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Scouting magazine offers editorial content that is a mixture of information, instruction, and inspiration, designed to strengthen readers' abilities to better perform their leadership roles and to assist them as parents in strengthening families. It's proudly read to you by Jody Olson.

Current Scouting Articles
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Scouting - Aug, 2021How one troop makes an outdoor tradition survive and thrive. 24 hours Scouts call upon ingenuity and survival skills. by Michael FreemanReader: Jody Olson00:08:44
Scouting - Jun, 2021Five things your people can do after becoming Eagle Scouts. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:08:44
Scouting - May, 2021Recruiting new families to join Scouting during a pandemic is hard. These volunteers and professinals focus on you can do. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:07:16
Scouting - May, 2021After battling a blaze, firefighters are often wet and dirty. And for some, they are wet and dirty going to put out a fire. Her Eagle Scout project help them be safe.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:13
Scouting - May, 2021Maria Le Blanc became homeless when she was 50. For 15 years, she relied on the generosity of others while living on the streets of Vancouver, Wash.Reader: Jody Olson00:03:40
Scouting - May, 2021Scouting experience on a college application. Bu the benefits don't end once a Scout that "You're in!" text message, by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:06:59
Scouting - Mar, 2021If you're hungry for a safe and easy fundraiser that can boost your unit's profits, you can't make a more delicious decision than going with Country Meats.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:07
Scouting - Mar, 2021To earn a merit badge, a young person must work with a registered merit badge counselor. Here are some frequently asked questions about these important volunteers.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:10
Scouting - Mar, 2021Scouting is a year-round activity. Though the temperatures rise as we enter summer, we still take Scouts outdoors. by Aaron DerrReader: Jody Olson00:09:06
Scouting - Mar, 2021How one BSA council is addressing the skilled-trades shortage. If St. Louis were building its famed Gateway Arch today, it might have trouble finding people to finish the job.Reader: Jody Olson00:07:37
Scouting - Mar, 2021How to make Cub Scout day camp count. What can your pack do to ensure a great day camp experience? by Angie WilliamsonReader: Jody Olson00:06:31
Scouting - Mar, 2021Sea Scouts learn nautical skills and life lessons during trip to Alaska. by Aaron DerrReader: Jody Olson00:09:02
Scouting - Feb, 202120 ideas for unique Eagle Scout service. What groups qualify as Eagle project beneficiaries? by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:11:09
Scouting - Feb, 2021For healthier Dutch oven cooking, try these 5 gourmet camp recipes. Dutch oven meals don't have to be heavy with carbs and calories. Expand your repertoire with these recipes.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:07
Scouting - Feb, 2021Video pen pals with Scouts from England. In 1940, Scouting magazine volunteers to connect troops in other countries and exchange "cheerful, friendly letters".Reader: Jody Olson00:07:17
Scouting - Dec, 2020How hard can it be to pick a daypack? Spend a few minutes in an outdoor gear shop, and it might seem more complicated than you thought. by Michael LanzaReader: Jody Olson00:10:21
Scouting - Dec, 2020PARI, which stands for Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, is a bustling hub STEM education and wonder for Scouts and non-Scouts.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:42
Scouting - Dec, 2020Try these tips for teaching Scouts the importance of knowing their knots.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:48
Scouting - Dec, 2020In high school it's called "senioritis". Some Webelos Scouts feel similar final-yera doldrums as they eagerly await the transition to Scouts BSA. by Nettie H. FrancisReader: Jody Olson00:04:11
Scouting - Nov, 2020Five brothers from Wisconsin-all Eagle Scouts-share why we still need Scouting, by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:10:11
Scouting - Nov, 2020The National Summertime Pack Award program features all sorts of prizes.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:47
Scouting - Aug, 2020As she drove the girls in her new Scouts BSA troop to a campout last spring, Heather OíBannon heard plenty of stories of family distress and dysfunction.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:29
Scouting - Aug, 2020Scouting‚??s core leadership awards can help you be a better leader.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:31
Scouting - Aug, 2020How one council is improving pack-school relationships.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:34
Scouting - Aug, 2020Merit badge classes, fairs and universities allow Scouts to pursue several badges in one day or weekend, often working with highly qualified counselors.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:11
Scouting - Jul, 2020Guiding girls inspires this Pennsylvania Scouter. by Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:06:53
Scouting - May/Jun, 2020Try these tips for teaching the importance of knowing their knots, by Robert BirkbyReader: Jody Olson00:06:04
Scouting - Jun, 2020How leaders helped their Scouts plan and repair-an up epic trek. Scout troop split' into three crews based on experience level, cruising through miles of backcounty of Yosemite Park.Reader: Jody Olson00:08:44
