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Country Meats Scout Fundraising
Are folks in your community tired of wreaths, mulch, and bulbs? Your troop could be one of eight that receive a big fundraising starter kit from Country Meats via Scouting Magazine's sweepstakes through the end of April.
It's no secret that I love their snack sticks, and there's a good chance your troop could be the first in your town to offer them. A table outside your local Outdoor Sports store the day before Fishing Opener could be killer.
See Contest page to enter as often as you'd like.

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Posted: 12:28 03-10-2015 1153
Quest for Fire
scout fire making

There's a scene in the old 1981 movie "Quest for Fire" where the lead character was shown how to make fire by another clan. Until that moment, fire could only be found in nature or stolen from others so it was fiercely guarded and nurtured. Being able to make fire was huge!

I've raved about the enjoyment I get from starting fire with just air - using a Wildersol fire piston. It's always good for impressing a few people on any campout. I love being able to make fire many different ways besides just flicking a Bic, and I think it's a great way to improve self sufficiency. A scout that can create fire realizes he can do much more.

There have been some new developments at Wildersol that might interest you. From the wooden fire piston kits that I've carved and given as Eagle gifts, the choices in piston design have exploded. You can now select from wood, composite, clear or colored plexiglass, or tooled aluminum. There are mini- or full-sized pistons, and even a TriLight model with 3 ways to start fire.

Jeff (@ Wildersol) has created a few videos showing how his firestarters work, as well as making fire from wild components. I like this one where he makes and uses a bowdrill from wild bits.

It looks like fun. I've gathered wild components on a couple weekend campouts and made my own bowdrill to see if I could actually make fire in the wild. It's hard! I've been successful, but I hope I'm never in a situation where I really need to do it. I'd rather have a small firestarter in my pocket.

Jeff also has some special pricing and products specifically for scouts on his site. If you'd like your troop to get better at fire starting, or have a competition, or just looking for gifts, check out his Scout Specials page - matchless fire combo has 4 ways to start fire (flint-n-steel, fire piston, magnifying glass, plus ferrocerium rod and striker), and there's a special group price for fire pistons.

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Posted: 9:50 03-01-2015 1152
Feeling Lucky?

Hey, you probably know is giving away goodies every month. Check out my contest page and take a shot.

Here are a few more contests you might want to enter...

Scout On and Good Luck
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Posted: 15:33 02-10-2015 1146
Baby, It's Cold Out There
Klondike Derby

It's Klondike Derby time so a little reminder about frostbite danger to the scouts is in order.

It only took an hour of walking this morning to develop this cool frost layer. It was -5F and about 5mph wind - and I was comfortable the entire hike.

At -10F, it takes about 30 minutes to get frostbite on exposed skin, but less than 15 minutes at -20F. Above about 15F, there is much less concern about frostbite, but hypothermia remains something to watch for as people slowly lose their core body heat over hours, not minutes.

Keep these points in mind to prevent frostbite:
Take a couple minutes and review some more Winter Camping Tips.

Have a Great Klondike!
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Posted: 13:12 02-05-2015 1144
I ❤ MN
A few fun things to do in MN when it gets really cold. Don't you wish you were here instead of on that silly vacation to FL, Mexico, or wherever you went?

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Posted: 10:15 01-28-2015 1142
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