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....

Three Main Courses for Cinco de Mayo Dutch Oven Cooking

Some of my most fond memories as a scout were the dutch oven meals we cooked as a patrol. The month of May meant the snow in the mountains was melting, and we could...

Why Wilderness First Aid?

More than 45 years ago, before Scouting recommended Wilderness First Aid, I was an Army Reservist training to be a combat field medic. Our unit was a general hospital on ready alert to leave...

Scouting U Online Training Now Available

In early April, BSA announced the completion of online training for unit leaders. This doesn't mean group training is going away. However, adding this service gives you access at any time to get trained....

BSA Announces Termination of Tour and Activity Plan Process

Saturday, April 1st, 2017, the Tour and Activity Plan process was discontinued following a cross-functional team's evaluation of the BSA's Tour and Activity Plan. While the process is discontinued the program of the BSA...
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Managing Risk in Slot Canyons

Basic Safety Checklist DOs  Check in at visitor centers/contact stations and obtain permits Check in before hiking out!  Get the latest weather information  Become familiar with the terrain and know your escape routes  Be aware...

After Wood Badge, Now What?

Wood Badge is one of those experiences that's hard to explain, but you can never forget. It's just one of those culminating moments where you feel like you are in the right place at...
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Pizza Pie for π (Pi) Day

Today is Pi Day; March 14, 3.14. Around the Scout office it means we chow down on pie from Village Inn, but I got this new Dutch oven gadget set and want to try out the inverted...

Our Relentless Quest to Conquer Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier from the northwest by Stan Shebs, via Creative Commons license. My friend Karl and I grew up in and are still active in Scouting. Scouting’s principles, the patrol method and the virtues of “doing...

10 Tips to Dodge Drowsy Driving

Signs of Drowsy Driving Your eyes are burning, feel strained, or are involuntarily going out of focus and closing. Your head nods or you can’t stop yawning. You have wandering thoughts and daydreams. You’re...

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