Do your typical weekend plans involve dirt and Scouting? Step things up a notch! Add some rubber to the mix with a mountain-biking outing.
Tomorrow’s the perfect time to head out to your local mountain-biking trail to celebrate Saturday Oct. 6 as “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” hosted by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Check out this interactive map of the U.S. to locate a “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” event near you.
Young mountain bikers—from Tiger Cubs to older Scouts and Venturers—will stun you with how easily they pedal on gritty surfaces. Their catlike reflexes allow them to zip around sharp turns like Indy-500 drivers!
Besides being a great way to get some exercise and add a new activity to your troop or crew, a mountain-biking trip is a good excuse to get Scouts ready for what they’ll experience at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The home of the jamboree, the brand-new Summit Bechtel Reserve, touts a three-tier trail system allowing Scouts to choose the difficulty of their mountain-biking experience (shown in the photo above).
Before you head out, be sure to review page 34 of the Guide to Safe Scouting for information on cycling safety.
And don’t forget to “Like” the International Mountain Biking Association on Facebook and enter to win one of two Specialized mountain bikes.
Wherever (and whenever) you choose to mountain bike, we hope you and your Scouts enjoy the ride.
Set your DVRs! The fifth season of Scouting for Adventure returns to television today—starting at 10 A.M. Eastern on the Outdoor Channel.
Don’t worry if you miss today’s episode, which takes viewers down West Virginia’s New River. The episode will replay 2 P.M. Eastern tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 6). Or you can watch it yet again at 7 A.M. Eastern on Wednesday (Oct. 10).
Check your local cable listings to find the Outdoor Channel in your area. (Or use this link to see if the Outdoor Channel is available in your area.) The episodes will broadcast at the times listed above on a weekly basis.
The fifth season of Scouting for Adventure will take viewers down the New River, adjacent to the BSA’s newest high-adventure base, the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia (home of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree). Plus, Scouts will also find adventure on the West Coast in San Diego.
Want to start from season one and see where the adventure takes you? Order the DVDs of each Scouting for Adventure season for $14.95 each.
You (and your Scouts) won’t want to miss another exciting season of the Boys’ Life magazine television show.
Do you know an Eagle (or soon-to-be Eagle) who is graduating high school and entering college in 2013? The time has arrived for Eagle Scouts to apply for 2013 National Eagle Scout Association scholarships.
First, see who’s eligible for up to $446,000 in scholarships:
- An Eagle Scout having passed the board of review on or before Dec. 31, 2012.
- A graduating high-school senior (for academic and merit scholarships) or an undergraduate college student no later than completion of his junior year of college (for merit scholarships only).
- A NESA member.
The third requirement of NESA membership is new this year. If a new Eagle isn’t currently a NESA member, he must first join the organization to be considered for NESA scholarship. (Within the first six months of an Eagle Scout’s board of review, a “special” one-year NESA membership is $20.) Read more information on the varying membership levels, and register as a NESA member.
Investing in a NESA membership opens the door for an Eagle Scout to earn up to $446,000 in college scholarships.
The applications are now “live” at NESA.org. Applications are due Dec. 31, 2012.
See below for a full list of the available 2013 NESA scholarships. (And see who won the 2012 scholarships.)
Your tent serves as a home away from home. It withstands bad weather, late-night setups, curious insects … the list goes on.
But plenty of Scouters still use the same tent from their days as a young Scout. It’s time to upgrade—with help from Scouting magazine. And, as of Oct. 15, we’re adding another tent to the list of prizes, which means we’ll be selecting four (instead of three) winners.
In October, four winners will take home a brand new camping shelter in the STAKE YOUR CLAIM GIVEAWAY, featuring four of our favorite tents: the L.L.Bean Microlight FS; the Kelty Salida 2; the Easton Hat-Trick 2P; and the Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2.
One winner will get to stake his claim by choosing the winning prize. The second runner up will choose from the remaining three tents, and the third runner up will choose from the remaining two tents; and the fourth runner up will take home the final option. Read more about the tents in the STAKE YOUR CLAIM GIVEAWAY.
