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  1. Cicadas: Making Summer Magical

    The cicada's rhythmic, ear-splitting sound is a sure sign of summer.

    "Cicadas: Making Summer Magical" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  2. How Do You Prevent and Treat Chigger Bites?

    Q: What are red bugs or chiggers and how do you treat their bites?

    "How Do You Prevent and Treat Chigger Bites?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  3. What Can I Do To Avoid Bugs When Camping?

    Q: I don’t like camping when there are a lot of bugs. What can I do?

    "What Can I Do To Avoid Bugs When Camping?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  4. Stuff We Like: 5.11 Ferro Knife

    Don’t have a piece of flint to start a fire? No worries if you have the 5.11 Ferro Knife.

    "Stuff We Like: 5.11 Ferro Knife" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  5. How to Communicate Underwater When Scuba Diving

    When you’re scuba diving, you obviously can’t talk to others underwater. That’s why it’s important to know hand signals.

    "How to Communicate Underwater When Scuba Diving" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  6. Good Replacement for an Old Lantern?

    Q: I need to replace my old lantern. Any suggestions?

    "Good Replacement for an Old Lantern?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  7. How to Buy Snorkeling Gear for an Underwater Adventure

    Explore beneath the water's surface with this recommended snorkeling gear.

    "How to Buy Snorkeling Gear for an Underwater Adventure" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  8. How to Overcome Nervousness About First Campout

    I’m nervous about my first overnight campout. How should I handle it?

    "How to Overcome Nervousness About First Campout" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  9. Bobcats Are the Cats in Camo

    These magnificent mammals are superb at hiding and stalking.

    "Bobcats Are the Cats in Camo" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  10. How to Treat Your Water to Stay Healthy in the Backcountry

    Getting sick when you're camping stinks. Treating your water is one of the best ways to stay healthy.

    "How to Treat Your Water to Stay Healthy in the Backcountry" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  11. Which Fire Starter Should I Choose?

    Q: What’s a decently priced fire starter?

    "Which Fire Starter Should I Choose?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  12. Stuff We Like: Chaco Ramble Puff

    Chaco uses fleece to line its Ramble Puff shoes, helping your feet stay toasty and comfy.

    "Stuff We Like: Chaco Ramble Puff" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  13. Protect Your Head With These Functional, Fashionable Hats

    Pick a hat that looks and feels good to you and is ideal for the conditions where you’ll wear it.

    "Protect Your Head With These Functional, Fashionable Hats" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  14. How to Prevent Fire Damage When Building a Campfire

    Heat from a campfire can char the ground, blacken rocks and sterilize soil.

    "How to Prevent Fire Damage When Building a Campfire" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  15. Which Socks Are Best for Cold, Wet Weather?

    Q: When my socks get wet, they stop feeling warm. What kind should I buy for cold, wet weather?

    "Which Socks Are Best for Cold, Wet Weather?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  16. 5 Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites

    Mosquitoes are annoying, and they can be dangerous, too. Here's how to keep them away.

    "5 Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  17. Is It OK to Eat Snow?

    There's a beautiful layer of freshly fallen snow in your backyard. Is it OK to grab a handful and take a bite?

    "Is It OK to Eat Snow?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  18. How Do You Use a Tent Footprint?

    Q: My tent came with a footprint. How do you use one?

    "How Do You Use a Tent Footprint?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  19. Stuff We Like: Near Zero Dean

    The 50-liter backpack unzips like a suitcase, giving you easy access to your gear.

    "Stuff We Like: Near Zero Dean" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  20. Use a Dutch Oven to Make Philmont Ranger Cobbler

    Dutch ovens make baking at camp easy. Here’s how to make a delicious peach cobbler.

    "Use a Dutch Oven to Make Philmont Ranger Cobbler" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  21. Where Can I Find Cheaper Gear?

    Q: What is the best option for buying cheaper gear?

    "Where Can I Find Cheaper Gear?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  22. How to Make a DIY Survival Kit

    This 2-pound kit could save your life for at least three days in the wild.

    "How to Make a DIY Survival Kit" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  23. How to Gear Up for Winter

    Stay warm and Be Prepared for camping in the cold.

