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Links and Resources

This list was compiled and edited using resources from the Troop 1 Altadena, CA website.

Scout Leader Resources

National Outdoor Leadership SchoolThe National Outdoor Leadership School is a non-profit wilderness education school offering expedition length courses.

Scouting NewsScouting News is a weblog covering news about Scouting.

Wood Badge – Advanced Training for Adult LeadersWood Badge is the most advanced training available for adult leaders involved in the programs of the BSA.

ScoutmasterCG– Excellent resource for scout leaders and adults.

High Adventure Bases & Camps

Florida National High Adventure Sea BaseThe Florida National High Adventure Sea Base offers opportunities for long term and short term programs year round.

Northern Tier National High Adventure BasesThe Northern Tier offers canoeing, hiking, fishing, and winter camping in and around the lakes of northern Minnesota and southern Canada.

Philmont Scout RanchPhilmont Scout Ranch, with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness, challenges Scouts with backpacking treks, rock climbing, horseback cavalcades, more. – Camp (US Scouting Service Project site) provides a large database of camps, including scout-owned, public, and private lands.

Bechtel Reserve –The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

Other Scouting Resources

National Eagle Scout AssociationThe objective of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is to serve Eagle Scouts and, through them, the entire movement of Scouting.

Order of the ArrowThe Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting’s national honor society. The OA focuses on service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults.

Sea ScoutsSea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members’ boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Boys’ Life MagazineBoys’ Life Magazine online. Official publication of the BSA.

Scouting MagazineScouting Magazine is an official BSA publication providing news and information for registered BSA adult volunteers and professionals.

National Scouting MuseumThe National Scouting Museum and Youth and Family Research Center is the official Museum of the Boy Scouts of America.

ScoutStuffOfficial Boy Scouts of America online retail store.

General Scouting Resources

Greater Los Angeles Area Council– Link to the GLAAC Website

Rose Bowl District– Info on Rose Bowl District

Boy Scout TrailBoy Scout Trail is a compilation of information for Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cub Scouts.

EagleScout.orgProvides tools and information on the journey toward Eagle rank.

Merit Badge Research CenterScouting wiki provided by The Merit Badge Research Center. Their goal is to list every requirement for every merit badge. Worksheets available for most merit badges.

World Scout ShopOfficial World Scout Shop.

Scouting Resources UKScouting Resources UK provides information and resources on traditional Scouting skills such as map and compass, camping, knots, pioneering, more.

ScoutoramaScoutorama is a compilation of information for Scouts and Scouters. Activities, ceremonies, merit badges, service project ideas, camping recipes, more.

US Scouting Service ProjectThe U.S. Scouting Service Project is a comprehensive Scouting website created by volunteers. Information about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Scout Camps, more.

Girl Scouts of the USAOfficial web site of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Scouting History

World of Scouting MuseumThe World of Scouting Museum houses one of the finest and largest collections of Scouting memorabilia in the United States.

Norman Rockwell Museum– Norman Rockwell was a famous American artist who was an illustrator for Boy’s Life Magazine.

Scout Insignia & Memorabilia

Boy Scout StoreBoy Scout Store is an independent online store, family owned and operated by Scouters, providing Boy Scout and Cub Scout collectibles., an official licensee of the Boy Scouts of America, offers custom T-shirts, patches, more.

Scoutcraft & Scout Skills

American Flag Rules and RegulationsAmerican flag facts, rules and regulations.

Animated Knots by GrogAnimated Knots by Grog provides a fun and easy way to learn to tie knots. Control animation speed, view step-by-step, more features.

Campfires and Fire StartingThe “Camp Fire Dude” provides information on various campfire structures, cooking methods, fuels, safety, more.

I Will Knot!Step-by-step instructional video clips on how to tie several useful and popular knots.

International Guild of Knot TyersThe International Guild of Knot Tyers is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.

Knots and KnottingKnots and Knotting features illustrations and step-by-step animations for more than fifty knots.

NetKnotsLearn to tie knots for Scouting and other outdoor activities using illustrations, animations, and more.

US Orienteering FederationThe US Orienteering Federation is recognized by the International Orienteering Federation and the US Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for orienteering in the US.

Backpacking & Hiking

Adventure Alan’s Ultralight BackpackingLightweight and ultralight backpacking instruction, tips, gear lists, cooking, food lists, more.

Hiker Health: Pack Your Backpack More EfficientlyArticle found on features tips and techniques for packing more lightly and efficiently.

