Travel to East Texas' Big Thicket National Preserve

Deep in the eastern part of the Lone Star State, about 250 miles east of Austin, lies a vast, tangled quilt of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow, bog, blackwater swamp, and arid sandhills appropriately called the Big Thicket.

Boy Scout activities

A backstage pass to the World Scout Jamboree

After reading Senior Editor Bryan Wendell’s first-person account of the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden, check out more great World Jamboree content below. First, watch this exclusive video: Then catch up on Bryan’s blog


Canoe race teaches teamwork and skills

The competition might be fierce between paddlers in this 120-mile race. But the White River Showdown also teaches camaraderie — an not just with your buddy in the canoe.


Whitewater rafting safety tips that may save a Scout or Scouter’s life

You’re whitewater rafting down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho when you approach a Class IV rapid. Midway through the rapid, you fall out and become separated from your craft. You’re wearing a helmet and PFD, but you need to act quickly before you’re seriously injured. What do you do?


Ground Rules: From Nose to Toes

Canoe-trip packing tips for the persistent paddler.


Survive This: That Sinking Feeling

While whitewater canoeing, a hole appears in the bottom of your canoe. How do you repair your craft and get back in the water?


Trail Tips: The Route Stuff

Grab your paddle and head for the St. Regis Canoe Area in Adirondack Park, N.Y.


Different Strokes for Canoeing Folks

Once you’ve mastered these five basic canoeing maneuvers, you’ll be able to navigate flat-water lakes and gently flowing rivers.


The Missinaibi: A Wilderness River Journey

Boy Scouts and Venturers overcome low water, long portages, and fierce headwinds to follow the French voyageurs’ historic trade route into northernmost Ontario, Canada.