Aquatics

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?

Camping Advice and Tips

Secrets for improvising in the out-of-doors

Why do I love camping? In spite of the obvious reasons, there’s always something new to learn. No one has a monopoly on good ideas, even those who’ve spent a lifetime outdoors. Here are some tricks I’ve stolen from friends and acquaintances.

Backpacking & Hiking

Hiking North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Consisting of 70,447 acres of rugged topography, of which nearly half is designated wilderness, Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers some of the best national park solitude south of Alaska. More than 100 miles of hiking trails wind through the park’s three units.

Boy Scout Leadership

How to deal with an unruly parent

Chartered Organization Representative J.S. has a problem: A troop parent is constantly badmouthing the Scoutmaster (who J.S. thinks is doing a great job). He is looking for ways to rein in this unruly parent.

Camping

Connecting Cub Scouts to their new pack

Units like Pack 160 in Burton, Mich., know how to both recruit and retain members. The secret, says Cubmaster Julie Rencsak, is to get families to camp as quickly as possible.

Camping

How to help inexperienced Scouts with a fear of camping

Longtime Scouters say you can’t take the outing out of Scouting, but some Scouts would be happy to try. While most kids take to camping like dogs take to car rides, others consider sleeping in a tent (at night! in the dark!) to be nothing short of cruel and unusual punishment.

Advancement & Awards

How your Venturers can earn the Ranger Award

Nothing attracts young people to Venturing as much as the outdoors and high adventure, and nothing demonstrates a Venturer’s outdoor expertise as much as the Ranger Award.