In the March – April 2011 Issue
- The New Brownsea Boys
- Are your first-year campers interested? Excited? Passionate? If not, the experienced staff at the Maryland camp gives you some easy tricks for getting young Scouts fired up enough to stick with Scouting from Tenderfoot through First Class. Maybe even longer.
- Dreading Water
- If the summer-camp swim check, a vital demonstration of a boy’s ability to take care of himself in the water, turns some of your Scouts’ stomachs into square knots, we’re here to help — with proven techniques to make the experience easier on you and less intimidating for your guys.
- From the CSE How does the BSA’s network of summer camps contribute to the personal growth of Scouts and the future growth of Scouting? Bob Mazzuca analyzes the importance of the outdoors to our boys and our organization.
- Boys’ Life Preview Celebrating 100 years in March, the premier magazine for boys offers some still-relevant tips gleaned from the publication’s first century. And in the April issue, Boys’ Lifeinvites your guys to tag along on an Arctic Circle fishing trip where Scouts cast their lines hoping to catch some of the big ones. Mission accomplished!
- What I’ve Learned Steve Miller: A Scouter Who’s High on Adventure
- Advancement FAQs What It Takes to Earn A 50-Miler Award
- What Would You Do? Good Advice for Helping “Aspie” Scouts Succeed
- Ethics Turn Leave No Trace Into Action
- Cub Scout Corner Why Outdoor Crossover Ceremonies Make Sense
- Great Gear Five Easy Pieces Of Purifying Perfection
- Fitness How a Sandbag Can Build Real Muscle
- Survive This! What to Do When A Sting Could Kill
- Dutch Treat Cheesecake From a Dutch Oven? Believe It!
- Where Am I? Along for the Slide With 5,000 Cross-Country Skiers
- Cool Camp A Great Place to Get Your Giddyup On
Caffeinated Camp-Out (Scouting magazine)
Can’t abide the great outdoors without a decent cup of coffee? We have a few ideas.
By Candy Sagon
Do you think twice about making that overnight camp-out if it means no fresh brew? You have plenty of company. Just ask Mike Glavin. “Guys want to experience the outdoors,” says Glavin, a former Boy Scout and the director of marketing for GSI, an international supplier of outdoor cooking equipment based in Spokane, Wash. “But they refuse to give up their coffee.” Those who don’t mind expending a bit of extra effort to get rich flavor can find plenty of ways to produce the perfect jolt of java. So here’s our select list of some modern-day products that will keep Scouts and Scouters up and at ’em from morning till night.
Fast-track your brew with Starbucks’ new Via instant coffee. These little packs are perfect for backpacks. To make, just add hot water. It won’t replace freshly made coffee, but it’ll certainly do in a pinch. We liked the Colombian more than the Italian Roast. Find Via at Starbucks stores, $2.95 for 3 packets.
WHO NEEDS A BARISTA?
You won’t, when you have the 1-cup stainless GSI Mini Expresso. This small, stove-top espresso maker brews a double-shot (2.5 ounces) in just 90 seconds. Pack it with finely ground espresso beans, heat on the stove, and, as they say in Italy, tutto bene. Your espresso is ready. gsioutdoors.com, $34.95.
WHEN EVERY OUNCE COUNTS
Talk about a lightweight! The MSR Mugmate Coffee/Tea Filter weighs under an ounce and operates in an ingeniously simple way. Fill it with coarse ground coffee (or tea leaves), place it into a cup or mug, and pour in hot water. Cover and let steep. The longer it steeps, the stronger the coffee. Two side tabs keep it suspended. rei.com, $16.95.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Coffee connoisseurs love the smooth flavor produced by the French press. Here’s how it works: The coffee grounds steep in hot water, then the plunger presses the grounds to the bottom—leaving just the coffee to enjoy. For one of the best portable presses for camping, try the insulated Big Sky Bistro mug. Made from hard plastic with a wide bottom for stability, this mug is both durable and lightweight (about 7 ounces). Makes 16 ounces of hot, fresh coffee in four minutes. planetarydesign.com, $16.99.
A NEW TWIST
Do it with the GSI H2JO!. It’s lightweight, easy-to-pack, and inexpensive. This twist-on filter weighs less than 2 ounces and fits most standard, wide-mouth water bottles like Nalgene. Fill your bottle with hot water, screw on the filter, add coarse-ground (not fine) coffee beans, and let steep. Biggest drawback: Screw it on tightly, or it will leak when you pour. gsioutdoors.com, $9.95.
