Scouting Fundamentals

How to start a fire in the rain

By Cliff Jacobson Illustrations by Steve Sanford From the January-February 2011 issue of Scouting magazine How to start a fire in the woods, even when it’s wet. On a bone-dry day or when there’s plenty of dry paper or fire-starter, anyone...

Knot of the Week: Tarp Knots

[Reposted from http://scoutmastercg.com/tarp-knots-infographic/] Rigging a tarp or dining fly provides shelter from the wind and rain and shade from the sun. I often use a tarp rather than a tent because there’s plenty of room to spread out...

Knot of the Week: Bottle Sling Knot

The bottle sling knot has been around for centuries. This ancient method of forming a sling for the neck of a jug or bottle this knot was described in detail by the Greek physician Heraklas in his first century book on surgical knots and...

Youth Leadership

Boy Scout Troop Patrol Leader's Council Senior Patrol Leader The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program...

The Meaning of the Boy Scout Law

  A Scout is Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him. A Scout is Loyal. A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation. A Scout is Helpful. A...