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
Did Santa forget to put a warm jacket under your tree? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.
Enter today to win a Columbia Bugaboo Tech Parka—a $300 value!
One lucky Scouting magazine reader will win the COLD COMFORT GIVEAWAY featuring this classic parka that’s perfect for camping, snowshoeing, skiing, or just enjoying the outdoors with your Scouts.
How can you win? Visit scoutingmagazine.org/contests to register to win. Then, be sure to visit the contest page and to enter daily and increase your chances of winning. The contest will end Jan. 31.
One winner will be randomly selected and announced here at blog.scoutingmagazine.org.
Plus, a new February contest will be announced Feb. 1—you won’t want to miss it! (Hint: We’ll make sure you’ve got the right footwear for your upcoming hiking adventures.)
When the weather is frigid, few campfire creations hit the spot quite like chili. Add a side of cornbread—or keep it simple with corn chips—and you’ve got a meal that will please a large crowd.
Take a page from our own recipe books—the recipes below are favorites around the Scouting magazine offices. Try one for yourself! These can be easily adapted from a kitchen Crock-Pot to campfire Dutch oven. And, you can heat things up or take things down a notch (for those who don’t like spicy foods) with the add-it-yourself seasoning.
Popcorn sales help fund Scouting activities, but this salty treat can also bring cheer to service men and women overseas.
Popcorn buyers can do both—support the troops and Scouting—by participating in a Trail’s End military donation. This service act can be completed in two ways:
When Scouts sell popcorn, simply ask buyers if they wish to purchase one box of popcorn for themselves and an additional box to be sent to the American troops overseas. This donation is noted on the order form, and later reported by the council to Trail’s End. Continue reading
With more than 100 years of history, it’s no surprise that Scouting has seen its fair share of innovation and change. And collecting historic artifacts — uniforms, handbooks, and, of course, patches — from the past is a popular activity with many Scouts and Scouters.
Now, you can teleport back in time with the simple turn of a page in the soon-to-be-released Boy Scouts of America Scout Stuff: A Unique Collection of Memorabilia written by Robert Birkby, author of the Boy Scout Handbook and several other official BSA publications. Continue reading
Help the BSA celebrate its newest merit badge—Chess!—tomorrow by watching fellow Scouts in a live, human chess match.
The event, shown online at this link, will take place between 1:05-1:25 p.m. CST on Saturday, Sept. 10. Scouts will serve as pieces, challenging one another as they move across the gigantic chess board at The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Scouts back at home can earn their own Chess merit badge by participating in this ancient game—dating back to 600 A.D.—in addition to learning scorekeeping, organizing a tournament, and teaching another Scout how to play.
Look for the new merit badge at your local Scout Shop after you’ve completed the required tasks.
Read more about the Chess merit badge requirements here.
It’s not too late to plan a way for your Scout unit to honor the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
Gather together, grab a big screen, and watch the film New York Says Thank You at 8 p.m. EST shown here. You can view the movie on television, too; just check these listings for a showing in your city.
The documentary features a group of New Yorkers who turn the tables on America—giving back to local communities as a way to say thank you for the country’s support in the years following the devastating terrorist attacks. One service project includes the reconstruction of the tornado-ravaged Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa.
But, besides watching this movie, Scouts around the nation are giving back to local communities as part of Scout Surge 9/11, a movement of patriotism that helps youth understand the significance of the date by dedicating a service project in honor of the anniversary.
Does your unit have something planned? If so, share photos and details about your acts of service on the Scout Surge 9/11 Facebook page. This page is also an excellent source of ideas if you’re searching for quick events to replicate in your own city.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since that gut-wrenching morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Here, at Scouting, our solemn thoughts are lifted by the uprising of so many Scouts doing good deeds to remember 9/11 victims and their families. Keep up the great work.
You rely on Scouting for relevant information to help you better serve Scouts. Now, you can find this same advice and much more on the Web, at the redesigned and easy-to-navigate scoutingmagazine.org.
Whether it’s up-to-date policy information, guides to advancement, outdoor advice, and more, you’ll find that scoutingmagazine.org goes beyond the magazine pages to offer readers additional in-depth tips and tools.
To help tell you more about the new features of scoutingmagazine.org, we called on our friend Tico Perez, National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. In this brief clip, shown if you click “Read More”, Tico shares why he thinks Scouters and volunteers should bookmark scoutingmagazine.org and keep coming back for more.