Aquatics

Rev up summer plans with personal watercraft

Read how a personal watercraft program can help rev up your Scouts’ summer plans.

Boy Scout activities

Learn how outdoor 'free play' helps Scouts grow

Scouting offers an ideal opportunity to restore some sanity to childhood. All we have to do is remember the words of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, who wrote: “Play is the first great educator.”

Backpacking & Hiking

Backpacking advice from explorer Andrew Skurka

Here’s what the world’s best-known long‑distance hiker, Andrew Skurka, can teach you about leading your Scouts on a day hike—or a 100-miler.

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Backpacking & Hiking

Scouters’ advice on how to encourage slower hikers

What do you do when a Scout is struggling during a group hike? Scouters’ share their tried-and-true tips on encouraging a slower hiker.

Backpacking and hiking

A Scouter’s guide to teaching Leave No Trace ethics

Old school or not, any Scouter can—and should—get up to speed by learning, practicing, and teaching Leave No Trace behaviors. Here’s how.

Boy Scout activities

Colorado Scouts show their "wall power" in ice-climbing weekend

Inching up a seven-story sheet of ice would give most anyone a cold rush of anxiety. But if these Scouts and Scouters make it to the top, they’ll know they’ve found their “Wall Power.”

Boy Scout activities

SummitCorps builds a trail to the future

Breaking rocks. Raking roots. Digging dirt. All in a day’s work for Order of the Arrow volunteers during last summer’s trail-building program for the National Park Service. But what they really built was something much bigger.