Treat Your Friends to Mint Juleps

Celebrate Mint Julep Day on Monday, May 28, by mixing this delicious concoction for your friends!

We asked our resident mixologist, Mikey, for his take on the Mint Julep.

Follow this recipe:

MINT JULEP

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 drops bitters (optional, but you should definitely try it with bitters)

Directions:

In a julep cup, lightly muddle the mint and simple syrup. Add the Bourbon and fill with crushed ice. Stir until the outside of the julep cup is frosted. Add more crushed ice to fill the cup completely. Add a couple of drops of bitters, if desired. Garnish with a mint sprig.

For a non-alcoholic version of the Mint Julep, substitute the Bourbon for unsweetened iced tea.  

NON-ALCOHOLIC MINT JULEP

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz unsweetened iced tea
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves

Directions:

In a julep cup, lightly muddle the mint and simple syrup. Add the iced tea and fill with crushed ice. Stir until the outside of the julep cup is frosted. Add more crushed ice to fill the cup completely. Garnish with a mint sprig.


In addition to entertaining your friends with Mint Julep cocktails, you can give your favorite Skouters Mint Julep Gifts available for free all day on the 28th in the Beverages category of the Gift Store!

Click here to learn how to give a gift to a Skouter.

Summer Goal: Get a Pen Pal!

Weekend getaways, ultimate frisbee competitions, music festivals...summer is amazing, right?  With Memorial Day right around the corner, now is the time to start setting your summer goals, and this year why not add an online pen pal to the list?!

Back in the “olden days” people would be assigned a pen pal through an organization and then they’d write hand-written letters back and forth to learn about each other’s cultures and customs. Today, it’s so much easier to connect with new friends around the world! Use the SKOUT Travel feature to find someone to talk to anywhere in the world, immediately. You won't have to wait interminable weeks for a response from your pen pal, and of course, there is the added benefit of not having to look around for a postage stamp!

Don’t know where to begin? We’ll make it easy for you… Our team combed through data to uncover the friendliest cities around the world. Take a look at the map below. In the past month, Skouters in these cities have made the most connections. So go ahead, reach out and strike up a conversation. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone who will be a friend for life!

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Get a summer pen pal? Check that one off the list!

Skouters Provide Burger Inspiration for Hamburger Day

May 28 is Hamburger Day! Join the fun by grabbing your friends for a night out at your favorite burger joint.  

How do you prefer your burger - well done, medium, medium-well? Do you take your burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard… all of the above? Or are you do you tend to stick with veggie burgers?

To answer some of these impending questions, we asked Skouters how they like their burgers. The answers will definitely make your mouth water.

“For juicier burgers, flip the patty only once, and don’t cover the grill or pan.” — SkoutID: kzykzy

“I use Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, season salt and mix it together. Sometimes I will throw in ketchup or hot sauce.” — SkoutID: curlysue79

“I like adding chipotle hot sauce to give it a smoky flavor!” — SkoutID: Bianca

“My bro puts fried garlic chips on burgers. I love ’em!” — SkoutID: Eric

“Mix ground chuck with coconut milk and one egg white. Grill patties with a slice of pineapple to make Hawaiian burgers.” — SkoutID: dwbpd

“Jalapeño burgers are good!” — SkoutID: corepowww

“I found these really delicious!” — SkoutID: aviva1dan

“One things I like to do is make stuffed burgers with an onion, mushroom and bell pepper saute. And don’t forget to butter up them buns and toast them on the grill — you’ll thank me a bunch later.” — SkoutID: omars30

“I love my burgers with cheese, salsa and mayonnaise, so it doesn’t hurt to experiment.” — SkoutID: dreamgirl34

“Breaded banana peppers, fried pickles or French’s onions and Frank’s red hot sauce mixed in the meat.” — SkoutID: bluecandi33

“Bacon.” — SkoutID: live4everfloris

We’re honoring Hamburger Day with free Hamburger Gifts! You can find this deliciousness in the Food Court category of the Gift Store.

Giving a gift to another Skouter is easy! Learn how.

