Enter daily to win a winter camping sleeping system

Don’t let the post-holiday blues get the best of you. We’re here to lift your mood with a new gear giveaway!

This month, we’ve put together a package of top-notch goods to help make a winter night under the stars a warm and comfortable adventure.

In the TAKE THE CHILL OFF GIVEAWAY, one lucky winter camper will take home a two-person REI Cirque ASL 2 tent ($260), a Kelty Mistral Minus-20 sleeping bag ($90), and a Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol sleeping pad ($35).

You can read more about the items listed above in our ultimate winter camping gear guide, featured in the January-February edition of Scouting magazine.

One winner will be chosen at random during the week of Feb. 1.

Don’t forget: You can earn extra entries by sharing the contest with friends using the “Tell-a-Friend” link. Enter now for a chance to win.

Good luck!

Drum roll, please. The winners of the December “Favorite Things” giveaway:

  • The BioLite stove: Damon Miller, an Eagle Scout and assistant Scoutmaster in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
  • The Sea to Summit dry bag: Ralph Johnson, an assistant Scoutmaster in Valparaiso, Ind.
  • The Yaktrax Pro: Rob Doucette, a committee member in Blythewood, S.C.
  • The Black Rock Gear hat: Andy Hyer, an assistant Scoutmaster and Silver Beaver recipient in Helper, Utah.
  • The Kuplika dish ware: Marcus Bumgarner, assistant Scoutmaster in Karns, Tenn.

Congratulations to our winners!


Enter to win five of ‘Our Favorite Things’

During the season of giving, we’ve picked a bundle of great gear to help make the holidays even brighter for five lucky Scouters.

In this month’s gear giveaway—ending Dec. 31—you can enter to win one of A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS:

  • BioLite Stove ($130)
  • Yaktrax Pro ($30)
  • Black Rock Gear Down Hat ($65)
  • Sea To Summit “Ultra-Sil” Dry DayPack ($45)
  • Kupilka cup and silverware set ($40)

Read more about each of the items above in the holiday gear guide located in our November-December issue.

Five winners will be chosen at random during the week of Jan. 1, and we’ll randomly assign the prizes.

Don’t forget: You can earn extra entries by sharing the contest with friends using the “Tell-a-Friend” link. Enter now for a chance to win.

Good luck!

In November, the WALK THE LINE GIVEAWAY received 3,833 entries, and we selected three random winners, below:

  • John Green, an assistant Scoutmaster in North Carolina
  • William Desnoyers, an assistant Scoutmaster in New York and father of an Eagle Scout
  • Kirk Hunter, a Cubmaster in Michigan
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Enter to win one of three Gibbon slacklines

Remember when Bryan interviewed Super Bowl slackliner (and Eagle Scout) Andy Lewis? Then you may also recall that the BSA decided to approve slacklining as a Scouting activity—with some limitations.

If you haven’t tried the tightrope-walking sport for yourself, now’s your chance. This month, we’re giving away three Gibbon Classic Slackline kits to Scouting magazine readers in the WALK THE LINE GIVEAWAY.

Starting today, you can enter daily for a chance to be one of three randomly selected winners when the contest ends Nov. 30. Each winner will take home a Gibbon Classic Slackline kit, which includes one webbing that’s two-inches wide and 49-feet long plus one ratchet system (a $74 value).

Read more about the prize package and about Gibbon Slacklines.

Plus, don’t forget that you can earn extra entries by sharing the contest with friends using the “Tell-a-Friend” link. Enter now for a chance to win.

Good luck!

We received 12,253 entries (wow!) in the STAKE YOUR CLAIM GIVEAWAY, which ended Oct. 31 at midnight.

The winners are …

First place: Brad Borden of Great Salt Lake Council
Second place: Bryce Rusco of Quapaw Area Council
Third place: Peter Stair of San Francisco Bay Area Council
Fourth place: William Rodie of Longhorn Council


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September-October ‘Where Am I?’ winner and location revealed

What a view! And it’s one that doesn’t come without a little effort, either.

If you want to perch atop this rock wall, you’ve got to rope up and climb nearly 75 feet of vertical rock.

The location? Sam’s Throne, a secluded rock-climbing spot near Mt. Judea in Arkansas’ Ozark mountains.

Readers submitted 114 guesses to the September-October “Where Am I?” contest, and only 60 were correct. That means each submission had little more than a 50-percent chance of being correct. We used a random number generator to select the winning entry, number 17.

Despite the tough stakes, No. 17, Leslie Ratterman of Kansas, guessed right. In addition to her correct entry, she wrote, “This is one of our favorite places on the planet!” And with a view like the one above, it’s not hard to see why.

Congrats, Leslie! You’ve won a $100 Supply Group gift certificate to use at or at your local Scout Shop.

We’ll continue our geography trivia in our next “Where Am I?” contest, featuring a far-off island. Can you guess the location? Examine the clues and the photo at this link, and submit your guess for a chance to win.

Good luck!

Photo by Leslie Henderson


Get gritty: Celebrate ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’

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.


Scouting for Adventure returns to TV

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.


Eagles: Apply now for 2013 NESA scholarships

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.orgApplications are due Dec. 31, 2012.

See below for a full list of the available 2013 NESA scholarships. (And see who won the 2012 scholarships.)

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Enter daily for a chance to win one of four tents

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.

Good luck!

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!


A Toast to 20K: Winners announced!

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.

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Sharing the ‘Likes’—enter to win

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.

Good luck!