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....
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The Summit—it’s Not Just for Jamboree

People are familiar with Boy Scouts of America's Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). They know that every four years they can head up there for Jamboree. But, what is it used for the rest of the time? The...
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Caving, Canyoneering, COPE and Climbing Guidelines for Scouts and Venturers

BSA's  Outdoor Program website recently released caving and canyoneering guidelines and has become an even better resource for COPE and Climbing program information. At this website, you can find the following information: RECENTLY UPDATED! Belay On....

Non-Technical Slot Canyons

Red Hollow by Adam Provance yourhikeguide.com A slot canyon begins as a hairline crack in rock, which is beaten upon by rapidly flowing water until it becomes larger. Finally, over a vast period of time,...