Bike Month Celebrates Active Transportation!

At the beginning of the year, we asked Skouters what their goals were for 2016. 74% said they planned to exercise more this year, and 84% say they get a better workout when they exercise with a friend!

How is that exercise routine coming along for you? If you need some inspiration to mix up your workout routine, May is the perfect month to pick up bicycling!

Bike Month is primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada, but you can celebrate anywhere! During the month of May, we encourage you to take a weekend bike trek with friends or simply commute to work on your bike as opposed to driving or taking public transportation.

Check out this video from our co-worker biking around Santiago, Chile!

Promote biking this month by sharing the Mountain Bike Gift with your favorite Skouters! This gift can be found in the Bikes category of the Gift Store. They’re free for the rest of the month!

SKOUT Success: Laura and Seth

Laura returned home from a particularly bad day at work a few months ago when she decided to download SKOUT to take her mind off her stress.

She noticed Seth’s profile right away on the Meet screen and sent him a Wink. Seth responded, and they hit it off from there!

That was back in September. A month later in October, they decided to meet in person at Walt Disney World in Florida. Laura made the trek from London, and they ended up spending the entire week together!

After returning to England, Seth and Laura decided to give a long-distance relationship a try. They became inseparable and have since decided to get married. Laura has moved to the United States to be with Seth, and their wedding date is set for Jan. 1, 2017 in Walt Disney World to celebrate the day they met.

Congratulations to Laura and Seth!

Congratulations to Laura and Seth!

Have you met a friend or started a relationship on SKOUT? If so, we’d love to hear your story! Shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

Skouters Dish on Their Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 15 is Chocolate Chip Day, and to celebrate this delicious occasion, we asked Skouters what their favorite chocolate chip cookies are.

Whether they be homemade or store-bought, Skouters definitely love cookies! Warning: Reading this will make your sweet tooth ache. With that said, carry on!

“I love cooking, but I have to put a brake on baking, otherwise the kitchen will be the place I spend most of my time at every day. But I have a friend who bakes all desserts amazingly, and here’s the recipe she uses - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/25037/best-big-fat-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookie/.” — SkoutID: aviva1dan

“I love a good white-chocolate and fresh-raspberry cookie.” — SkoutID: legolego

“White-chocolate chip with macadamia nuts.” — SkoutID: dwbpd

“Always include walnuts. I won’t eat a chocolate chip cookie unless it has walnuts.” — SkoutID: Mikemyers

“Eat it raw — so much better. LOL!” — SkoutID: Timmay

“I love baking, but it's easier to buy already-made cookie mix. I'm a budget shopper.” — SkoutID: bunnyredgrave

“Chips Ahoy!” — SkoutID: Ale

Share your love for chocolate chip cookies on May 15 by giving your favorite Skouters a Chocolate Chip Cookies Gift, now free in the Gift Store until the end of the day on the 15th! You can find this gift in the Sweets category of the Gift Store.

Not sure how to give a gift in SKOUT? Learn how!

Time to Announce the Round 3 SKOUT Leaders!

SKOUT Leader Round 3 results are in! Skouters who share fun pictures, fill out their About Me and send virtual gifts to fellow Skouters, get the popularity vote. Check out this post for more details on what it takes to make the SKOUT Leader Board.

Congratulations to the following Skouters!

Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or posting fewer selfies and more pics of you doing fun things like hiking or playing soccer with your friends. Skouters want to get to know who you are! So, let your personality shine through your profile!


If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 4 of the SKOUT Leader Board! View Round 1 and Round 2 leaders!

Shout Out to Our #Besuper Contest Winner!

During Superhero Day, we asked our community to post a picture with their super squad to the Buzz with the hashtag #besuper.

We had several stellar entries, but would like to award one outstanding entry in particular with a SKOUT Superhero Day t-shirt and 500 points. Congratulations! 

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SkoutID: 2daifor

Stay tuned for more opportunities to win SKOUT swag and Points!

Head to the Flower Shop of the Gift Store on Mother's Day

This year, both Iris Day and Mother’s Day fall on the same day! Is this a serendipitous coincidence? We think so! 

