Scouting Skills on the Appalachian Trail

Growing up in Virginia is any outdoorsman's dream. The abundant rivers, streams, and shoreline provide endless activities. The mountains to the west hold endless possibilities. Shenandoah National Park sits right among Virginia's mountains. It...

How Scout Camp Can Help Youth Reach New Heights

"We're here to give boys confidence and introduce them to things that they don't normally do in their normal life, " says Ben Cahoon, the leader of a Scout group in Highland, Utah....

Scouting Reminds Me of My Dad

When I think of Scouting, I think of my Dad. I remember sitting around the campfire at night with the other boys, listening to my Dad tell ghost stories. The pines reached the sky...

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...

BSA Safety Safety Share: Swimming

Learning to swim and engage in aquatic activities are core parts of the Scouting program. More than 1.25 million aquatics-related merit badges have been earned by Boy Scouts since 2009, and the reason so...

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

This article is sponsored by BarebonesLiving.com 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...

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...