- More than 20,000 studies suggest that a regular coffee habit may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and even cavities.
- Harvard researchers, looking at the results from long-term studies, report that coffee drinkers were 50 percent less likely to get liver cancer than nondrinkers. Some studies also show that coffee may help lower the risk of developing colon cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
- The biggest news is that heavy coffee drinkers may be half as likely to get Type 2 diabetes as light coffee drinkers or nondrinkers. Researchers think it might be because naturally occurring chemicals in coffee could lower blood sugar.
- Frank Hu, a professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health who led a 2004 diabetes study involving coffee, explained that both decaf and regular coffee contain chlorogenic acids that have a positive effect on cardiovascular health and insulin resistance.
- Coffee contains antioxidants that may play a role in reducing the risk of some cancers. An analysis last year of 500 studies by UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine shows that coffee may help protect against colorectal cancer.
- Studies in 2002 by two Italian universities found that coffee can help keep cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to tooth enamel. Even more surprising, instant coffee had more anti-sticking power than ground coffee.
Good to Go
Oh, what foods these morsels be
–>By Candy Sagon
After hours spent snowboarding, skiing, sledding, or just building a monster snowman, Scouts know their grumbling stomachs will be shouting, “Feed me!” But when it’s time for a snack, don’t load them up with junk food. Give them a healthy treat as well as a quick energy boost. Here are five snack choices that might surprise you. Think of them as “who knew?” foods. For example, who knew that some brands have shed jerky’s bad reputation and gone healthy and all natural? Who knew that the chocolate milk you loved as a kid works as a perfect after-workout drink? Read on and learn all about the new thinking that’ll keep your Scouts going strong.
Sure, many traditional versions are full of additives and fake flavors. But you’ll find a whole new line of jerkies out there—organic or all natural—made with lean beef. Look for the low-sodium (MSG, sodium nitrate) and chemical-free brands. Trader Joe’s offers beef, turkey, and bison jerky, and check out the nitrate-, hormone-, antibiotic-, and steroid-free products from americangrassfedbeef.com, or the buffalo, elk, beef, and even salmon samplers from garywest.com.
It’s the snack food highest in fiber and heart-protective antioxidants, according to a new study at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Plain popcorn has the least fat, but if you crave butter, choose a “light butter” variety (the full butter kind can have more fat than potato chips). For flavor and texture, our suggestions include Orville Redenbacher’s Light Butter or Act II Light Butter.
DIY FROZEN YOGURT
Toss that container of yogurt into the freezer before going out, and later on you’ll enjoy a cold, creamy snack that has more calcium, protein, and potassium than ice cream. Even if you think you don’t like yogurt, eating it frozen might change your mind. Use the blended varieties like Yoplait Whips (in a variety of flavors such as the new Chocolate Mousse Style), not the ones with fruit on the bottom.
Your Cub Scouts will love the taste, sure, but it’s not just for the younger guys anymore. Experts are calling chocolate milk “the new sports drink.” Why? One study at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2009 found that drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout helps athletes’ muscles recover faster. The mix of high-quality protein, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, does the trick. Get your boys to chug down a glass of reduced-fat chocolate milk after an afternoon of wintry activities, or heat up a cup for an energy-boosting substitute for the more fattening hot cocoa. Everybody has a favorite brand.
Peanuts contain so much protein that the government puts them in the same category as meat on the USDA food pyramid. All that protein helps fight off hunger after exercise. Smear some PB on apple slices or whole-grain crackers for crunch, if you’re at home. For a day on the trail, get a couple of the reusable squeeze tubes available at outdoors stores like REI. Also, check out Smucker’s Natural or Skippy Natural because they don’t have hydrogenated oil.
WHAT ONE EXPERT SAYS
When figuring out a healthy snack, Detroit dietitian Bethany Thayer says to remember the Rule of Two: “Try to include two different food groups,” she says. For example: A bowl of cereal and milk, or cheese and a piece of fruit, or peanut butter on wheat bread.
Thayer, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says she’s also a big fan of chocolate milk for active guys. “Calcium is important for Scouts’ bones. We’re seeing lower levels of calcium in boys as well as girls, and chocolate milk is an easy, good-tasting way to add some to your diet.”