To show our mothers how much we truly appreciate their love and support, we’re making the Iris Gifts free on Sunday, May 8! 

Celebrate the best BFF of all, your mother, by sharing Iris Gifts on Mother’s Day. Head to the Flower Shop category of the Gift Store for the Iris Gift.

New to SKOUT? Giving a Gift is a great way to break the ice with a fellow Skouter. Learn how to give a gift!

Thank You for Helping Us Grant a Wish!

Our National Superhero Day campaign was a huge success due to the generosity of the SKOUT community.

We surveyed more than 4,000 members of our community and learned more than 80% want to be superheroes in real life! And what does it take to be a superhero in real life? The majority of Skouters think it takes selflessness.

During our campaign, we asked Skouters to give a Superhero Gift to help SKOUT and Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grant a wish to a child suffering from a life-threatening medical condition.

We owe our entire community a huge thank you for helping us meet our goal of granting a wish to a child in need of a real-life superhero. Thank you for exemplifying the true selflessness it takes to be a superhero.

Congrats to Our Humor Month Contest Winners!

National Humor Month wrapped up last week, and we’d like to give a huge shout-out to our #LOL contest winners! We asked Skouters to post a picture of themselves laughing to the Buzz with the hashtag #LOL for a chance to win 500 Points.

There were too many fun entries to choose just one winner, so we chose four!

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SkoutID: arlzzzg

SkoutID: jldelosreyes

SkoutID: jldelosreyes

SkoutID: surfkidd

SkoutID: surfkidd

SkoutID: kitcattay

SkoutID: kitcattay

Thank you to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more contests and a chance to win SKOUT swag or Points!

Celebrate the Superhero in All of Us!

In celebration of National Superhero Day, we conducted a super-hero inspired survey with more than 4,000 Skouters asking them about their favorite superheros. We were overjoyed to learn three out of four members of the SKOUT community say helping others in need is what makes a superhero, and nearly 80% say they want to be a superhero in real life. Check out more super stats from our survey:

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America’s favorite superhero is…

  • Well, it depends on whom you ask... Women said Batman. Men said Superman.

Which supervillain wins the popularity contest?

  • Women prefer Catwoman and men prefer the Joker.

Batman and Robin are the best superhero BFFs.

  • More than half of people surveyed (53%) said Batman and Robin are their favorite superhero friends.
  • 19% said The Thing and Human Torch are their fave friend duo, 16% prefer Green Hornet and Kato, and 12% said the Wonder Twins make the best squad.

Immortality is the most wished for superpower.

  • When asked which superpower they wish they had, 1 out of 3 people surveyed said immortality.
  • 29% said the ability to fly, 22% said superhuman strength and 17% said superspeed.

The Batmobile is the best superhero ride.

  • 49% of people surveyed said they would pick the Batmobile if they could have any superhero vehicle.
  • 20% would choose Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane, 20% would prefer the X-Men’s Blackbird and 12% would pick The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.

A mask is a must-have superhero accessory.

  • 57% of people surveyed said a mask is the most important superhero accessory, 19% said a cape, 14% said a ring, and 10% said a cool belt.

Nearly 80% of people want to be a superhero in real life. Here’s what it takes…

  • 44% of people surveyed said selflessness, 37% said no fear, 11% said technology and 8% said money.

GIVE A GIFT TO GRANT A WISH

Being a superhero in real life isn’t as far-fetched as people may think it is. In honor of National Superhero Day, we are partnering with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area to grant a wish to a child in need of a superhero.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2016 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 32 years fulfilling magical wishes!

You can help Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area continue their incredible work granting wishes by giving your fellow Skouters a Superhero Gift! For every Superhero Gift given, SKOUT will make a donation to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area until we have reached our goal of granting a wish. Superhero Gifts can be found in the Superhero Day category of the Gift Store.

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Sending a Superhero Gift will help bring joy to a child who needs it more than ever. Help us make a wish come true for a child who needs a real-life superhero. Learn how to give a gift to a Skouter.

