Why do kids join Scouting? To go camping! It's the promise of campfires, sleeping in tents, and challenging outdoor adventures that get young people really excited, and Scouting magazine's "Take Your Camera to Camp" photo contest captures that spirit.
Readers submitted more than a thousand contest entries, with photographs ranging from Cub Scout family camping to summer camp aquatics fun to a subzero high-adventure trek in the Adirondack Mountains.
Jay Palmer's grand-prize winner shows a young Scout making observation notes for his Environmental Science merit badge. Palmer, a professional photographer in Webster, N.Y., took the picture while attending summer camp with his son, a Tenderfoot. It was one shot in a photo essay about camp that was later presented at a Troop 116 court of honor.
Judges for the contest were Scouting magazine staff members John R. Fulton Jr., photo editor; Lory M. Taylor, assistant photo editor; Elizabeth Hardaway Morgan, senior art director; Jon Halter, editor, and Scott Daniels, executive editor. Prizewinners received BSA Supply Division gift certificates in the following amounts: Grand Prize$400; First Place$300; Second Place$200; Third Place$100; Honorable Mention$25.
Look for details about Scouting magazine's "Great Tastes in Camp Cooking" recipe contest in the May-June issue.
Joe Collins, a Second Class Scout in Troop 143, Duluth, Ga., works on his Environmental Science merit badge while attending Camp Mountaineer in New York's Adirondack Park.
Brother Dwight Kenney, S.C.,
Each year the boys at Camp Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Miss., have a contest to see who can become the best "mudmen" at a particularly gooey spot along Hickory Creek near Picayune, Miss.
Young Sam Wright enjoys a quiet moment in his family's tent during Pack 382's fall camp-out in Jacobson Park, Ky.
Pack 411 Cub Scouts proudly display the wooden train engines they made during last summer's Camp Belzer day camp in Indianapolis, Ind.
A double rainbow is Bryan Hazelett's reward at the Tooth of Time Ridge following a 10-mile hike on the next-to-last day of his summer '99 trek at Philmont Scout Ranch.
William F. Earley Jr.,
The temperature is minus 10 degrees as members of Troop 610, Hamden, Conn., descend on snowshoes from the summit of Porter Mountain near Keene Valley, N.Y. This year marks the troop's 16th annual winter high-adventure trip in the Adirondack Mountains.
Campers wrestle for possession of a greased watermelon during the Water Carnival festivities at Lost Lake Scout Reservation in Michigan.
Alan Smith salutes the colors during a morning flag-raising at the Cherokee Area Council's Skymont Scout Reservation, located on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau.
Troop 317 Scouts stand tall after winning the Top Troop Award at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation for the week of June 20-26, 1999.
A "group hug" bolsters the spirits of Scouts attending the Greater New York Council's Brooklyn-Staten Island jamboree.
Fish for dinner! Brian Treutler's catch provides a welcome change from freeze-dried food for Troop 37 Scouts during their summer canoe trek in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota.
Tiger Cub Chris Brown of Pack 62 traverses a rope bridge constructed by Troop 65 Boy Scouts at the Long Beach Area Council Scout-O-Rama Show and Explorer Expo in Heartwell Park.
Leif Olsen gives a good-bye hug to his new friend, Mitigwa Scout Reservation staffer Jeremey Marshall, at the camp's final campfire.
Tiger Cub Ryan Buchholz waits for friends to arrive at his tent during the Cub- Parent Weekend at John M. Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River, Long Island, N.Y.
At Northwoods Scout Reservation near West Branch, Mich., Scouts Gary Robinaugh, left, and Ben Wheeler try out the camp kayaks.
Scouts Matthew Schumpf (front boat, left) and J. P. Warren (on stomach in front boat) compete in a crazy, hand-paddled canoe race during Yawgoog Scout Reservation's Water Carnival in Rockville, R.I.
On Kerr Lake near the North Carolina-Virginia border, Life Scout Buzz Wilkinson zooms into a turn aboard a hydroslide. Troop 29's annual father-son camp-out features boating, swimming, and water-related merit badge work.
Grant Plaxton, left, and Joe Dontz, members of Troop 767, settle into their home away from home at Camp Greilick on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
In this self-timed photo, Star Scout Chase Allen goes "rump bumping" down the rapids of Webster Brook at the Maine High Adventure Camp near Whiting, Maine.
The shimmering waters of Laurel Lake in Yosemite National Park rejuvenate Troop 22 Scouts after a steep, daylong hike with many switchbacks.
Wolf Cub Scouts Will Bogardus, Andre Boudreaux, Travis Foxhall, and Christopher Dismuke do their best to start a cook fire during Pack 266's fall camp-out at Sam Houston State Park.
Varsity Scout Josh Hymas braces for the inevitable as his kayak capsizes in the rapids of Idaho's Salmon River.
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