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.
How much for high-quality software to get your Scouts ready for the SAT and ACT?
A. Too much.
B. A pretty penny.
C. An arm and a leg.
Got your answer? Pencils down; let’s check your work.
What’s the only thing better than visiting a national park with Scouts?
Taking that same trip for free.
That’s the beauty of National Park Week, held this year from April 21-29. For these nine glorious days — spanning two full weekends — all 397 national parks waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.
National Park Week is one of several fee-free periods each year, but it’s by far the longest, giving you plenty of time to put your wallet away, find a park, and watch America’s Best Idea get even better.
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.
Update (Feb. 1, 2012): The 2012 deadline has passed, but check back for info on the 2013 scholarships at the end of the year.
Know an Eagle Scout headed to college?
Then read on: Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for Eagle Scouts who are high school seniors to apply for a 2012 National Eagle Scout Association scholarship.
In all, 153 scholarships, each between $1,000 and $50,000, will be presented to worthy Eagle Scouts based on their Scouting record, school performance, and financial need. 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.)
Get out your cellphone, and look at the last text message you received.
Read it aloud. Then consider whether that text message is so important that you’d risk getting into a car accident to read it.
Would you put your life on the line to tap out a response?
Surely not. But still, countless Americans—teens and adults—text and drive, and the consequences can be tragic. In fact, you’re 23 times more likely to be in an accident if you text and drive, according to a 2009 Virginia Tech study.
That’s why the Boy Scouts of America and AT&T, the BSA’s Exclusive Communications Services Sponsor, have started a campaign to end this distracting, often-fatal practice. Continue reading
Do you have a great idea for a project that will help youth better understand and appreciate the outdoors?
Would you like $2,500 to help make your idea a reality?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 28?
If you answered “yes” to all three questions, listen up.
Outdoor Nation, an official BSA partner since 2010, seeks “individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 who are interested in connecting other young people with America’s natural and cultural heritage through outdoor experiences.”
Someone will win our Where Am I? reader contest for May-June and a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.
Shouldn’t it be you?
Take a look at the photo of the swamp at left, taken by Harris Hatcher, and then click here to examine some clues we’ve provided about the mystery location. Continue reading