Inspired to do more? In addition to giving a Superhero Gift, you can donate directly to the cause and volunteer with your local chapter of Make-A-Wish!


WHAT SUPERHERO WOULD YOU KICK IT WITH?


REPRESENT YOUR SUPER SQUAD!

Is your squad worth superhero swag? Let’s find out! Post a picture of you and your squad with the hashtag #besuper to the Buzz. The Grand Prize winner will receive a SKOUT National Superhero Day T-shirt! Runners-up will get 500 points added to their account!

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR SKOUT’S SUPER SQUAD?

Drumroll for SKOUT Leader Board Round 2!

SKOUT Leader Round 2 results are in! We asked more than 3,000 Skouters what they think makes a great member of the community. Skouters who share fun pictures, fill out their About Me and send virtual gifts to fellow Skouters, get the popularity vote. Check out this post for more details on what it takes to make the SKOUT Leader Board. Congratulations to the following Skouters!

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Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or post fewer selfies. If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 3 of the SKOUT Leader Board! To view Round 1, click here.

New Friendship Gifts in the Gift Store!

Celebrate your SKOUT friendships by giving your favorite Skouters one of our new Friendship Gifts located in the Friendship category of the Gift Store! A small gift goes a long way when it comes to brightening someone’s day. Give a Gift to simply wish your friend a good day, cheer them up or even to say hello. Check out the Gift Store today!

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New to SKOUT? Learn how to give a gift!

SKOUT Success: Alyssa, Jay and Marina

Alyssa has made new friends on SKOUT -- two in particular. “They are so sweet, kind,” Alyssa told us. “So fantastic!”

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Alyssa and Marina connected through Shake-to-Chat. They started chatting and really getting to know each other.

Then Alyssa met Jay through the Meet page.

Now Alyssa chats with her good friends regularly.

“I love my friends,” Alyssa says. “We share happy moments.”

Alyssa doesn’t have any immediate plans to meet Jay and Marina in person -- they live far from one another -- but she would like to eventually.

“Maybe someday,” she says. “I do want to meet them. I can't wait to see them.”

Have you made new friends on SKOUT? Please email us at successstories@skout.com.

SKOUT Success: Anna and Edwin

Edwin saw Anna on SKOUT and liked her profile and photos. After chatting a while, they decided to take their new friendship a step further and meet in person. “It was a cold day, but it was nice to find someone to talk to for a while,” says Edwin, who still stays in touch with Anna.

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Edwin has since met a few more people on SKOUT.

“I am very happy with this site,” he says.

Have you met a new friend on SKOUT? Please email us at successstories@skout.com.

SKOUT Success Stories From All Over the World

We love hearing about the friendships made on SKOUT! Skouters from all over the world tell us about the friends they’ve made -- whether they’re people nearby whom they now hang out with in person or people in different cities or even countries with whom they chat regularly. One thing they have in common: Most people say they never would have met if it hadn’t been for SKOUT. Have you made new friends on SKOUT? Please email us at successstories@skout.com.

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Not only have I met people but I have learned about other cultures because of the wide ethnicity range. It's a very cool experience to talk to someone from another country and hear what goes on there. It's very different, I have to say. And I know that without SKOUT, I wouldn't have been able to meet these awesome people. -Erykka

I’ve met some really cool people on SKOUT. I wish I had found SKOUT a long time ago. -Lisa

I have met lots of good friends, even a best friend, and I’m happy. -Ali

Me and Jay have now known each other for over two years. We met on SKOUT. He was very easy to talk to. -Marshall

I have made friends on here, and it's great. -Amanda

I have met a few people on your site now. I enjoy chatting with them often. -Scott

I met a friend of mine in Texas named Ana. She has became a real close friend, almost like a sister. If it wasn't for SKOUT, I would have never met her. -Phil

I did meet my friend Melanie on SKOUT. I’ve never had anyone laugh at ALL of my jokes. She’s funny. Our phone conversations go on for hours, and there is never a dull moment with her. I really wish I would’ve discovered the SKOUT app sooner than I did! -Nekorb

