The May-June “Where Am I?” contest was tough, judging from the relatively small number of guesses. Only 315 entries were received, compared to 666 in the March-April contest. Many readers guessed “Arches National Park.” However, the true location of this picture is thousands of miles away from the sunburnt-orange Utah arches.
The answer? Twin Arches at Big South Fork National River and Recreation area in Tennessee. Congratulations to our winner, Lynn Jaffe, a committee member with Troop 719 in the Old Hickory Council, North Carolina.
And, just because we know you like a challenge, try your geography skills at a new “Where Am I?” contest starting today. Scouting magazine takes a break from printing in the summer months, but we’re still hosting a contest to keep our readers sharp. The same rules apply: Read the clues, examine the photo, and submit your guess. We’ll randomly select a correct guess to award one winner a $100 Supply Group gift card.
The “Where Am I?” — Sculpted Solace contest ends Aug. 13.
Who’s going backpacking this summer? (Yep, I’ve got my hand raised, too!)
After you’ve collected the essentials—like a great stove, sturdy boots, a lightweight tent—did you remember the most important item for a long-distance trek? … a comfortable backpack?
We’ve got your back. Literally. This month, we’re giving away three—yes, three!—backpacks in our GOT YOUR BACK GIVEAWAY, starting June 1 and ending June 30.
The prizes include: A Deuter AIRCONTACT backpack ($270) for the first-place winner; an Osprey Atmos backpack ($240) for the second-place winner; and a Columbia SilverRidge Weekender backpack ($120) for the third-place winner. The first-place prize will also include a MSR Pocket Rocket stove, a Tilley Outback Hat, and a SnowPeak “Snow Miner” headlamp, too! (Read more about the prize packages.)
Your odds of winning increase the more you add your name to our pool of entries. So, enter daily through June 30. And don’t forget: You can tell others about the giveaway using the referral link displayed after you enter. You will receive one extra entry for each friend who enters the contest using your link.
The winner of the GOT YOUR BACK GIVEAWAY will be announced the week of July 1 (along with a new July giveaway that you don’t want to miss!).
Good luck—enter now!
Gordon Strawn, a Scoutmaster from Las Cruces, N.M., won the May 2012 JUST ADD WATER GIVEAWAY. Gordon reports that his troop will use the water-filtration gear during their trip to Philmont next year. Congrats, Gordon!
Happy Friday, everyone! Bryan is in Orlando this week at the National Annual Meeting. (Follow Scouting magazine on Twitter for his live updates!)
But just because he’s away doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun—especially with Funny Moments photos that you’ve captured during your Scouting adventures. This post is a part of the Photo Fridays series, a feature highlighting real photos submitted by real Scouters.
So far, this series has covered Cub Scout Fun and High Adventure. We hope the 16 Funny Moments photos below add some laughter to your Friday!
Thirsty? If you’re not now, you will be in a couple months—summer is right around the corner!
Be prepared for thirst with this package of water-purification gear offered in the JUST ADD WATER GIVEAWAY, starting today and ending May 31.
One random winner will receive a Platypus GravityWorks water-filtration system, one SteriPEN Adventure Opti, and one Camelbak All Clear bottle. While the purification technology varies item to item—from gravity-driven water filtration to UV rays—each of these devices deliver clean water when you’re out on the trail. The total value of this package is $300.
Enter daily to increase your chances of winning the JUST ADD WATER GIVEAWAY and read more about the water-purification gear. Don’t forget: You can tell others about the giveaway using the referral link displayed after you enter. You will receive one extra entry for each friend who enters the contest using your link.
Ten lucky winners were randomly selected from a total of 762 entries to win a Buff in the GOTCHA COVERED GIVEAWAY, which ended May 7. The winners are: Sandy Carpenter, Paul Kautz, Perry Harris, Todd Messenger, Keith Carpenter, Stewart Stryker, Danny Culver, Jeffrey Hoppe, Don Robinett, and Alan Spangler. Thanks for entering! Don’t forget that Scouting magazine hosts monthly gear giveaways at scoutingmagazine.org/contests.
When our gear guru Stephen Regenold (founder of thegearjunkie.com) selects items for Scouting magazine’s “Great Gear” column, he uses two important criteria when making his final selections: style and function. Buff headwear—featured in our May-June issue—meets both of these standards.
That’s why we decided to snag a handful of Buffs to give back to our readers: Enter our GOTCHA COVERED GIVEAWAY for a chance to win one of 10 Buffs. This contest will end in one week, on Monday, May 7.
Take a peek at the photo from our March-April “Where Am I?” contest and you might think you’re standing in Wind Cave National Park.