Scouting - Jun, 2020Breaking the silence about youth suicide. Tragedies happen every day, says Dr. Greg HudnatlReader: Jody Olson00:05:30
Scouting - Jun, 2020Navigating your child's adolescence. As a practicing psychologist, Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., thought he understood the beginning of adolescence. by Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:47
Scouting - Jun, 2020Drawing a line on unethical behavior. Saralynn is faced with an ethical dilemma. What should she do? by Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:16
Scouting - Apr, 2020Americans are staying home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We asked Scouts and Scouters to share their stories. Hopefully, those featured can inspire you.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:45
Scouting - Apr, 2020Backpacking , canoeing, and cycling 67 miles over the past week, the 13 year old Scout, had to display quite a bit of endurance. by Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:09:23
Scouting - Jan-Feb, 2020The rewards from introducing kids to the wilderness. It's one of those many moments in parenting-letting your child ride his bike-when we ask "Is he (or she)ready?"Reader: Jody Olson00:12:17
Scouting - Jan-Feb, 2020Tips for managing a Cub Scout megapack. How does Pack 1 maintain continuity from year to year.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:13
Scouting - Jan, 2020Let's go fly some kites, a sport every Scout can enjoy even though there are always strings attached. by Robert BirkbyReader: Jody Olson00:06:25
Scouting - Jan, 2020Make the most of conservation projects in your community. Turn them loose digging in soil and making good things happen.Reader: Jody Olson00:07:10
Scouting - Dec, 2019A technical glitch silenced the soundtrack for Pack 183's crossover last winter. Despite the hiccup, the Scouts had a great time and the ceremony was a success.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:01
Scouting - Nov-Dec, 2019Get time on your side for work, life and scouting. Scouting leaders share their best tips to do more faster, while staying energized and happy.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:36
Scouting - Feb, 2019Experience one of the world's most unforgiving environments at Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest place in North America. by Larry RiceReader: Jody Olson00:09:37
Scouting - Jan, 2019The Pinewood Derby is still about Cub Scouts and their parents turning four plastic wheels, four nails and some wood into a custom race car. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:07:22
Scouting - Dec, 2018Philbreak 2019: Spend your spring break helping Philmont recover from wildfires. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:06:30
Scouting - Jan, 2019Happy New Year! Scoutbook is now free for Scouts and Scout units. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:04:13
Scouting - Sep, 2018Ideas from your fellow Scouters to help you out. by Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:06:28
Scouting - Dec, 2018The first step in a successful Webelos-to-Sout transition, is finding the right Scout troop to join, by Nettie H. FrancisReader: Jody Olson00:05:42
Scouting - Sep-Oct, 2018How to help Scouts make an Eagle Scout service project great. The Eagle Scout service project is revered as a significant and difficult requirement.Reader: Jody Olson00:08:01
Scouting - Sep-Oct, 2018Here are 10 important events along the Scouting trail that made a difference. By Robert BirkbyReader: Jody Olson00:15:21
Scouting - Aug, 2018Keep your head in the clouds. The sky is clear and the air is still as you set out for an all-day hike with your Scouts. By Robert BirkbyReader: Jody Olson00:07:20
Scouting - Aug, 2018On Sept. 1, Pack 3131 in Overland Park, KS, held its annual joint Scouting night. Three weeks later, the packed headed to Camp Timberlake and met up with another pack. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:06:38
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2018Bigger, better BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders. This overnight event allowed leaders to get hands-on training in outdoor skills.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:43
Scouting - Apr, 2018Make the most of conservation projects in your community. Turn your Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts loose making things happen.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:58
Scouting - Feb, 2018From switchbacks to backslopes, here's how to read a trail. We often barely notice the pathways beneath our shoes. That's the way builders want it.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:39
Scouting - Feb, 2018How to add color to the Art merit badge-Often earned at summer camp this badge has may offseason options.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:54
Scouting - Jan, 2018No Glamping allowed-Here's what does and doesn't count. So what kind of camping counts for Boy Scout advancement? By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:34
Scouting - Jan, 2018Treasure the tradition with the Indian Lore merit badge. Dalton Smith's Troop 241 Indian festival in Canton, GA, when he had an epiphany. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:40
Scouting - Dec, 2017Make the Personal Management badge really count. Lessons in managing time and money. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:40
Scouting - mmm, 2017The boy mom thing. Chivalry isn't dead for modern-day knights. As a self proclaimed tomboy, Heather Haupt was sure she would rock what she calls.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:00
