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By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

The Hug-A-Tree Foundation began as a result of the tragic death of a young boy during a family campout in San Diego County. The boy got lost on a popular trail and was found dead four days later. His parents and some searchers formed the Hug-A-Tree Foundation to help kids stay safe if they do get lost in the wilderness.One of the biggest concerns of children when they get lost is that their parents or...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

Have you ever wondered how to start a fire using a bow drill? I have and will eventually be trying this on my own. In the mean time here is a good article I found on how to do it. http://www.natureskills.com/bow_drill_fire.html...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

First, for those of you who do not know, char cloth is basically baked cotton cloth to be used as tinder in lighting a fire. This is traditional method for flint and steel. In a upcoming video I am actually going to try making my own char cloth. Here is a nice article I found on the process http://www.bushcraftliving.com/skills/36-campcrafts-diy/88-how-to-make-char-cloth....[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

I will be honest winter camping is one skill I well could use some more training and experience in. Recently I was curious and did some googling and found this good article on who to make a Snow Shelter. http://www.bushcraftliving.com/skills/30-shelter/54-snow-shelter...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

When planning out meals for you group there are a number of things you need to keep in mind including: group size, allergies, costs, equipment, skill levels, and the dietary needs do to weather and activities. For example active vs lounging around camp and cold vs hot weather. Regardless if it is cold or hot hydration needs to be a priority. Also don't forget about space and weight to get you, your gear, food, etc...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

Before you leave make sure some know where you are going and how long you will be gone. If plans change make sure you notify that person Never hike alone Be prepared, think about what gear, clothing, food, water, etc you may need and what you will need if something bad happens. Don't go over kill as hauling a ton of gear is no fun...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

As most of you know I am a geek that swears by Linux and a variety of other open sourse software. Today I am going to toss out some software that is available for free and may help you with in Scouting, home, or your kids education. All the software mentioned is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.Open Office: This is an office suite similar to Microsoft Office, which includes a word processor (word), spreadsheet...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-14

When I teach the Firem'n Chit to Scouts one of the things I teach them is there are three things needed to have a fire. If even one of the things is missing it is impossible for a fire to exist. Do you know what the three things are? When I ask the Scouts I get answers that include water, dirt, large cleared out area, an adult, wood, shovel, matches, a fire pit, etc. Well...[More]


By: ptsteve       On: 2009-12-11

Hello Everyone, yes it is PackTrainerSteve. Happy Holidays Everyone. I just wanted to take a moment and say thanks to all of those that allow us to take the time away from family to train and to be better leaders. Without your support we couldn't have the time to be the best leaders for the Scouts we are responsible for. Always remember without you we couldn't be the best leaders for the Scouts.Yours In Scouting,...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2009-12-10

As a change of pace I am posting a craft project today on how to make some really cool hot dog roasting sticks. I did not create this craft but came acrossed it on a mailing list and thought I would share. ...[More]


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