Aquatics

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.

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Backpacking & Hiking

Leave No Trace: Share the Responsibility

The Boy Scouts of America plays a significant and fundamental role in introducing millions of youth to the out-of-doors, a critical task among a generation increasingly disconnecting from the natural world.

Winter Sport Safety Guidelines
Camping Advice and Tips

Play safe in the snow

Use these guidelines to help you and your Scouts stay safe while participating in snow sports this winter.

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.

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.

Backpacking & Hiking

Don't Get Sick on the Trail

Four factors loom large in illnesses when you’re hiking — poor judgment, inclement weather, inadequate clothing, and faulty gear.

Camping

Outdoor Smarts: The Skin Game

Want to play it safe when enjoying fun-in-the-sun Scouting this summer? Here’s how to protect your body from harmful, cancer-causing UV rays.