Boy Scouts FOR SPARTA at 2017 Jamboree

Eight months ago, Jamboree was nothing more than a brand of nail stickers to me. But then, I started working for Boy Scouts of America assisting with Jamboree preparation, gaining insights but never a...

What Makes The Canopy the Most Intense Activity at Jamboree?

"Oh help me," one Scout prays before he jumps off a platform high in the canopy of the West Virginia forest. Bruce Henriksen, a guide at the Canopy at the National Jamboree says this...
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I Waited for Years to Go to Jamboree!

Today, after 53 years of hoping to go, I am finally at the National Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit Reserve with our blog's team. Never mind that I am no longer a boy and...

Take On the Silver Moccasins Trail Challenge

Awhile ago I wrote a short article which included facts about Baden-Powell.  I mentioned that in California there was a mountain peak which is named after Lord Baden-Powell. The peak was cleared and a...

Great Food Suggestions for a Long-term Trek

I think food is the most difficult part of a long term trek. Many places now require that anything edible must be put in bear canisters. You need to really check out your trail...

Author Nixes Compensation Hoping Free Novel Draws Youth Outdoors

Cliff Jacobson felt concerned for years about a high percentage of grey-haired individuals. He didn't mind that they actively read his outdoor how-to books and adventured outside. He minded that the youngsters didn't. Instead, kids spend...

A Scout is… A NINJA!

You may recall reading last year about the American Ninja Warrior adventure of David Peterson, the Dis­trict Direc­tor for the Utah Nation­al Parks Coun­cil in St. George. Well, hold onto your throwing stars, Dave...

What’s Happening in West Virginia This Summer?

As a young man, I can remember my first large Scouting gathering. On Vancouver Island, Canada, we had a large Regional Jamboree that brought together hundreds of boys from all over the province. You...

Preparing for a Long-Term Trek

A long term trek might be up to 50 miles, and many reach altitudes of over 10,000 feet. These “high adventure trails” are not for just anyone. They require training for both leaders and...

Tips for Scouts When Hiking and Camping in Bear Country

Did you know that black bears are found in all 50 states?  Some quick bear facts: They are extremely intelligent, have a great sense of smell (70 times better than ours). They can see colors....