    "How to Gear Up for Winter" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  24. How to Watch Out for Avalanches in Snowy, Mountainous Terrain

    Avalanches are a serious concern for all travelers whose outings take them into snowy, mountainous regions.

    "How to Watch Out for Avalanches in Snowy, Mountainous Terrain" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  25. Where to Find an Inexpensive and Comfortable Daypack

    Q: I’m looking for a comfortable daypack that’s less than $120.

    "Where to Find an Inexpensive and Comfortable Daypack" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  26. Watch Out, Bug! These Plants Are Hungry

    We don’t usually think of plants as predators, but some plants do eat insects and other small creatures. Since they can’t chase prey, these carnivorous (meat-eating) plants have developed some clever strategies to capture their food. Of the hundreds of thousands of plant species, there are only about 800 that are carnivorous. They typically grow in wetlands or forests where soils are wet for at least part of the year. These soils are often poor in nutrients, so plants that get much of their energy from sunlight through photosynthesis need to supplement their diet with insects and other prey. VENUS FLYTRAPS The Venus flytrap is probably the most famous carnivorous plant. Native only to a small area in coastal North and South Carolina, it has been established elsewhere in the U.S. Despite the name, Venus flytraps eat mostly spiders; crawling insects like ants; and smaller amounts of beetles, grasshoppers and other insects. The Venus flytrap’s hinged “snap traps” are leaves that look like little clams with big eyelashes. The inner surfaces are bright red to purple (to attract insects) and have tiny hairlike projections called “cilia.” When triggered by a bug, the cilia cause the two lobes of the trap [...]

    "Watch Out, Bug! These Plants Are Hungry" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  27. How to Sharpen a Pocketknife

    Q: How do I keep my pocketknife sharp?

    "How to Sharpen a Pocketknife" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  28. Stuff We Like: Voltaic OffGrid

    Buying a backpack and separate solar charging system can get expensive. So why not get them together?

    "Stuff We Like: Voltaic OffGrid" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  29. How to Buy a Good Pocketknife or Multitool

    Keep sharp in your Scouting endeavors with the right knife or multitool for the job.

    "How to Buy a Good Pocketknife or Multitool" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  30. Every Packing List Starts With the 10 Scout Basic Outdoor Essentials

    Every packing list starts with these items. They're called "Scouting Outdoor Essentials" for a reason.

    "Every Packing List Starts With the 10 Scout Basic Outdoor Essentials" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  31. How to Use a Compass to Orient a Map and Find Your Way

    You can use a map and compass to figure out which direction you're facing.

    "How to Use a Compass to Orient a Map and Find Your Way" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  32. Good Sleeping Bag for a Cub Scout?

    Q: I’m going on my first campout with my Cub Scout pack. What’s a good sleeping bag to get?

    "Good Sleeping Bag for a Cub Scout?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  33. Stuff We Like: Flextail Tiny Pump

    This air pump can inflate or deflate your sleeping pad while lighting up your tent at the same time.

    "Stuff We Like: Flextail Tiny Pump" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  34. Would You Go Camping in One of These 13 Intense Tents?

    Check out this photo gallery of crazy, futuristic, unusual and awesome tents. Which is your favorite?

    "Would You Go Camping in One of These 13 Intense Tents?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  35. How to Safely Cross a Stream

    Crossing a body of water presents some hazards. So before you just wade in, consider several factors.

    "How to Safely Cross a Stream" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  36. Tent or Tarp? How to Pick the Right Camping Shelter

    Whether you pick a tent or tarp, these shelters will guard you from the elements.

    "Tent or Tarp? How to Pick the Right Camping Shelter" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  37. How to Make a Solar-Powered Oven for Outdoor Cooking

    Take outdoor cooking to the next level with this homemade solar cooker.

    "How to Make a Solar-Powered Oven for Outdoor Cooking" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  38. Should I Get a Single-Blade or a Swiss Army Knife?

    Q: I am looking for a new pocketknife. Should I get a single-blade or a Swiss Army knife?

    "Should I Get a Single-Blade or a Swiss Army Knife?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  39. Discover the Cool, Unusual Horned Lizard

    What's that strange-looking creature? It's a horned lizard, one of the most unusual reptiles in the U.S.

