Adventures in the Great Outdoors: Top Apps for Boy and Girl Scouts of All Ages
The Boy Scout and Girl Scout movements of America aim to encourage young people to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. They encourage outdoor and survival skills and constructive participation in society. Mobile technology can be easily integrated into scouting activities. For example, smartphone apps can be used to check the weather, find good places to camp, identify flora and fauna and find places to hike. Here is a rundown on some of the top apps for girl and boy scouts.
Checking the Weather
If you’re spending any significant length of time outdoors, you’ll need to know what to expect from the weather. A good app choice is Weather Live Free, designed by Apalon Apps for Android. It gives an accurate 7-day forecast which includes temperature, precipitation, wind, and sunrise and sunset times. You can check the weather anywhere in the world.
The Audubon Bird Guide is a great mobile app for avid birdwatchers. It has an advanced gallery with images of 808 different species as well as detailed descriptions. For those times when you need to identify a bird by its song, the app has more than eight hours of quality bird sounds. Bird information also includes seasonal and migratory maps.
Finding your next campsite will be a breeze with Camp Scout, the official Boy Scouts of America/Boys’ Life magazine app. Whether you’re looking for fishing, winter sports, horseback riding or boating, this app will help you find it. It contains information on parks throughout the U.S. including maps and directories, activities and descriptions, and weather information.
This outdoor activity is fun for all ages and will help you earn a Boy Scout merit badge. The Geocaching app will help you find one or more of the 2 million geocache containers hidden around the world so you can go grab a cache wherever you are.
This fun app is a scout favorite. It lets you tie and untie over 100 knots with the tip of your finger. It has several different levels and can be slowed or replayed as needed. Knots 3D makes learning new knots really easy.
First Aid by American Red Cross is an essential scouting app. It contains expert medical advice for use in emergency situations. It contains step-by-step advice, videos and quizzes. It’s also integrated with emergency service so you can call for help at any time. Safety tips include preparing for severe weather, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Not sure which mountain you’re looking at? Launch your Peakfinder Earth app and point your phone at the peak and it will be identified immediately. The app knows more than 250,000 peaks worldwide including Mount Everest. It will show you the name of the peak with a 360° panorama display.
If you are a member of a scout troupe or a leader, you will find these apps invaluable. Not only will they save you time they will make your scouting trips more informative and enjoyable.
Keira Kemp enjoys spending quality time with the family on outdoor trips to the woods, beach and local lake. Although she loves the outdoors Keira is also a tech-connected woman, posting her selfies online and looking up information. She writes about the apps she uses.