You can enter to win daily, starting today! And use the “Tell-A-Friend” entries to share the giveaway with friends and earn extra entries. Contest ends Nov. 1.
In September’s GOING UP! GIVEAWAY, 4,078 entries were received and we randomly selected one entry as our winner.
This entry belongs to Mark DeBonville, a committee member of Troop 188 in the Western Colorado Council. He’s won a pair of EVOLV climbing shoes, a Black Diamond Vector helmet, a Petzl starter kit, and Julbo sport glasses. Congrats, Mark!
As we mentioned last week, the Scouting magazine Facebook page has accumulated more than 20,000 “Likes”—a cause to celebrate with free gear!
In seven days, the TOAST TO 20K GIVEAWAY received 559 entries.
Below are the 20 readers who’ve been randomly chosen as winners of a 32-ounce wide-mouth Nalgene and an exclusive Scouting magazine sticker that only the contest’s winners will receive.
The winners: Continue reading
Over at the Scouting magazine Facebook page, we’ve reached 20,000 “Likes.”
Which means it’s time to celebrate!
(You don’t “Like” our page? You’re missing out!)
In honor of this milestone, we’re giving away 20, 32-ounce Nalgene bottles in the TOAST TO 20K GIVEAWAY. Each bottle comes with its own custom Scouting magazine sticker.
We’re kicking things up a notch with this contest. The more you share the contest with others, the greater the chance you have of winning.
How’s that work? It’s simple: After completing your contest entry, you’ll receive a “Tell-A-Friend” referral link. Click to share this link on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail.
With each new entry received using your referral link, you’ll earn 10 extra bonus entries to the TOAST TO 20K GIVEAWAY.
Enter now for a chance to win. Contest ends Sept. 17 at midnight.
Ever watched a group of Scouts tackle a rock-climbing wall?
They make it look so easy!
Now, as an adult, we can try to shimmy up a rock-wall in a nimble nanosecond — but let’s just say it’s a lot tougher than Scouts often make it look. (We’ll chalk it up to their youth.)
But that doesn’t mean adult leaders can’t join in the rock-climbing fun. We’re here to give one Scouter an extra boost on his or her way to the top: the GOING UP! GIVEAWAY.
One Scouter will win a bundle of excellent rock-climbing gear suitable for a beginner and/or intermediate climber. The gear includes: a pair of EVOV climbing shoes, a Black Diamond Vector helmet, a Petzl starter kit, and Julbo sport glasses. Total prize package is $365.
Read more about the GOING UP! GIVEAWAY gear selected by our gear expert, Stephen Regenold (of TheGearJunkie.com) featured in September-October 2012 issue of Scouting magazine.
Enter now for a chance to win this rock-climbing gear package. And don’t forget: Your odds of winning increase the more you enter, so be sure to enter daily. Plus, use the “Tell-A-Friend” link that’s displayed after your entry—by sharing via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter—and you can earn up to one entry per friend who enters. The contest ends Sept. 30.
And, the winners of the August CUT ABOVE GIVEAWAY are …
Grand-prize winners of a Gerber Mike Horn knife:
- Rob Terry of Stillwater, Okla.
- Bowman Ching of Sunnyvale, Calif.
- Mat Greenfield of Lehi, Utah
- Brennan Toomey of Maple Valley, Wash.
- Jay Lash of Vinton, Iowa
- Chad Nabity of Grand Island, Neb.
- Courtney Evans of Fredericksburg, Va.
Runners up, receiving a Gerber Steady multitool:
- Mike Rupp of Nixa, Mo.
- Jeffrey Spurlock of Pleasan View, Tenn.
- Kristy Bosworth of Mesa, Ariz.
- Rebecca Hayes of Bonaire, Ga.
- John Cary of Thaxton, Miss.
- Christina Muller of St. Louis, Mo.
Researching far-off destinations for the “Where Am I?” contests is one of my favorite things to do while on the job. Why? Because I always find myself in awe of how many cool places exist in our great nation.