    "Discover the Cool, Unusual Horned Lizard" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  40. How To Purify Water on a Long Trek?

    Q: What should I use to purify water on a long trek?

    "How To Purify Water on a Long Trek?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  41. Stuff We Like: Coast HX5 Flashlight

    Simply slide the flashlight's head forward or back with your finger to create a flood beam or a focused beam.

    "Stuff We Like: Coast HX5 Flashlight" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  42. How to Buy Good Sunglasses

    Sunglasses can look cool, but first they should protect your eyes.

    "How to Buy Good Sunglasses" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  43. Where To Find Comfortable and Affordable Hiking Boots?

    Q: I’m looking for comfortable hiking boots that are affordable and waterproof.

    "Where To Find Comfortable and Affordable Hiking Boots?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  44. How to Safely Use a Life Jacket

    Life Jackets are designed to keep you safe. These personal flotation devices are essential equipment whenever you're on the water.

    "How to Safely Use a Life Jacket" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  45. How to Escape From a Rip Current

    When caught in a rip current, don't panic and don't exhaust yourself trying to swim against the current. Here's what to do.

    "How to Escape From a Rip Current" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  46. Reach, Throw, Row, Go! Learn the 4 Water Rescue Techniques

    Learn an easy way to remember the four water rescues that can be used to save someone's life in an emergency.

    "Reach, Throw, Row, Go! Learn the 4 Water Rescue Techniques" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  47. Get Your Bicycle Ready and Grab This Gear to Go Bikepacking

    Bikepacking is a camping trip you take on your bike. Here's what you need to get started.

    "Get Your Bicycle Ready and Grab This Gear to Go Bikepacking" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  48. 3 Different Ways To Lay the Firewood for a Campfire

    You can arrange your firewood to get different results, depending on the weather and how you want to manage the fire.

    "3 Different Ways To Lay the Firewood for a Campfire" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  49. How To Stay Safe From Bears

    Bears can catch a scent miles away. That’s why you need to properly store your smellables when you’re in bear country.

    "How To Stay Safe From Bears" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  50. Why Does My Propane Stove Leave Soot on My Cookware?

    Q: Every time I use my propane stove, it leaves black soot all over my cookware. How can I stop this from happening?

    "Why Does My Propane Stove Leave Soot on My Cookware?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  51. Stuff We Like: Therm-a-Rest

    Sleeping pads provide cushioning to help you get a good night's sleep. Here are two of our favorites.

    "Stuff We Like: Therm-a-Rest" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  52. It’s Flight Time! Get Ready for the Incredible Spring Bird Migration

    Spring means it is time for the arrival of billions of birds from Mexico, Central America and South America.

    "It’s Flight Time! Get Ready for the Incredible Spring Bird Migration" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  53. How To Pick the Best Camp Chair for Any Outdoor Activity

    Here's how to find a comfy camp chair for whenever you need a rest.

    "How To Pick the Best Camp Chair for Any Outdoor Activity" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  54. How to Use Lashings to Build a Comfortable Camp Chair

    Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable camping chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

    "How to Use Lashings to Build a Comfortable Camp Chair" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  55. Why Is There a Sewing Kit in My Survival Kit?

    Q: The survival kit my parents gave me came with a little sewing kit. What is that for?

    "Why Is There a Sewing Kit in My Survival Kit?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  56. How To Take Aim Like Robin Hood With a Bow and Arrow

    Before shooting an arrow, go through the nine-step process of stance, nock, set, pre-draw, draw, anchor, aim, release and follow-through.

    "How To Take Aim Like Robin Hood With a Bow and Arrow" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  57. Be Courteous About Allergies in the Camp Kitchen

    Preparing camp meals with food allergies in mind keeps everyone safe and helps you make food everyone can enjoy.

    "Be Courteous About Allergies in the Camp Kitchen" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  58. How to Tie an Overhand Knot

    This simple knot can be used to prevent a rope from slipping through a pulley or hole, or to make a rope easier to grip.

    "How to Tie an Overhand Knot" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  59. What Backpack to Hold All My Stuff?