Scouting - Oct, 2017What if not following a rule is the better move? The Scoutmaster Donnelly imposes a lot of rules on the members of Troop 74. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:03:59
Scouting - Oct, 2017How to recognize and treat frostnip. The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017. By Josh PivenReader: Jody Olson00:06:26
Scouting - Jul, 2017Download the official app of the 2017 National Jamboree. The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017. By Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:04:28
Scouting - Jul, 2017How the Teaching EDGE adds depth to a Yellowstone paddling trip. From Matt Nichols, the choice is like Yellowstone's lakes and rivers: ridiculously clearReader: Jody Olson00:07:10
Scouting - Sep, 2015Campers and Staff. How Michigan's Cole Canoe Base cooks up fun for campers and staff. By Bryan Wendell.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:03
Scouting - Jun, 2017About Sikhism. Kav-Near P-a-new knows children learn better by example than by being lectured. By Mark Ray.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:50
Scouting - May, 2017How do you handle the situation when a parent issues an ultimatum?Reader: Jody Olson00:03:29
Scouting - May, 2017These seven habits to lose weight and improve health. You could tap the staying power of habit for good health, but really need to want it.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:50
Scouting - Mar, 2017It's called The Talk-it's that awkward conversation parents eventually should have with their teens about sex. But it is just one of many discussions. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:34
Scouting - Mar, 2017Pick up your walking pace to lose more belly fat, By Jeff CsatariReader: Jody Olson00:07:18
Scouting - Mar, 2017Declining pack, troop or crew. Here are steps in how you can nurse your Scouting unit back to health. By Chris TuckerReader: Jody Olson00:05:14
Scouting - Mar, 2017Out for a hike after a recent rain. Sweating, you become aware of a buzzing sound. It's a swarm of hungry mosquitoes for blood. What should you do?Reader: Jody Olson00:06:14
Scouting - Sep, 2015Stem activities to reinvigorate your Scouts' focus on science, technology, engineering or math. By Robert Tracy.Reader: Jody Olson00:07:15
Scouting - Sep, 2015Introducing stem scouts, the BSA's newest program. Our job as volunteers is to prepare Scouts for their futures as adults. By Bryan Wendell.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:43
Scouting - Feb 26, 2017How one council uses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to help grow scouting. By Gretchen Sparling.Reader: Jody Olson00:03:05
Scouting - Feb 26, 2017Three awesome stem activities for your next pack or den meeting. By Mark Ray.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:32
Scouting - Feb 11, 2017How to use the EDGE method in the outdoors. Scouts hitchhike 350 miles from NY City to Washington, D.C., and then catches rides home.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:16
Scouting - Feb, 2017Help youth with special needs get the most out of Scouting. By Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:08:10
Scouting - Jan, 2017Managers share why they hire Scouting alumni; Naval Academy hosts Boy Scouts; Ten Commnandments hike; Inside the Scouter Code of ConductReader: Jody Olson00:14:04
Scouting - Nov, 2016Tips for making First Aid merit badge lessons last. A hiker slipped and twisted her ankle. She might have been in serious trouble, but she was in luck.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:36
Scouting - Nov-Dec, 2016How to host a Pinewood Derby workshop with your pack. Parents were sort of frustrated because they did not know where to start. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:22
Scouting - Nov, 2016Six easy ways to channel your Cub Scouts' energy. Here are six steps for planning memorable yet manageable meetings. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:05:48
Scouting - Nov, 2016Seven steps to lighten your backpack. Lighten your backpack with these helpful tips. By Ryan JordanReader: Jody Olson00:04:10
Scouting - Nov-Dec, 2016How to build an emergency shelter in a blizzard. The wind is howling is's a whiteout. What should you do? By Josh PivenReader: Jody Olson00:04:49
Scouting - Nov, 201612 tips for sustainable hammock camping. Hammocks have become a popular way to sleep comfortably under the stars. By Derek HansenReader: Jody Olson00:04:29
Scouting - Nov, 2016Eight expert tips for comfortable hammock camping. Hammocks are fast becoming "must-haves". By Derek HansenReader: Jody Olson00:06:23
Scouting - Nov, 2016Start hammock camping without spending tons of cash. You have probably seen them at a recent Scout camp, and would like to help your Scouts get started.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:23
Scouting - Nov, 2016How to avoid social-media safety pitfalls as a Scout leader and parent. You and your Scouts use social media to connect with friends, etc.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:58
Scouting - Nov, 2016Eight tips to help take the discomfort out. We do not go into the woods to rough it; we go to smooth it. Horace KephartReader: Jody Olson00:05:44
Scouting - Nov, 2016A Dutch-oven cooking primer. Learn how you and your Scouts can make delectable creations at your next campout. By Tim and Christine ConnersReader: Jody Olson00:06:46
Scouting - Nov, 2016Strategies to make your Scouting recruitment event more successful. By Gretchen SparlingReader: Jody Olson00:06:42
Scouting - May/Jun, 2016Tips for grounding your own helicopter-parent behaviors. As dean of freshman at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims discussesReader: Jody Olson00:04:12
