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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014 VOLUME 102 • NUMBER 5


24 This Is Real Life


BY BRYAN WENDELL What do you get when you mix fun with competi- tions that teach real-life lessons? Winterfest, an annual event for Venturers and Explorers. Teens participate in challenges that test their skills as firefighters, police officers and Venturers.


28 Good Turns


BY GRETCHEN SPARLING During the season of giving, help your unit get inspired to lend a hand to your community. This collection of eight service projects will initiate action in your pack, troop, team, crew or ship.


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4 Trailhead Outdoors Every Issue


ABOUT OUR COVER: At Winterfest, members of Post 708 from Social Circle, Ga. — including (from left) Steven Shelton, Luke Murrell and Tyler Kitchens — get a taste of real-life action as firefighters during a team challenge. Read more about this annual event for Explorers and Venturers on page 24. Photograph by W. Garth Dowling.


2 From the CSE The Chief Scout Executive shares his memories of Christmases past, as well as his wishes for your family during the holiday season.


22 Boys’ Life Preview Scouts wondering what to put on their gift wish list? Don’t miss the must-have toys highlighted in the November issue of BL. And just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your unit should stay indoors. Scouts can read more about how to build igloos in the December issue.


40 SFI-00993 Find us online at SCOUTINGMAGAZINE.ORG


4 Start your journey with a trail mix of news, ideas and fun


New resources on my.Scouting.org Find BSA materials now on Kindle A post-campout checklist for Scouts Solve a winter-camping crossword


34 Great Gear Eight gift ideas that will make any Scouter a happy camper


36 Health & Wellness


Use these strategies to naturally lower your blood pressure


38 Ground Rules Challenge your knowledge of GPS technology with this quiz


40 Survive This! How to quickly extinguish two common types of kitchen fires


48 Cool Camp This Mississippi Scout camp is on board with the latest extreme sport


18 Roundtable


13 Awards FAQs Get fit while earning the SCOUTStrong PALA Award


14 Cub Scout Corner Recruit more pack leaders with these tried-and-true methods


16 Merit Badge Clinic A leader’s guide to teaching the Search and Rescue merit badge


18 Your Kids Conquer your child’s boredom during winter vacation


20 What Would You Do? Readers’ ideas for correcting pack-meeting problems


12 What I’ve Learned One veteran Scouter’s take on how to grow your unit


COURTESY OF DALE HAJOST; FRANK STOCKTON; JAN FEINDT; MICHAEL BYERS


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