    Q: What backpack should I get to hold all my stuff?

    "What Backpack to Hold All My Stuff?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  60. Stuff We Like: Whiskware Snacking Containers

    The twist-on lids stay secure, keeping your gear (or snacks for the trail) from spilling.

    "Stuff We Like: Whiskware Snacking Containers" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  61. I Lost My Sunglasses. What Should I Get to Replace Them?

    Q: I lost my sunglasses on my troop's last campout. What should I get to replace them?

    "I Lost My Sunglasses. What Should I Get to Replace Them?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  62. How to Use a Sled to Make a Pulk for Backpacking in the Snow

    Not only are sleds fun, but they're also a great way to carry gear in winter.

    "How to Use a Sled to Make a Pulk for Backpacking in the Snow" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  63. Conversion Chart for Dutch Oven Cooking Times and Temperatures

    The amount of charcoal your Dutch oven needs will vary in order to reach the desired temperature.

    "Conversion Chart for Dutch Oven Cooking Times and Temperatures" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  64. What Are the Signs of Hypothermia and How Do You Treat It?

    Losing body heat happens in all seasons, and it can kill. Know the symptoms of hypothermia and how to treat them.

    "What Are the Signs of Hypothermia and How Do You Treat It?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  65. How to Buy a Great Headlamp or Flashlight

    The Gear Guy shines some light on which headlamp of flashlight to consider for your next outdoor adventure.

    "How to Buy a Great Headlamp or Flashlight" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  66. Take a Look at These 7 Wacky Flashlights

    Check out our fun photos of weird and unusual headlamps and flashlights.

    "Take a Look at These 7 Wacky Flashlights" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  67. How to Keep Your Head Warm in Cold Weather

    An uncovered head can leave you chilly, so it’s important to keep your noggin insulated in the winter.

    "How to Keep Your Head Warm in Cold Weather" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  68. Which Mess Kit Should I Buy?

    Q: There are so many mess kits out there. Help!

    "Which Mess Kit Should I Buy?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  69. Stuff We Like: Morakniv Scout 39

    Lightweight and handy, the Morakniv Scout 39 is a fixed-blade knife designed for beginners.

    "Stuff We Like: Morakniv Scout 39" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  70. Suggestions for a Good Sleeping Pad?

    Q: I need a good sleeping pad. What do you suggest?

    "Suggestions for a Good Sleeping Pad?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  71. Catching Air with Flying Squirrels

    The Nature Crew takes a look at the amazing flying squirrel.

    "Catching Air with Flying Squirrels" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  72. Scouts Get an Up-Close Look at Animals at These Fun Outings

    Go Scouting on the wild side with these awesome animal-focused activities.

    "Scouts Get an Up-Close Look at Animals at These Fun Outings" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  73. How to Tie the 7 Basic Scout Knots

    It's knot difficult. With our step-by-step videos, the seven basic Scout knots are easy to learn. Give them a tie!

    "How to Tie the 7 Basic Scout Knots" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  74. How to Choose a Safe and Comfortable Campsite

    Picking a place to camp isn’t always simple. Before setting up your tent, consider these nine factors.

    "How to Choose a Safe and Comfortable Campsite" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  75. How to Buy the Right Tent for Your Next Adventure

    Here are features to look for so you can choose the right tent for your trip.

    "How to Buy the Right Tent for Your Next Adventure" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  76. Savor These 4 Scout-Approved Sweet Treats

    Try these four tasty recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth on your next campout. Plus, send us your favorite dessert recipe!

    "Savor These 4 Scout-Approved Sweet Treats" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  77. Good Lights for Inside a Tent?

    Q: What is a good light source for inside a tent?

    "Good Lights for Inside a Tent?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  78. Stuff We Like: PackTowl

    Towels take up a lot of space in your backpack. Save that space for other gear by using a PackTowl.

    "Stuff We Like: PackTowl" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  79. How to Buy the Best Sleeping Bag

    A good sleeping bag can make the difference between comfort and a long, miserable night. Stay warm and comfy in one of these sleeping bags.

    "How to Buy the Best Sleeping Bag" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  80. How to Display and Fold the American Flag

    Here's how to properly honor and respect the flag of the United States.

