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Higher score, lower price: Get SAT and ACT test-prep software cheap

Updated for 2014

Pay attention, because there’ll be a test later.

Boy Scout families — both current and former — can score $250 SAT or ACT test-prep computer programs for $20. That means the study materials, instructor-led videos and multimedia lessons can be yours for about half what it costs to take the actual tests themselves.

It’s $20 for either the SAT or ACT test-prep program, which includes 10 hours of video instruction, 120 lessons and 122 drills, hundreds of practice questions, and 18 automatically graded tests. The software is technically free but requires a $20 student fee that includes streaming/shipping costs, customer and technical support and updates.

Have a student who’s taking both tests? Grab both programs for $40 — a huge savings over the $500 list price.

Mac or PC? Doesn’t matter, because the software — available either as a DVD or streamed instantly online — works on either platform.

Longtime blog readers might recognize this program as a continuation of the eKnowledge and the SAT/ACT Donation Project I mentioned in 2012 and in 2010. In the years since it began, eKnowledge, which says its mission is helping Scouts and Venturers to Be Prepared for these important standardized tests, has sent more than 5,000 Scouting families this software. And it has received hundreds of thank-you notes from Scouting families, with comments such as: Continue reading

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Enter daily to win emergency-preparedness supplies

With summertime Scouting excursions on the horizon, it’s time to make sure each Scout or Venturer has the supplies he or she needs in case of an emergency in the outdoors.

If your troop or crew is getting ready for the jamboree in July, you’ll recall that each Scout (and adult) should carry a personal first-aid kit. And, given the rugged setting, it can’t hurt to have emergency survival supplies. After all, Scouts should be prepared for anything, right?

Try your luck at winning emergency equipment in April’s Be Prepared Giveaway. Enter daily for a chance to win one of three “Ultralight/Ultratight .9″ first-aid bundles by Adventure Medical Kits ($40) or one of three SOL “Origin” multitools featuring top-rated outdoor survival gear.

The contest ends April 30, at which time six winners will be randomly selected and randomly assigned to one of the six prizes.

Learn more about the gear up for grabs, and enter today.

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What’s the most positive decision your Scouts could make?

For teens, it just might be saying no — to tobacco, to drugs, and to alcohol.

And now, courageous Scouts and Venturers who pledge to remain tobacco-, drug- and alcohol-free have the opportunity to to win an all-expenses-paid trip to any of the BSA’s high-adventure bases: Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, or Florida Sea Base. Everything is included — roundtrip flights, ground transportation, program fees — for an enviable prize valued at $3,000.

The sweepstakes is brought to you by Boys’ Life. In other words, sorry, but adults aren’t eligible to enter. It’s solely for registered Boy Scouts or Venturers between the ages of 14 and 17 at time of entry.

So, leaders, send your Scouts to the Trail of Courage contest page to enter. All they do is take the pledge and submit their contact information. It’s simple, but hurry — the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31.

The drawing will yield just one randomly selected winner, but I think all would agree that any Scout or Venturer who takes the pledge to steer clear of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol is winning at life.

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Investigate the archives for a chance to win a Stanley thermos

This month, we’re rolling out a fresh gear giveaway with a new twist: Instead of simply entering for a chance to win, readers must first investigate the Scouting magazine Archives to answer an elusive question.

Hop on over to the Bottled History contest to read the secret inquiry. (And if you solve the riddle, keep it to yourself so that you’ve got an extra advantage!)

Guess right and you may be one of five randomly selected winners to receive a limited edition 100th anniversary Stanley thermos ($40).

Just like Scouting magazine, Stanley is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To kick off the bottle maker’s centennial, Stanley released a special 100th anniversary edition of its classic, steel-body thermos that holds 1 liter of fluid—keeping it hot or cold for up to 24 hours!

Read more about entering the contest, which ends March 31.

Good luck!

The three winners of the Snow Day Giveaway will be announced soon. Please stay tuned!

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Enter daily for a chance to win winter gear

Here in Texas, we don’t experience many snow days. But that doesn’t mean we don’t dream about them. And when dreaming up a picture-perfect snow day, a couple things come to mind: exploring a hushed, snow-covered trail, building a lumpy snowman, and drinking a steaming mug of hot cocoa—with extra marshmallows.

We can’t help you with the cocoa, the picturesque trail, or the snowman-building skills, but our SNOW DAY GIVEAWAY will award three winners some tools to help make their next snow day extra special: a durable pair of snowshoes, a water- and wind-proof pair of gloves, and a top-of-the-line pair of winter boots.

You can be one of three lucky winners who will take home one of the following prizes: a pair of MSR Evo snowshoes ($100), Mountain Hardwear Spearhead Mitts ($100), or Kamik KeystoneG boots ($240).

Read more about the gear in this story highlighting the top gear to help keep you warm during snowy adventures.

Three winners will be chosen at random during the week of March 4.

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!

Click through to see who won the “Take the Chill Off” giveaway.

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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!

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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

Congratulations!

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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!

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Lowe’s nails it! Helps pay for Eagle Scout service projects

Update July 17, 2013: The grants have returned for click here for details.

Consider it giving back to those who give back.

Lowe’s, the home-improvement giant with more than 1,700 stores, has teamed up with the BSA and local Scout councils to give selected Eagle Scout candidates a $100 prepaid gift card to be used toward their service projects.

Any Life Scout still in the planning phases of a construction-based Eagle Scout service project is eligible. In other words, if the Scout’s project requires supplies from, say, Lowe’s, it’s eligible.

Your local councils will actually award the money, and councils will get a certain number of awards based on a percentage of their three-year average for Eagle Scout Awards earned.

Here’s what you need to know:  Continue reading