How Sustainability in Scouting can take “Leave No Trace” To the Next Level

Sustainability has always been in the BSA's DNA, although it hasn't always been called that. Since the times of Baden-Powell, Scouts have strived to follow a strict code of outdoor ethics. The father of...

Reach your Highest Popcorn Sales Yet With These 6 Kernels of Knowledge

It’s nearly Fall, and that means it’s time for Scouts to sell popcorn to help fund all the fun activities planned for the coming year. Many non-Scouts out there love popcorn and often want...

How Scouting helps with Anxiety Disorders

We all experience some anxiety when faced with new and challenging events in our lives, and that is not bad. The hormones released in mild anxiety sharpen our senses and make us more able...
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How To Celebrate Flag Day with Scouts of Every Age

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777.  The week of June 14 (June 11–17,...
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Ultralight Backpacking for the Beginner

Every outdoorsman knows what backpacking is and has probably had a few of their own experiences in the backcountry. But, Ultralight Backpacking is a different beast with not as wide of use as the...

Developing Youth Leaders

"Boy Scouts is a youth-led, youth-run organization..." The Boy Scouts of America strongly supports youth leadership within its units. In fact, "Leadership Development" is one of the traits Scouting is based on. So, how do...

Celebrate Earth Day the Solar Way

Ten days ago we built a personal hot dog solar roaster from a chip canister. Recent snow was still melting that day, but the clouds thinned and it was 63°F outdoors. Spring in Utah...

How to Wood Carve with Scouts for Beginners

Whether you're new to Scouting or seasoned, it's no secret that Scouts love wood carving! If you attend any camp, you'll see more than one Scout carving wood. Not only is it popular, it...

Boots vs Hiking Shoes

For a whole decade, after I got mine, nothing beat my old leather army boots.If your grandmother (or worse your mother) wore hiking boots, these are not those boots and they they aren't mine...

Join Other Scouters Who Make Youth Protection Matter

The BSA's brand new version of Youth Protection Training rolled out March 1, 2018. This new program, known as YPT-2, is mandatory for all registered BSA volunteers and employees. Because of the changes to...