Scouting Magazine

(Source: scoutingmagazine.org)
What is BALOO, and why is it good for you?

What is BALOO, and why is it good for you?

(This story originally appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of Scouting magazine.) A few years ago, longtime Cub Scout training experts Matt Markham and Jessi King-Markham found that volunteers who willingly attended Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation to learn...

read more
Scouters in Action: He Saved A Woman Trapped In Her House!

Scouters in Action: He Saved A Woman Trapped In Her House!

Robert Siemann, 18, was at his home in Albertson, N.Y., when he heard loud noises coming from outside. Siemann and his father ran to investigate and saw that a garbage truck had crashed into a neighbor’s house. The truck driver was hurt but appeared to be stable. As...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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;...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
Keep Your Head In The Clouds

Keep Your Head In The Clouds

This story was originally published in the March-April 2018 issue of Scouting magazine. The sky is clear and the air is still as you set out for an all-day hike with your Scouts. They check their map and adjust their pack straps, and you’re on your way. A few miles...

read more
Nine Easy Ways to Protect your Brain

Nine Easy Ways to Protect your Brain

Getty Images/Istockphoto This story originally appeared in the September-October 2017 issue of Scouting magazine. Spending 10 minutes every day hunting for your keys or cellphone can convince you that you’re in the early stages of a neurodegenerative disease. Stop the...

read more
Scouters in Action: He saved a driver from drowning!

Scouters in Action: He saved a driver from drowning!

“Scouters in Action” subjects come from the National BSA Court of Honor. If you know of an act of heroism that should be recognized, contact your local BSA council office for a lifesaving or meritorious award application. Note: Consult approved safety...

read more
Five steps to a safe and fun aquatics program

Five steps to a safe and fun aquatics program

Scouting is a year-round activity. Though the temperatures rise as we enter summer, we still take Scouts outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping … these are all popular summer outings. But there’s one warm-weather activity that rules them all: aquatics. If you...

read more
How summer activities benefit your pack

How summer activities benefit your pack

The National Summertime Pack Award program features all sorts of prizes. There’s a streamer for the pack flag if the pack holds an activity during each summer month. There’s a streamer for the den flag if the den gets at least half its members to each of...

read more
Answers to FAQs About Merit Badge Counselors

Answers to FAQs About Merit Badge Counselors

To earn a merit badge, a young person must work with a registered merit badge counselor. Here are some frequently asked questions about these important adult volunteers. What are the requirements to be a merit badge counselor? Counselors must be men or women of good...

read more
Big Changes Ahead for Scouting — and Scouting Magazine

Big Changes Ahead for Scouting — and Scouting Magazine

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The words might have changed some over the past 110 years, but the meaning of...

read more
Safety Quiz: Ticked Off

Safety Quiz: Ticked Off

Olivia Goodreau was 6 when she was bitten by a tick. She has been living with Lyme disease ever since. Now 15, she wants people to know they could be just one bite away from getting the disease themselves. Olivia is the founder of the LivLyme Foundation, a nonprofit...

read more
This Scouter makes a splash in Sea Scouts

This Scouter makes a splash in Sea Scouts

Growing up in rural Arkansas, T.W. Cook spent only a year in Cub Scouting. But adult involvement was pretty much inevitable once he joined a Scouting family — his father-in-law, Verl Underwood, was a 70-year veteran — and had two sons. Cook served as...

read more
Pick the perfect pack for your daylong diversions

Pick the perfect pack for your daylong diversions

How hard can it be to pick a daypack? Spend a few minutes in an outdoor gear shop; with the wide variety of sizes, shapes, designs, weights and prices available, it might seem more complicated than you thought. We’ll help you decide what type of daypack you need...

read more
Scouters in Action: He saved them from an unseen gunman!

Scouters in Action: He saved them from an unseen gunman!

“Scouters in Action” subjects come from the National BSA Court of Honor. If you know of an act of heroism that should be recognized, contact your local BSA council office for a lifesaving or meritorious award application. Note: Consult approved safety...

read more
A closer look at Owasippe Scout Reservation

A closer look at Owasippe Scout Reservation

Owasippe offers two camps for Scouts BSA members: Camp Blackhawk has a traditional dining hall, while Camp Wolverine offers hot meals delivered to your campsite — along with the option of dining in a central pavilion. If family camping is your thing, Camp...

read more
The sky’s the limit with the Astronomy merit badge

The sky’s the limit with the Astronomy merit badge

When the giant Magellan Telescope opens sometime in the next decade, it will be 10 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope. But you don’t need billion-dollar equipment to introduce your Scouts to astronomy, according to veteran merit badge counselor...

read more