Boy Scout activities

Debunking myths about the outdoors

Don’t let those tall tales told around a campfire confuse you. We shine some truth on 10 myths about the outdoors often misquoted.

Campground Cooking

Winning Recipes for Campfire Cuisine

We pick the top entrĂ©es, side dishes, and desserts from nearly 350 reader entries in Scouting magazine’s “Camp Food Favorites” recipe contest.

Backpacking & Hiking

Havasu Heaven

Scouts from Albuquerque Troop 166 hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and camp in a tropical paradise set between towering waterfalls.

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Backpacking & Hiking

First Trail

A well-planned weekend “mini-trek” introduces younger Scouts to backpacking and leaves them looking forward to high adventure programs reserved for older Scouts.

Backpacking and hiking

Outdoor Smarts Camp Stoves

What are you looking for in a cookstove? Blowtorch heat, delicate simmering, or a variety of fuel options? Check out these models for backpacking chefs or campground gourmets.

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Health

Wilderness First Aid: Ready for the Worst

Keeping healthy and following basic safety measures help avoid tragedies on the trail, but when accidents do occur, specialized first-aid skills can make all the difference.