But take a closer look at the clues: You can find “frosty, crystal-like adornments” in Jewel Cave National Monument, located in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
We received 666 responses, and randomly selected a winner—Greg Caporale, assistant Cub Master of Pack 326 in Smithtown, N.Y.
For winning, Greg receives a $100 gift card to use at his local Scout shop or at scoutstuff.org.
Didn’t win this time? Try again in our May-June “Where Am I?” contest. You have until June 25 to enter. Good luck!
Photo by Thorsten Scheuermann
While you may dream of a picturesque backyard—dotted with mountain peaks, green trees, and acres of land for you to explore—more than 80 percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas.
And, as our cities grow, it’s more important than ever to appreciate, conserve, and cultivate urban forests in our neighborhoods. That’s precisely the goal of the U.S. Forest Service’s “My Neighborhood Forest Photo Contest.”
Snap a digital photo of your favorite urban green space—including parks, gardens, greenways, natural areas, and more—and submit your photos at urbanforest.challenge.gov.
After the contest ends July 22, three winners and 12 finalists will be selected by U.S. Forest Service judges. The “Grand Prize” winner will take home $200 worth of outdoors gear (including a daypack, trekking poles, and more); the “Runner Up” will take home $25 worth of gear; and 12 finalists will receive a U.S. Forest Service T-shirt, pen, and water bottle.
Have you ever run across a great Cub Scout activity on the Web and wished there was an easy way to file the information for later use? (And I’m not talking about writing down the URL address on last night’s dinner napkin.) Enter Pinterest.com.
This clean-cut Web site, with its all-white background and crisp tableau of images, allows users to create their own visual “pin boards” to capture ideas, stories, and scraps of inspiration themed around a topic (like “Great Camping Destinations”) for later use and/or to share with other “Pinners.”
Because the editors at Scouting aim to arm volunteers with the best resources needed to help lead pack, troop, team, and crew activities, we’ve launched our own Scouting magazine Pinterest page. What does this mean? Now you can “follow” Scouting-themed pin boards relevant to your interests—whether it’s “Great Gear,” “Cub Scout Snacks,” “Scouting Cakes,” “Boy Scout Activities,” and much more.
Charcoal can add sizzle to your car-camping trip, but using it comes with a downside: the cleanup! Plus, after a day of Scouting activities, who wants to wait for the coals to reach peak temperature before cooking dinner?
One lucky winner of Scouting magazine’s “GET COOKING QUICK: ‘DINE IN’ EDITION” giveaway will take home a Coleman InstaStart Portable Grill. This compact grill, which uses propane (not included in giveaway), will have your meal cooking in several minutes flat. (The InstaStart was featured in the March-April “Great Gear” column as one of six excellent stove picks.)
The next time you “dine in” with Scouts at your favorite campsite, you could enjoy the easy clean up and convenience of the InstaStart grill, as well as the rest of the giveaway goodies: an REI coffee percolator and one REI non-stick skillet. The value of this giveaway package is $175.
Additionally, 20 runners-up in the “DINE IN” giveaway will be rewarded with a BIC FlameDisk, an easy-to-use alternative to charcoal. The FlameDisk uses ethanol to heat and cook meals; the lightweight aluminum frame is recyclable after use. The Leave-No-Trace-friendly device can be found at major retailers, including Walgreens and Walmart.
Click here to enter daily, and share the contest with friends via Facebook or Twitter to receive extra “Tell-A-Friend” entries.
Last month, Scouting magazine reader Leigh Turner, an assistant Scoutmaster from Winter Springs, Fla., won the “GET COOKING QUICK: ‘HIKE OUT’ EDITION, which included a JetBoil ZIP stove and other cooking gear. Visit scoutingmagazine.org/contests daily to enter our monthly giveaways.
Darkness. Close spaces. Underground tunnels. Most people do what they can to avoid these environments. Bill Steele seeks them out in caves around the globe. Instead of claustrophobia, “I have claustromania,” laughs Steele, director of BSA’s alumni relations and the National Eagle Scout Association.
Steele’s love for caving began in Southern Indiana and Kentucky as a young Scout. Since then, he’s spent countless days underground in caves across the globe with world-renowned explorers. Scouting magazine even covered some of Steele’s travels in a 1986 feature story. (Click to see the feature at this link.)
In this feature story, Steele mentions his long-term dream of exploring a hard-to-reach Chinese cave system. “At the time, you couldn’t travel to non-tourist areas of Red China,” he explains. “Now it’s accessible to cave explorers on certain expeditions.”
Steele’s hunger for adventure came full circle in December 2011 when he set off to visit the caves he’d dreamed of exploring in 1986. These caves, what he calls the “Carlsbad Caverns of China,” or Er Wang Dong and San Wang Dong, are both located in the Wulong Province of China. Continue reading