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Ken and Lee talking with the backpacking group on the bald at Cole Mountain.

The Five Gallon Challenge

As Scout Leaders for more than a decade, Lee Fields and I have made it our mission to encourage Scouts to participate in backpacking trips.  Over the years we have noticed a general reluctance from beginners (and their parents) to take the first “steps”, which unfortunately denies these young men the valuable lessons that the […]

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Scouting 50 Miler

Planning a Boy Scout 50-Miler

Defining a 50-Miler In doing research for this post, I found there are a lot of differing opinions about what the Boy Scout 50-Miler Program is all about. In a nutshell, the award recognizes a Scout who travels 50 miles in at least five days. Some describe it as a self-supported, high-adventure activity only for […]

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Baldy Mountain Single scout w flag

Lightweight Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch

I was lucky enough to go on another Philmont trek this summer with 8 Boy Scouts and two other adults. This was very memorable in that out Scoutmaster Lance Kistler (65y/o) was able to go on a trek with his son, John, and grandson, Hayden. Once Hayden called Lance, “Grandpa”, you know what Lance’s nick […]

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Scouts at Philmont

Lightweight Backpacking and Scouting in North Carolina

Trail Ambassador Joe Jacaruso will be giving a series of talks on how to prepare for Philmont, backpacking skills and lightweight backpacking this Septmber and October at several Scouting events in North Carolina. A veteran Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as well as a Scoutmaster, Joe gives frequent talks and gear demonstrations to scouting troops  throughout the […]

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Campsite Selection

Trail Ambassador Teaches BSA Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and Scoutmaster Derek Hansen (author of The Ultimate Hang) will be teaching an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council on September 13-14, 2013, in Flagstaff Arizona. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, […]

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Philmont Scout Ranch

Be Prepared

Those of you familiar with the Boy Scouts will recognize “Be Prepared” as the Boy Scout Motto. It’s one thing to recite it as part of your Scout training, but very much another to learn its importance as part of real life experiences. I just returned from a 12-day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in […]

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Guthook Talks to BSA Troops in New Hampshire

Lightweight Backpacking for Boy Scouts

Earlier this month I was invited to give a talk on lightweight backpacking to Boy Scout Troops 654 and 655 of Nashua, New Hampshire. This seemed like a great opportunity, since Scouting is where many people are introduced to backpacking, and giving the Troops a few ideas for lightening their loads could have a big […]

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