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BSA scout training helps family escape Ukraine war

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Wilderness survival training can be very useful in many urban situations. This Ukrainian scout used his Ten Essentials and wilderness survival training to help get his family out of Ukraine.

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First aid | How to treat burns in the outdoors

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Burns are one of the most common injuries that can happen to outdoorspeople. Here is what to do.

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Stay safe | Five hiking tips for crossing streams

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While planning your hike, look at the topo map and check out the creeks and river crossings. Stream crossings can be dangerous.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Video: Ten things to know before going into the wilderness

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 So you’re a big city/urban type, know absolutely nothing about the great outdoors, but you’re intrigued with the idea of experiencing the wilderness. That’s great! The more people who care about the wilderness, the better the wilderness will be cared for. But what do you need to know before heading out?

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VIDEO | Sunshine + clear plastic water bottle + H2O = purified water – Learn more!

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Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation, invisible to humans. It works very well to help purify water with this simple method.

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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But combining several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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Why do you hunt? A reasoned response to the anti-hunters

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Every hunter will probably come across someone who questions, or possibly attacks, the activity of hunting. Here’s how to answer.

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Situational awareness? Lost hiker didn’t answer phone because didn’t recognize the number

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Situational awareness is a lifesaver. So is prior preparation. This lost hiker in Colorado had neither and survived because of pure luck.

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