Heard it from a Scout: Sumac is nature's tasty candy

Staghorn sumac (Photo by Kaelem Moniz)

In my first year of scouts, I went on a hike with my troop and discovered a strange-looking plant. One of the senior scouts told everyone that it was called staghorn sumac and that it was like “nature’s sour candy.” I tried it...

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Heard it from a Scout: 15 things you may not know you can recycle

International recycling logo (Photo by Krdan, Wikimedia Commons)

International recycling logo (Photo by Krdan, Wikimedia Commons)

Now more than ever, it’s important that we reduce our ecological footprint to create a greener world for the future. Scouts Canada has always encouraged members to do their part to create a cleaner environment, whether it be through litter...

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Heard it from a Scout: Why it's important to promote nature stewardship among youth

Oakville Scouts hold a community cleanup during Good Turn Week. (Photo from Scouts Canada)

Nature is a magnificent thing, from waking up to the sweet sound of birds in the spring, to floating in cool, salty water on a hot, summer day, to majestic, snowy mountaintops in the winter. So much beauty can be found in nature, yet humans have a...

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Heard it from a Scout: Why nature is good for the brain

Nature can present some exciting challenges, such as canoeing through some white-water rapids! (Photo by Edward Tse)

Many of us have busy lives and hectic schedules. Whether it’s responsibilities at work, school or home, we often spend too much time indoors. Compared to lifestyles of the past, modern urban life often doesn’t provide us with the many...

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Heard it from a Scout: Exploring Alberta trails

Scout troop hiking along trail in a forest (Photo courtesy Scouts Canada)

There are many trails in Alberta to explore in a variety ways, including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and much more. Trails are in national parks, open-to-the-public conservation areas and all around us. While there are probably hundreds,...

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Heard it from a Scout: 10 apps to help you explore nature

Exploring nature safely and effectively has never been easier with technology at our fingertips. (Photo courtesy Scouts Canada)

Technology is on the rise, and it seems like people are always saying, “There’s an app for that.” This trend also applies to the nature buffs out there who love learning more about the outdoors! As a fellow nature enthusiast and...

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Heard it from a Scout: Tips for safe sailing

Sarah out on the sailboat (Photo courtesy Scouts Canada)

Coast to coast, there are endless opportunities for sailing in Canada. From hauling the lines to watching the sails fill and being pulled across the water by the sheer force of the wind, sailing is an exhilarating experience and offers a unique...

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Heard it from a Scout: Leaving only footprints in nature

View from the top of Eagle Bluffs, BC. (Photo by Emilie Diver)

The view was incredible and the challenge of the hike up to the Eagle Bluffs in North Vancouver made it even more worthwhile. Ruby, my yellow lab, was happily sitting and begging for food from me and my Scout troop. Her behaviour was in stark...

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Heard it from a Scout: The business of bees

Female squash bee on a male pumpkin flower (Photo by Margaret Chan)

Female squash bee covered in pollen on a male pumpkin flower (Photo by Margaret Chan)

Everything in our world is connected. So when you get a group of species dying at an extremely rapid rate, such as bees, it not only affects them, but humans and other species too. Pollinators provide a monumental impact on wild plants and crops,...

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Heard it from a Scout: Hiking tips for rookies

Hiking in the Swiss Alps (Photo courtesy Scouts Canada)

The worst mistake I ever made while hiking was unintentionally stepping on a fresh cow patty. I would have been less embarrassed if it hadn’t happened while leading a group of giggly international Scouts. At the time, I was guiding in the...

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