Scouting magazine

Give one of these gifts to a hard-working volunteer

Nothing says “thank you” like a small token of appreciation, particularly during the gift-giving season.

Pair these affordable outdoorsy items with a handwritten thank-you note, and you’re on your way to showing gratitude to the volunteers who help make the Scouting programs great.

Savory Snack: KRAVE Jerky

Help a fellow Scouter avoid a hangry moment on the trail. Choose from pork, turkey, chicken and beef, seasoned with one of eight unique flavors — from black cherry barbecue, honey habanero, basil citrus and more. The high-quality jerky comes in KRAVE Jerky pouches, bars or sticks. Delicious! Starting at $6.

Bright Idea: Luminoodle Light Rope

Hang this string of LED lights from your tent, above a picnic table or from the back of your car trunk while unloading cargo. The universal ties, magnet system and utility loop (all included) make this lighting system incredibly versatile. Plus, the nylon carry bag doubles as a lantern bag that diffuses light. Works with any USB port or universal battery pack. Available in 5- and 10-foot strands. Starting at $20.

Tea to Go: Cusa Tea

Tuck a packet of this instant tea in your pocket and enjoy with hot or cold water. We tested this tea during a hot summer hike with ice-cold mountain stream water, and
it was as though we’d ordered a glass of refreshing afternoon iced tea. No steeping tea bags required! $10 per box of 10 servings.

Lid Lifter: Pack Run Cap

Don’t let your favorite baseball cap get crushed by the gear in your pack. The Buff Pack Run Cap can be rolled, folded and fully collapsed for easy storage. The brim snaps back into shape and provides lightweight sun protection when you need it most. $32.

Breath Saver: Pumphouse Ultra

The next time you go to air up your sleeping pad, reach for this creation from Big Agnes. Fill with air, attach to sleeping pad in-valve and squeeze. When not in use, the bag doubles as a stuff sack, dry bag, pillow and backcountry shower. $35. Compatible with standard-sized, traditional valves.

Fire Starter: Easy Spark Tinders

Stash a few of these lightweight fire starters by Zippo in your kit for emergencies — or those evenings when Scouts can’t quite seem to get their campfire ablaze. The wax-coated compressed cotton will ignite even in the worst conditions, making you everyone’s hero. $6 for 10 in resealable package.

Beverage Booster: Kickbak

This stainless-steel tumbler by Camelbak keeps beverages icy cold for up to 8 hours or piping hot for up to 4 — without a sky-high price tag. We love that the sleek design and splash-proof lid make this cup suitable for your morning commute or stowing in a side pocket of your backpack. $28.