Take, for instance, the secret location of the July-August challenge: Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. As a midwesterner, I was surprised that I’d never heard of it before! And it appears that I wasn’t the only one: this contest had far fewer entries than normal, only 152 guesses.
New Jersey Scouter Jo Ann Marucci was randomly selected as the winning entry with the correct answer. Congrats, Jo Ann!
Can you guess where I ended up in the September-October “Where Am I?” challenge. Take your best shot.
As always, the same rules apply: Read the clues, examine the photo, and submit your guess. On Oct. 22, we’ll randomly select a correct guess to award one winner a $100 Supply Group gift card.
When your job is to help prepare youth for life, you’ve got to make sure you’re prepared for anything, too.
And a good knife is an essential part of being prepared, whether at a campout or at a Scout meeting.
In the CUT ABOVE GIVEAWAY—held from Aug. 1 through 31—you can enter to win an all-in-one Wenger Swiss Army Mike Horn knife ($175) that will go to one grand-prize winner. Designed by a world-famous explorer, you can bet this knife will be ready for anything you throw at it.
Five runners-up will receive a Gerber Steady multitool ($64). The Steady is equipped with two knives, a screwdriver, pliers, and more—plus, the device attaches to your phone or camera to serve as a tripod for taking photos. Read more about the knives in this giveaway.
Enter now to win one of six great knives. And don’t forget: Your odds of winning increase the more you enter, so be sure to enter daily. On Sep. 3, we’ll randomly select six winners and announce them here at Bryan on Scouting.
Good luck—enter now!
Drumroll, please … here are the winners of the PLACE TO HANG GIVEAWAY:
- Grand-prize winners of a Hennessy Hammock “Scout” — Tanya Lindenberg, a Tiger den leader in Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Melissa Jurcago, committee chair and mom of three Scouts in Brunswich, Ohio; and Jeremy Kelone, committee chair and father of three Scouts in Bridge City, Tex.
- Runners up receiving an Eno “SingleNest” or Grand Trunk “Single” hammock — John Eberhardt, a Scoutmaster and Cubmaster in Sammamish, Wash.; Tracy Bess, mom of two Webelos in Belle, W.Va.; Daniel Butcher, a Cubmaster in Hewitt, N.J.; Mike Gutzat, an assistant Scoutmaster in New Castle, Del.; Randy Possehl, a Venturing Adviser and assistant Scoutmaster in Ellicott City, Md.; Randy Hortman, an assistant Scoutmaster in Omaha, Neb.; and Chris Mott, committee member and father of an Eagle Scout in Yorba Linda, Calif.
These winners were selected from 10,582 entries. Congratulations!
Hoist the main sail!
Starting today, 28 vessels and 230 Sea Scouts arrive in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for Centennial ScoutFleet 2012.
The event, which celebrates this year’s 100th anniversary of Sea Scouts, will put the program on full display with events including an exciting ScoutFleet Regatta starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The regatta—visible to those on land in the harbor area—will feature uniformed Sea Scouts sailing boats of all variety and lengths, including the flagship boat of the Chesapeake Sea Scout Flotilla, a 46-foot Morgan Ketch sailboat, Der PeLiKan.
After the regatta, an exchange of cannon salutes from the Der PeLiKan and USS Constellation—the Navy’s last wooden warship—will echo throughout the harbor as the Scouts undergo a review of ships. A parade of ships will follow. Then, the group will celebrate Sea Scouting with a gala birthday party—the highlight of which will be a cake with 100 candles! Keith Christopher, national Sea Scout director, will also speak to the crowd.
This visible display of Sea Scouting in such a prominent and busy harbor honors 100 years of tradition in a program that keeps older Scouts active by teaching how to “cruise large boats, operate large diesel engines, and make lifelong friends,” says Joshua Gilliland, national Sea Scout Centennial chairman.
Learn more about ScoutFleet and find a Sea Scout ship near you by visiting newseascout.org. Plus, you can find a recap of this event, including photos of the regatta, in the November-December issue of Scouting.