. It’s high noon when you begin to feel faint. Sweat pours down your forehead and into your eyes, causing you to stumble down the trail. You’re dizzy. You open your canteen for a drink...
The 10 essentials —  A 21st century update

The 10 essentials — A 21st century update

Navigation A topographic map for identifying landscape features on your hike remains required navigational gear. With a printed map, you don’t have to worry about battery life or electronics failing or getting dropped. Likewise, a compass is foolproof and simple;...
How to avoid social-media safety pitfalls

How to avoid social-media safety pitfalls

You and your Scouts use social media to connect with friends, share photos, stay in the loop with event schedules and much more. These four scenarios will help you navigate social-media safety concerns as a parent and Scout leader. SCENARIO: While enjoying a day hike...
Earn a BSA aquatics award this summer

Earn a BSA aquatics award this summer

This story was originally published in the May-June 2017 issue of Scouting magazine. Summer is the perfect time for Scouts to earn the BSA’s special aquatics awards. Each of these awards, which focus on specific aquatic activities, is represented by a colorful patch...