Scouting Magazine

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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How one council is improving pack-school relationships

How one council is improving pack-school relationships

It was the sort of phone call every Cub Scout leader dreads. Mark Beard, the principal of Stone Lake Elementary School, was on the line, calling to notify Robert Rhymes, Pack 255’s committee chair, that someone at the pack’s last meeting had evidently...

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Scouts earn merit badges at STEM’s hidden gem

Scouts earn merit badges at STEM’s hidden gem

It can be unsettling when you’re driving through 3 million acres of North Carolina mountain wilderness, and a nine-story radio telescope suddenly looms up above the treetops. The massive structure, with its 85-foot dish, is one of four radio telescopes, two...

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Angling for an easy outdoors activity?

Angling for an easy outdoors activity?

Fishing is one of the best things you can do with your Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA unit, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship. It gets kids away from their screens. It gets them outdoors. And it gives them opportunities for advancement. At the same time, it doesn’t...

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Going the distance on a Virginia troop’s 115-mile challenge

Going the distance on a Virginia troop’s 115-mile challenge

Dallas Wells was ready to give up. After backpacking, canoeing and cycling 67 miles over the past week, the 13-year-old Scout, along with the other members of Troop 141 from Christiansburg, Va., had to get up at 4 a.m. to pedal another 38 miles into Washington, D.C....

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Safety Quiz: Bug Out

Safety Quiz: Bug Out

Much of Scouting occurs in the outdoors, where we are the visitors and the animals and insects are perfectly at home. A squirrel, raccoon or other creature might be completely comfortable and healthy hanging out in the same area as bugs and other critters. Humans? Not...

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Stop stumbling around camp with these great lamps

Stop stumbling around camp with these great lamps

Quit tripping over stones, tent guylines or your own feet when trying to walk around camp in the dark. Turn to some reliable camp lighting, which basically falls into two categories: Lanterns, flashlights and other lights for drive-in campgrounds, when weight and bulk...

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Scouters in Action: He saved them after their car crashed!

Scouters in Action: He saved them after their car crashed!

“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 guidelines, as...

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Tips for teaching Family Life merit badge today

Tips for teaching Family Life merit badge today

As she drove the girls in her new Scouts BSA troop to a campout last spring, Heather O’Bannon heard plenty of stories of family distress and dysfunction. “I’m sitting there going, ‘Wow, Family Life merit badge is going to be really interesting,’ ” the Hilliard, Ohio,...

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Tips for managing a Cub Scout megapack

Tips for managing a Cub Scout megapack

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is home to 14,000 people, three elementary schools and just one Cub Scout pack. Pack 1 isn’t just any pack, however. It’s one of the oldest packs west of the Mississippi, and it serves more than 150 boys and girls who attend the U.S. Army...

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Safety Quiz: Just Say No to Prohibited Activities

Safety Quiz: Just Say No to Prohibited Activities

The Boy Scouts of America’s publications, policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations are designed to provide a safe and consistent program for Scouts across the country. Trustworthy adult volunteer leaders would never knowingly allow their units to engage...

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How one troop makes an outdoor tradition survive and thrive

How one troop makes an outdoor tradition survive and thrive

“No knives! Not allowed!” Scouter Jonathan Wiik loudly announces over the hubbub of Scouts rooting through their backpacks pulling out gear before the Survivorman Challenge. “No multitools, no rope, no cord, no whistles. I want to see that bag get full. Let’s go!”...

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Get time on your side for work, life and Scouting

Get time on your side for work, life and Scouting

The 1,440 minutes in each day disappear quickly. Let’s say you spend 480 of those minutes asleep and another 480 at work. That leaves one more chunk of 480 minutes — eight hours — for meals, commuting, after-school activities, exercise, chores, errands and perhaps...

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Plan now for a great crossover ceremony

Plan now for a great crossover ceremony

A technical glitch silenced the soundtrack for Pack 183’s crossover ceremony last winter. Despite the hiccup, the Scouts had a great time and the ceremony was a success, according to Laura Dombroski, committee chair for the Vernon, N.J., pack. “That’s when you know...

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From the Chief: Scouting amid the holiday hustle

From the Chief: Scouting amid the holiday hustle

We are entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” starting with a feast focused on gratitude and ending with a countdown to the new calendar. In between is a time that hopefully is joyful, reflective, and full of fun, love and memories. But it’s also incredibly...

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Guiding girls inspires this Pennsylvania Scouter

Guiding girls inspires this Pennsylvania Scouter

When Erin Blank’s brother, Patrick, was a Cub Scout, she would play Akela for him and pretend to check off requirements. She became Akela for real years later when her son Ethan’s Wolf den leader quit unexpectedly. (Her younger son, Adin, is also a Cub Scout.) Blank...

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Scouters in Action: He saved the boy before the car exploded!

Scouters in Action: He saved the boy before the car exploded!

“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 guidelines, as...

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Learn how to create a fire by friction

Learn how to create a fire by friction

What type of fire warms twice? The friction fire! A friction fire not only keeps you warm once you get it going, but it also gets you warm while you’re trying to make the fire. If you find yourself without matches, it’s important to know other fire-starting methods,...

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Strike a chord with the Music merit badge

Strike a chord with the Music merit badge

After the Omaha Symphony’s family concert last March, most musicians headed home or to dinner, or perhaps to a freelance gig. Not assistant principal bassist Bill Ritchie. The longtime Scouter walked down the hall to teach the Music merit badge alongside principal...

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Repel the elements with these rain jackets

Repel the elements with these rain jackets

If you’re looking for the most affordable high-performance rain jacket, the REI Drypoint GTX ($249) might be just what you ordered. Constructed with Gore-Tex Active three-layer membrane, the Drypoint delivers solid protection in any weather, coupled with breathability...

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A path to earning the Hiking merit badge in a big city

A path to earning the Hiking merit badge in a big city

District chairman and former Scoutmaster Mike DiTrani has completed five Philmont treks and frequently hikes in the Adirondacks, but some of his favorite hiking happens much closer to his Staten Island home. “Urban hiking turns sidewalks into trails,” he says....

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