About our cover:
Strolling upright through a guided tour of a "show cave" requires little exertion. But for the Scouts of Troop 109, a trip through a "wild cave" meant an adventure of a lifetime. The Scouts, like Kyle Combes (pictured), squeezed through Arizona's Crystal Cave and found some unforgettable sights inside. Join freelance writer Michael Rutland as we explore these amazing underground caverns -- and experience the bumps along the way.
Cover photograph by Vince Heptig.
In the October 2008 Issue
- Mixed Messages
- From video games to the Internet to TV, a deluge of messages bombards kids each day. That makes the task of teaching them media literacy even more important.
- Unlocking a Magical World
- Troop 109's long-awaited trip inside the mysterious, wonderful world of caves almost came crumbling down when leaders couldn't find the key to get inside.
- Shut Down the Parental ATM
- Kiplinger's Janet Bodnar dispenses some free advice on how to teach your kids the value of a dollar and how they can budget their cash.
- Here's to Your Health
- At the Scout-Aid Exposition, New York Scouts learned firsthand about dealing with disabilities and disease in a twist on the typical weekend camporee.
- Paths of Glory
- Scouts on bicycles weaved through the statues and battlefields of Gettysburg in an experience that featured reenactors, black-powder rifles, and huge cannons.
- OA Scoutreach Mentoring Program
- Young Scouts get a taste of the Scouting spectrum from mentors who teach them the fun of adventure and basic camping skills.