Scouting - May-Jun, 2016What to do when a Scout won't say the Plege of Allegiance. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:03:56
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2016New web courses make training more accessible to scouting leaders. Tiger Cub Safari celebrates Cub Scouting's youngest members. By Bryan WendellReader: Jody Olson00:11:50
Scouting - May-Jun, 2016Just add action to make your next den meeting more productive. Boys have a thousand muscles to wiggle and only a dozen to sit still with.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:30
Scouting - Oct, 2016New online training more accessible to Scouting leaders to learn what they need when they need it. By Gretchen SparlingReader: Jody Olson00:08:37
Scouting - Mar/Apr, 2016Fitness tips from the 1911 Handbook for Boys by Dr. George J. Fisher, By Jeff CsatariReader: Jody Olson00:07:06
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2016How to chose the best backcountry communication device for your next adventure. By Gretchen SparlingReader: Jody Olson00:07:03
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2016How to build the best campfire. A cheery fire warms both body and heart; for many it defines the camping center. By Cliff JacobsenReader: Jody Olson00:07:15
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2016Research proves that Scouting builds character in youth, By Chris TuckerReader: Jody Olson00:06:35
Scouting - Mar, 2016How to get trained for emergencies in the wild. By Gretchen Sparling.Reader: Jody Olson00:07:39
Scouting - Mar, 2016How to make hiking with your Cub Scouts meaningful and fun. By Mark Ray.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:22
Scouting - Dec, 2015Here is a guide to the sashes Arrowmen wear to OA events. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:04:53
Scouting - Dec, 2015The highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve began as a sort of √ʬ?¬?super merit badge√ʬ?¬Ě for Scouts who earned 21 other merit badges, five of them required.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:28
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2015Doing one√?¬Ę√?¬?√?¬?s duty to God is central to Scouting. The Scout Oath begins with duty to God; the Scout Law ends with reverence.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:00
Scouting - Sep-Oct, 2015This fall, Cub Scouts everywhere are blazing new trails in advancement. Understanding the new Cub Scout advancement program. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:05:10
Scouting - Sep-Oct, 2015Reduce the chaos (and turn down the volume) at your next pack meeting with these crowd-control tips. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:05:52
Scouting - Sep-Oct, 2015New web courses make training more accessible. Scouting U's new online training help volunteers learn what they need when they need it.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:20
Scouting - Sep, 2015Teaching the new Digital Technology merit badge.Reader: Jody Olson00:06:29
Scouting - Mar-Apr, 2012Tips for teaching Cub Scouts the Scout Law. Memorizing the Scout Law and Arrow of Light can be tough. Here are some learning strategies.Reader: Jody Olson00:05:52
Scouting - Aug, 2015Scouts make two-day, 35-mile 'Barefoot Mailman' hike in Miami to honor history. By Gretchen SparlingReader: Jody Olson00:10:29
Scouting - Aug, 2015Protect your gear to make it last for years. By Cliff JacobsonReader: Jody Olson00:07:24
Scouting - May-Jun, 2015A leader√?¬?√?¬Ę√?¬?√?¬?√?¬?√?¬?s guide to the Personal Fitness merit badge, By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:07:06
Scouting - Jul, 2015Today, the BSAs National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees.Reader: Jody Olson00:08:12
Scouting - Sep / Oct, 2009A beginner's guide to Dutch oven cooking. Whether you've cooked with one for years or just want to try it for the first time.Reader: Jody Olson00:09:34
Scouting - May/Jun, 2015How to balance risk and reward in children's play. Break a leg? Risky play-done right-can be an important developmental step. By Mark RayReader: Jody Olson00:05:15
Scouting - May/Jun, 2015By now, you've heard that Cub Scouting is getting a big upgrade on June 1 of this year. We've got your road map to the new Cub Scouting program.Reader: Jody Olson00:14:12
Scouting - Jun, 2015How to prevent heat exhaustion. Take these steps to cool off if you or a fellow hiker experience heat exhaustion. By Josh Piven.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:11
Scouting - Jun, 2015How to create a pack handbook. In a few months, families will walk into join-Scouting nights, wide-eyed at the prospect of Cub Scouting.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:08
Scouting - Jun, 2015How to avoid final-year burnout. In high school it's called "senioritis." Some Webelos Scouts feel similar final-year doldrums...Reader: Jody Olson00:03:56
Scouting - Apr, 2015How to plan a better Webelos transition crossover ceremony. After a perfect Boy Scout troop, the next step is the crossover ceremony.Reader: Jody Olson00:04:41
Scouting - April, 2015A Webelos leader in Belton, Texas, was looking for the perfect Boy Scout troop for the boys in her den but had no idea where to start.Reader: Jody Olson00:07:08
Scouting - Oct, 2014Eagle Scout wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry. William E. Moerner was into STEM science, technology, engineering, math before it was cool.Reader: Jody Olson00:03:12
Scouting - Oct, 2014Debunking myths about wearing camouflage in scouting. By Bryan on ScoutingReader: Jody Olson00:03:39

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