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TREK TECH


App Ropes You In When David Boren served as a camp coun- selor in the Ore-Ida Council, his Scoutmaster challenged Boren’s unit to learn 50 knots. Boren learned them all, went on to earn the Eagle Scout Award, and remains involved with Scouting as a Webelos Den leader and Cubmaster. Today, Boren is still fascinated by knots, which led him to create a great interactive app for mobile devices. Knots 3D makes it


easy to break each knot into steps, zoom in for detail, rotate to view them from dif- ferent angles, and replay the process. Knots 3D teaches more than 50 knots, including the Alpine Butterfly, Backsplice, and Double Bowline. New knots are added frequently. $1.99 at the iOS App Store or Android Marketplace.


ADVISORY Text Me L8er


Texting and driving make a lethal combination. A 2009 Virginia Tech study shows that drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an acci- dent if they mix car keys and keypads. That’s why the Boy Scouts of America and AT&T have started a campaign to end this distracting, often-fatal practice. And that’s why Scouters and Scouts need to step up and spread the word. Visit the BSA on Facebook (facebook.com/BoyScoutsofAmerica) to


get started. Take the “Txtng & Drivng … It Can Wait” pledge, and then share the page with your fellow Scouters, Scouts, and friends. Any Scouter or Scout who takes the pledge and shares it with at least 10 friends will receive a limited-edition patch while supplies last. To help drive home the message, you’ll find plenty of resources at


bit.ly/itcanwait.


GOTTA HAVE IT TRIPOD IN DISGUISE


When it’s open and ready for action, the Gerber Steady looks like a miniature creature from the Transformers line of toys. But this versatile multitool delivers real-world results: The Steady combines 12 components, including fine-edge blade, serrated blade, three screwdrivers, pliers, and, coolest of all, an adjustable camera/cell-phone tripod mount. Nobody around to hold the camera? No problem. $64, gerbergear.com.


16 S COUTING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2012


JOHN R. FULTON JR.


W. GARTH DOWLING


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