Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SCOUTbox Review

SCOUTbox is a new subscription that's the only one out there made specifically for scouts, by scouts. Don't have a scouting history? Neither do I, but don't worry, I think this box is still great for anyone interested in outdoor adventuring and preparedness!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

SCOUTbox was founded by Will and Chris, two brothers who are Eagle Scouts from Troop #888 in Enfield, Connecticut who have been involved in scouting their entire lives. Christ started as a Tiger Cub and moved up the ranks to Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and then became the president of the Xi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a scouting-affiliated community service fraternity. Will also started in Cub Scouts and served as Senior Patrol Leader and other leadership positions with Troop #888. Both have also attended National Scout Jamboree events and continue to work as active alumni!

The goal of SCOUTbox is to provide quality gear and educational materials to enhance scouting for all subscribers (boys, girls, and adults from a variety of scouting programs). Boxes include gear, accessories, apparel, educational items, snacks, and games.

There are three subscription lengths and pricing options:
  • Monthly: $40 per month
  • 3 Months: $114 every three months ($38 per month)
  • 6 Months: $210 every six months ($35 per month)
Shipping is free with all subscriptions, and they even include a free firestarter every month -- the cardboard box itself!

I was not involved with any scouting as a kid or teen, but I have friends and family who were/are very active with scouting. I have quite an interest in wilderness survival techniques and preparation, so SCOUTbox is still right up my alley.

I received the September box to review, which contained five full-sized items. September was National Preparedness Month, so SCOUTbox sent items essential for every scout's emergency kit.

  • Waterproof Disaster Survival Guide - This guide unfolds accordion-style and is packed with information. It covers everything from natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc) to what types of things you should have in your stock in case of an emergency. It's a really handy guide and while I hope I never have to use any of the information in it, it's definitely full of useful tips.
  • Nitelze Reflective Cord - A reflective utility cord is a unique essential that can be used for lashings, to identify yourself and your items, or a variety of other uses. The cord is 50 feet long, so there are plenty of options! Cord is a pretty basic item, but I feel like it's one of those things you never realize you need until you need it (and don't have it), if that makes sense.

Here's a better look at some of the info in the Disaster Survival Guide.

  • Adventure First Aid Kit 1.0 - I am such a nerd for this kind of thing. I like to have a First Aid kit handy at all times. It's obviously easier to have aid items available while I'm home in my apartment, but this kit is great for on-the-go. I think I'll store it in the trunk of my car just in case of any emergencies. It's packed with everything from bandages to moleskin, wound care items, and basic over-the-counter pain medication. There are even some small survival tools inside.
  • No-Rinse Bathing Wipes - I've kept wipes like this in my gym bag for when I don't have time to shower after working out, but they're obviously a great item to have if you're out camping or, worst case, in the middle of a natural disaster.
  • Waterproof Matches - Being able to start a fire is well-known as one of the most important skills to have when outdoors, and these waterproof matches ensure that you'll always be able to get one going when you need to because they work when both wet and dry.

This is only one side of the First Aid Kit -- the center package has After Bite for bug bites and some other medication, and the flap underneath has even more items!
The September box is no longer available, but you can pick up the October "Wilderness Survival" box for $40 here as a one-time purchase.

Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by SCOUTbox! Even though I'm not an active scout and don't have a scouting background I found every item in this box to be incredibly useful. This is a great box for scouts of all ages, hikers, campers, or anyone who wants to stay ready and prepared for any situation.

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