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Outdoor Gear Review: Headlamps and Light Sources

It can be hard finding the right gear for your Scouts' upcoming outdoor adventure. There are so many options available, but how do you know which one is best? It can be helpful to...

Leave No Trace While Cold Weather Camping

When it comes to leaving no trace, winter conditions bring challenges. In my home council, at our Camp Maple Dell, for example, we've held weekly Klondike Derbies every winter for years. At these district-sponsored events, campers arrived...

Rock Climbing Safety Moment

The Climbing Merit Badge was created in 1997 as growing numbers of young people began to get interested in the excitement and challenge of rock climbing. The proliferation of gyms and facilities also made...
Neil Armstrong First Man

What ‘First Man’ Missed – How Scouting Built a Young Neil Armstrong into a...

The first man on the Moon. Only one person can claim that title-Neil Alden Armstrong.  On July 21st, 1969 at 02:56:15 (GMT), Neil was the first person to step foot on the Moon. While he...

These Ghoulish Adventures Are a MUST for Scouts this Halloween

Halloween is hands down one of the funnest holidays of the year. You get candy, parties, Harry Potter marathons, tricks, and the best decor around. Take advantage of the spooky excitement and make your...

Your Guide to Hammock Camping – Thinking Outside of the Tent

Hammock camping has become a thing! It is not just popular in the Scouting community but in most outdoor circles. On my last backpacking trip, I’d estimate that close to half of the 350...
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Mars Reaches Closest Point to Earth: See the Red Planet Up-Close and Earn the...

At 3:50 am the morning of July 31, Mars reached its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The planet hasn't been this close to Earth since August 2003! And when this last approach...
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Don’t Miss the First Ever National Shooting Sports Conference at the Summit

Join us at the National Shooting Sports Conference to see and experience shooting sports programs first hand, plus learn how these programs can help you grow membership. Shooting sports can attract and retain youth in...
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Cool Off at Great Basin National Park

Have you ever thought how much you would like to get away from the heat during the summer?  Well give a thought to Great Basin National Park.  It is located in Nevada, not too...
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The Story of the Lost Girl Rangers

In October 2017, an announcement from the BSA stated that it would begin accepting girls as Cub and Eagle Scouts for the first time in its 107-year history. The media trumpeted that the gender barrier was...