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Make Your Valentine a Red Velvet Pear Dutch Oven Upside-Down Cake

This weekend we modified an old camp recipe substituting red velvet cake for chocolate. Imagine our pleasant surprise when the pears each absorbed the red from the cake mix making each pear its own heart; this...

History of the Scout Klondike Derby

Do you know the song “We’re Going North, the Rush is On?” In 1897 gold was discovered in the Klondike area of northwest Canada. It lies just to the east of Alaska. Over 100,000...

Girls were already Boy Scouts long before the change in this Maryland town

In Chevy Chase, Maryland, Boy Scout Troop 52 gathered to plan a trip to Shenandoah National Park. The Troop discussed what food to bring, what clothes to wear and the expected elevation of their...

Register Now for Northern Tiers 2018 Program

Are you looking for something exciting summer 2019? Mark your calendars for Northern Tier's online lottery open beginning at 9:00 AM CST Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 until 11:59 PM CST Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. For...

Safety Moment: Propane Stoves

Years ago in Scouting, we had to talk a lot more about chemical fuels and equipment, but these days most Scouters I know have moved to propane. In this post, we will consider some...

Bigfoot Sightings in Utah Bring Campfire Stories Alive

Utah Stories inspired me to explore the mysteries of bigfoot, or sasquatch, a common myth of the forests. Utah Stories was started in 2006 "to foster connections between communities and local business" through storytelling news....
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Dutch Oven Dump Cake Cobbler, Mastered!

Taken with permission from Mark's Black Pot on Saturday, January 21, 2012. From our example in the video above you can see just what Mark means. Let me make a confession:  I’ve never really liked to...
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After Scoutmaster Basic Training, What’s Next?

Last Spring BSA announced online training for all Scouting programs on BSA's Learn Center. Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Team Coaches and their assistants must must complete leader specific training online or from their district or council...

Understanding Altitude Sickness May Save Your Life

On August 5th, 2017 a 17-year-old boy from Salem, Utah— who would have celebrated his 18th birthday on August 6th, passed away from acute mountain sickness (AMS) while on a Scout high-adventure trip to the...

Physical and Mental Benefits of Camping—And Why Safety Matters

The benefits of camping for Scouts and all others are well-documented, and they are not exaggerated. Getting out into the great outdoors brings with it mental and physical health benefits, but camping provides much...