As an Eagle Scout who's been in the business of Scouting since he was 6 years old, Joel Hunt, now 18, knows how tough it can be to master the skills needed to survive in the outdoors. But he also knows that having the right tools can make the journey much easier — and much more fun. Send your young explorer out to take on the wild with some of Hunt's tried-and-true gear suggestions.
It's pretty easy to get any teenager excited about a Swiss Army knife, says Hunt, "even at my age." The Fieldmaster gets a special shout-out because of its compact design that still manages to cram in 15 functions, making it ideal for outdoor — and just everyday — adventures.
No matter how far off the grid they go, today's young'uns will never truly escape the lure of technology. Help them keep their gadgets juiced up with this ultralight, weather-resistant solar panel that can store up to 7 watts of power and charge most USB and 12V devices.
Hunt says most folks he knows — himself included — sleep better in this two-person hammock than they do in their own beds. It's easy to see why. Aside from the extreme comfort the space and breathable nylon provide, the DoubleNest is strong enough to hold up to 400 pounds, which means users can nod off without fear of falling from their perch.
Show your young outdoorsman that he or she has earned your trust with this timeless windproof lighter, a favorite among military personnel for decades. Whether you choose a model with a decorative armor, a custom design or the classic chrome look, you'll be passing on a reliable fire starter and durable keepsake that could be in the family for generations.