Local HikesInformation on local hikes near both large and small metropolitan areas in the U.S. Features detailed trip reports.

Trails.comA guide to trails in the US.

Outdoor Recreation

America’s State ParksAmerica’s State Parks is a gateway to the official web sites of the parks of every U.S. state and Canada.

California State ParksOfficial guide to California State Parks.

Field Guide to the San Gabriel MountainsField Guide to the San Gabriel Mountains is a resource for general information, history, points of interest, activities, current conditions, more.

Outdoor.comDetails on thousands of backpacking and hiking trails, national and state parks, more.

US ParksGuide to national parks and monuments. Provides information on camping, lodging, road trips, more.

WildernetSearch for outdoor recreation information by activity type or specific geographic area.

Backpacker MagazineOnline and print magazine features articles on backpacking, hiking, camping, outdoor activities, gear, more.

Backpacking Light MagazineOnline and print magazine features backpacking articles, courses, forums, wiki, gear, more.

Nature, Wildlife & Conservation

American Birding AssociationThe American Birding Association (ABA) is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding.

Conservation InternationalConservation International works to ensure a healthy and productive planet. is one of the most popular sites on the Web for nature and wildlife information.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor EthicsThe Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors.

National Fish and Wildlife FoundationThe National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit organization that preserves and restores our nation’s native wildlife species and habitats.

Nature ConservancyThe Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Pacific Crest Trail AssociationThe Pacific Crest Trail Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

San Gabriel Mountains TrailbuildersThe San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders is an all-volunteer public service organization dedicated to constructing and maintaining hiking trails in the Angeles National Forest.

Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. connects the natural resource workforce, scientists, educators, and the public to their wilderness heritage through ready access to wilderness information.

National Speleological SocietyThe National Speleological Society promotes the science of speleology and the protection of caves and their natural contents.

Public Lands Information CenterThe Public Lands Interpretive Association is a not-for profit organization whose mission is to inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands.

EartheasyEartheasy is about sustainable living. Information, activities and ideas which help people live more simply and efficiently, with less impact on the environment.

National Park ServiceThe National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

US Department of the InteriorOfficial site of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

US Fish and Wildlife ServiceOfficial site of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Channel Islands National Marine SanctuaryThe Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a protected reserve area off the coast of California.

USDA Forest ServiceThe Forest Service. an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages 193 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands.

US Geological SurveyInformation about earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes, maps, GIS, water and hydrology, geography, geology, biology, energy, more.

Safety & Preparedness

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross helps keep people safe every day as well as in an emergency.

Firewise CommunitiesFirewise Communities involves homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire.

KidsHealthKidsHealth is a service of Nemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children’s health. Dedicated to improving the health and spirit of children.

Lifesaving ResourcesLifesaving Resources offers training courses in technical water rescue, lifeguard training, CPR, customized training programs. EMS and rescue gear catalog. provides information on fire safety and the prevention of wildfires.

Stonehearth Open Learning OpportunitiesStonehearth Open Learning Opportunities offers courses in wilderness medicine, rescue, and outdoor leadership.

Wilderness Medicine InstituteThe Wilderness Medicine Institute provides information and education for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies.

California Dept. of Public HealthThe California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Official site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“Ready” is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Science & Technology

Explorers ClubThe Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.

Franklin InstituteThe mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.

HowStuffWorksHowStuffWorks provides easy-to-understand explanations of how things work.

MadSci NetworkMadSci Network represents a “collective cranium” of scientists providing answers to your questions.

National Association of RocketryThe National Association of Rocketry is the world’s oldest and largest sport rocketry organization.

NOVANOVA is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television.

Outdoor provides a community for professional outdoor and experiential educators to come together and share their knowledge, ideas, questions, and issues.

Science DailyScience Daily, one of the most popular science news web sites, covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences.

Science FridayThe online companion to Science Friday, a weekly science, technology, and environment news radio program.

SETI InstituteThe mission of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

UM WeatherUM Weather, a service of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of weather data.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Official site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

National Weather ServiceThe National Weather Service is the official source for weather information provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge National Laboratory conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions.

Smithsonian InstitutionThe Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.

US Army Corps of EngineersOfficial site of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

US Department of EnergyOfficial site of the US Dept. of Energy.


Corporation for National and Community ServiceOfficial site of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Recreation.govOfficial U.S. Government recreation portal.

The White is the official web site for the White House and the President of the United States. Information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government.

US House of RepresentativesOfficial site of the United States House of Representatives.

US SenateOfficial site of the United States Senate.

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