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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.

The winners:  Continue reading

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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!

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Enter daily for a chance to win rock-climbing gear

Ever watched a group of Scouts tackle a rock-climbing wall?

They make it look so easy!

Now, as an adult, we can try to shimmy up a rock-wall in a nimble nanosecond — but let’s just say it’s a lot tougher than Scouts often make it look. (We’ll chalk it up to their youth.)

But that doesn’t mean adult leaders can’t join in the rock-climbing fun. We’re here to give one Scouter an extra boost on his or her way to the top: the GOING UP! GIVEAWAY.

One Scouter will win a bundle of excellent rock-climbing gear suitable for a beginner and/or intermediate climber. The gear includes: a pair of EVOV climbing shoes, a Black Diamond Vector helmet, a Petzl starter kit, and Julbo sport glasses. Total prize package is $365.

Read more about the GOING UP! GIVEAWAY gear selected by our gear expert, Stephen Regenold (of TheGearJunkie.com) featured in September-October 2012 issue of Scouting magazine.

Enter now for a chance to win this rock-climbing gear package. And don’t forget: Your odds of winning increase the more you enter, so be sure to enter daily. Plus, use the “Tell-A-Friend” link that’s displayed after your entry—by sharing via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter—and you can earn up to one entry per friend who enters. The contest ends Sept. 30.

Good luck!

And, the winners of the August CUT ABOVE GIVEAWAY are …

Grand-prize winners of a Gerber Mike Horn knife:

    • Rob Terry of Stillwater, Okla.
    • Bowman Ching of Sunnyvale, Calif.
    • Mat Greenfield of Lehi, Utah
    • Brennan Toomey of Maple Valley, Wash.
    • Jay Lash of Vinton, Iowa
    • Chad Nabity of Grand Island, Neb.
    • Courtney Evans of Fredericksburg, Va.

Runners up, receiving a Gerber Steady multitool:

    • Mike Rupp of Nixa, Mo.
    • Jeffrey Spurlock of Pleasan View, Tenn.
    • Kristy Bosworth of Mesa, Ariz.
    • Rebecca Hayes of Bonaire, Ga.
    • John Cary of Thaxton, Miss.
    • Christina Muller of St. Louis, Mo.
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Enter daily to win one of six knives

When your job is to help prepare youth for life, you’ve got to make sure you’re prepared for anything, too.

And a good knife is an essential part of being prepared, whether at a campout or at a Scout meeting.

In the CUT ABOVE GIVEAWAY—held from Aug. 1 through 31—you can enter to win an all-in-one Wenger Swiss Army Mike Horn knife ($175) that will go to one grand-prize winner. Designed by a world-famous explorer, you can bet this knife will be ready for anything you throw at it.

Five runners-up will receive a Gerber Steady multitool ($64). The Steady is equipped with two knives, a screwdriver, pliers, and more—plus, the device attaches to your phone or camera to serve as a tripod for taking photos. Read more about the knives in this giveaway.

Enter now to win one of six great knives. And don’t forget: Your odds of winning increase the more you enter, so be sure to enter daily. On Sep. 3, we’ll randomly select six winners and announce them here at Bryan on Scouting.

Good luck—enter now!

Drumroll, please … here are the winners of the PLACE TO HANG GIVEAWAY:

  • Grand-prize winners of a Hennessy Hammock “Scout” — Tanya Lindenberg, a Tiger den leader in Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Melissa Jurcago, committee chair and mom of three Scouts in Brunswich, Ohio; and Jeremy Kelone, committee chair and father of three Scouts in Bridge City, Tex.
  • Runners up receiving an Eno “SingleNest” or Grand Trunk “Single” hammock — John Eberhardt, a Scoutmaster and Cubmaster in Sammamish, Wash.; Tracy Bess, mom of two Webelos in Belle, W.Va.; Daniel Butcher, a Cubmaster in Hewitt, N.J.; Mike Gutzat, an assistant Scoutmaster in New Castle, Del.; Randy Possehl, a Venturing Adviser and assistant Scoutmaster in Ellicott City, Md.; Randy Hortman, an assistant Scoutmaster in Omaha, Neb.; and Chris Mott, committee member and father of an Eagle Scout in Yorba Linda, Calif.

These winners were selected from 10,582 entries. Congratulations!

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Liquid gold: Check out these 10 winning hydration slogans

We know in graphic detail what happens when “happy mountaineers” use the restroom.

What we don’t know, until today, are other clever ways to remind Scouts — and ourselves — to remain hydrated in the great outdoors.

That’s why last month I asked Scouters like you to send in your best hydration slogans.

In all, I received 157 submissions. I made an initial cut, removing slogans that weren’t Scout appropriate or didn’t follow the contest rules. I sent the 85 remaining to Richard Bourlon, hydration hype-man (and BSA health and safety guru).

Here are Bourlon’s selections, in no particular order: Continue reading

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Enter daily to win one of 10 hammocks

We’ve all been there: waking up in a haze of discomfort after sleeping on a rocky, uneven surface in a tent. It’s not pleasant.

Derek Hansen says it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, he says, try sleeping in a hammock. Hansen, a Scoutmaster and longtime “hammock enthusiast,” breaks down all you need to know about hammock camping in his new book, The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping.

Find two suitable trees, adjust the tethers and the nylon hammock, and you’ve got yourself a one-way ticket to a good night’s sleep—on a campout, no less!

Still skeptical? Read through Hansen’s article “Ten reasons why you should try hammock camping” on Scoutingmagazine.org.

And to get you started on this latest endeavor, you can enter to win your own hammock in the PLACE TO HANG GIVEAWAY, ending July 31. Continue reading

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Happy mountaineers: Create a hydration slogan, win a limited-edition water bottle

Fewer than 100 of these water bottles were produced, and they aren’t sold in stores. Win one of 10 I’m giving away by entering below!

“A happy mountaineer always pees clear.”

That simple, off-color rhyme does its job by reminding Scouts, Scouters, and other outdoor lovers about the importance of proper hydration.

It stems, of course, from the fact that urine color is an excellent indicator of your hydration level.

Face it: It’s easy to forget about drinking water when you’re having fun in the sun with your pack, troop, team, or crew. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

That’s why you should consult this BSA-produced heat index and urine color chart (PDF), which can be printed and distributed to the members of your unit. It’ll tell you how much water you need and whether you’re dehydrated.

Another great way to keep hydration in mind? A catchy slogan.

Think you have one? If so, you could win a limited-edition water bottle! Read on to learn how.  Continue reading

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Enter daily to win one of three gotta-have backpacks

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!

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Enter daily to win awesome water-filtration tools

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.

Good luck!

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.

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Enter to win a Buff in the Gotcha Covered Giveaway

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.

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