    "How to Display and Fold the American Flag" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  81. Advice for Packing a Pillow When Camping?

    Q: Do you have advice for packing a pillow when camping?

    "Advice for Packing a Pillow When Camping?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  82. Any Tips for Setting up a Tent?

    Q: I always have trouble setting up my tent. Can you give me some tips?

    "Any Tips for Setting up a Tent?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  83. Are Freeze-Dried Meals Good for Backpacking?

    Q: Freeze-dried meals might be a good choice because they’re lightweight and provide nutrients. Which ones would you buy?

    "Are Freeze-Dried Meals Good for Backpacking?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  84. Stuff We Like: Owala FreeSip

    The Owala FreeSip water bottle gives you the option to drink from a straw or a spout.

    "Stuff We Like: Owala FreeSip" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  85. How to Buy a Safe and Comfortable Helmet

    Picking (and wearing) the right helmet can be a life or death decision. Here's how to buy a safe and comfortable helmet.

    "How to Buy a Safe and Comfortable Helmet" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  86. Take a Look at 6 of Nature’s Rarest Events

    From stinky flowers to rocks that seem to move themselves, count yourself lucky if you see these natural wonders.

    "Take a Look at 6 of Nature’s Rarest Events" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  87. Watch Out for These 5 Stinging Caterpillars

    Some tiny caterpillars can sting. Learn how to identify them and what to do if you get stung.

    "Watch Out for These 5 Stinging Caterpillars" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  88. How to Buy a Good Camping Air Mat or Sleeping Pad

    Get a good night's sleep with the Gear Guy's recommendation for camping air mats and sleeping pads.

    "How to Buy a Good Camping Air Mat or Sleeping Pad" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  89. Any Tips For Buying a First Backpack?

    Q: I've been planning to buy a new backpack. Any tips?

    "Any Tips For Buying a First Backpack?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  90. Stuff We Like: Bug Bite Thing

    The Bug Bite Thing is designed to suck out venom from under your skin to prevent itching.

    "Stuff We Like: Bug Bite Thing" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  91. How to Choose a Backcountry Communication Device

    No signal on your phone? Try a backcountry communication device.

    "How to Choose a Backcountry Communication Device" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  92. How To Make a ‘Pack-out Kit’ for Carrying Human Waste

    Packing out human waste requires preparation. You can make a pack-out kit. Here’s what you’ll need.

    "How To Make a ‘Pack-out Kit’ for Carrying Human Waste" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  93. How to Pick a Good Camping Flashlight

    Q: I need a good flashlight for camping. Any suggestions?

    "How to Pick a Good Camping Flashlight" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  94. Tasty Treat or Fatal Fruit? Here Are 5 Dangerous Wild Berries To Avoid

    Never eat wild plants unless you know for sure what they are and how your body reacts to them.

    "Tasty Treat or Fatal Fruit? Here Are 5 Dangerous Wild Berries To Avoid" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  95. Be Prepared for These 5 Common Weather Hazards

    Weather can change, sometimes at the last minute. Here are some common hazards you'll face in the outdoors.

    "Be Prepared for These 5 Common Weather Hazards" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  96. How to Get Started Birding

    Birdwatching can be a fun pastime. All you need are binoculars and a bird guide to start.

    "How to Get Started Birding" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  97. How to Clean Your Pocketknife

    Q: I use my pocketknife almost daily, and it gets so dirty. How can I stop that?

    "How to Clean Your Pocketknife" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  98. Stuff We Like: Darn Tough Midweight Hiking Sock

    The Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Hiking Sock is made mainly with fine soft wool from merino sheep.

    "Stuff We Like: Darn Tough Midweight Hiking Sock" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  99. How to Buy Rock Climbing Gear

    Here's what you'll need to start exploring the vertical world of rock climbing.

    "How to Buy Rock Climbing Gear" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

  100. What’s Better: Mittens or Gloves?

    Gloves allow for more dexterity; mittens tend to be warmer by keeping your fingers together. A more important question: Does it fit?

    "What’s Better: Mittens or Gloves?" appeared first on Scout Life magazine.

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