I never thought I would be so excited to log on to an app! I met my new BFF on SKOUT. Now I have friends, and now I have support. People need people! -Nady

I had joined SKOUT quite a few months ago to meet new people and learn about different cultures. However, I never would have thought that I would meet a lifelong friend. I had started talking to my friend Christian, never thinking that something as amazing as what's happening this summer would happen. We have decided to go visit his family in Denmark, where he is going to show me around his hometown. It's unbelievable what opportunities your app has opened up for me! I have made so many new friends, and I will definitely be using it for a long time to come. It's an amazing way to meet people in countries that you are planning to visit as well as people right in your own backyard. -Jess

I have a wonderful experience with SKOUT meeting new friends, and my friends are polite and awesome. -Tyrese

My best online friends - Bill, Ely, Cadnoff, Grover, Dean, Doug, John, Steven - are all just fingertips away. We talk, laugh, share ideas, knowledge and stories. With them, Skouters, I have proven there IS friendship on the internet. -Grace

All my new friends are fab. -Amy

Having met an amazing group of friends on SKOUT whom I Skype every day has helped me so much. I am much more confident and happy now, all thanks to them being there for me. We have so many inside jokes that are too funny to share. -Mhairi

I have made a best friend from SKOUT. We chat every day, always say good morning and night. It’s tradition now! -Sarah

I'm maybe your biggest success. I have met so many really cool people on SKOUT. I am about to go overseas again and visit four of them, and there are many more I would visit if I could. I am not single, I am meeting friends, and it's really cool. -Warren

I played the Interested? game and found a girl named Riza. We clicked. We became best friends just because we had a lot in common. -Jomaika

Amanda is my soulmate, my best friend. We share a lot, and we laugh together. There is really nothing we don’t talk about. I’m glad I met her. -Tonya

SKOUT is amazing. I've met really cool people. -Shawn

I met a very special friend on SKOUT. We talk on the phone and message each other all the time. She is a real true friend. -Michael

I met my friend Keeley because we both like trucks, football and other sports. I found out that she lives in the town where I used to live. I told her I might be moving back, and she said she can’t wait! -Yovani

Awesome connecting with new friends. I've only been on for a few days, and I already have made some wonderful connections! -Rocky

I started chatting with this guy, and he is so sweet to me! He is such a great friend that now I think of him like a big brother. It gives me comfort in knowing someone really cares! -Jessie

There are many people on SKOUT who are nice and cool. -Sadex

We met on SKOUT because of our love for hockey. We instantly became friends. -Brad

I've meet a lot of people all over the world. -Cherry

I have made an amazing friendship with a man named Greg. I commented on one of his Buzzes. His writings were insightful and intelligent. We had many chats, and he later wrote a poem about my life experiences, and it is something I will cherish forever and a day! Thank you, SKOUT. -PrincessMystery

Tell us your SKOUT Success Story at successstories@skout.com!

Jade Cycles to Cure Cancer

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Skouter Jade’s New Year’s Resolution was to start cycling more, so she picked up a few extra spin classes at her gym, Equinox, which is how she was introduced to Cycle for Survival.

Jade was intrigued to learn 50 percent of all people with cancer are battling a rare form of cancer, but clinical trials and research studies are often underfunded. When she discovered 100 percent of Cycle for Survival funds go directly toward rare-cancer research, she knew she had to contribute.

“It was the perfect opportunity to both do good and get fit at the same time,” she says.

There are several different ways to participate in Cycle for Survival. Jade chose to ride in the Cycle for Survival Challenge, which automatically tallied how many miles she biked in any cycling class for one month. For every 10 miles biked, Equinox would donate $1.

“It was incredibly motivating and inspiring to be cycling alongside other people for a good cause, knowing that the more I pushed myself, the more I’d be helping in the fight against cancer,” she recalls.

Jade biked 305 miles and contributed a total of $30.50.

“Thousands of cyclists all across the country raised a record-breaking total of $30 million this year,” explains Jade with excitement.

Clearly, this is a cause millions can get on board with, and there are several ways to participate, including donating directly to the cause.

We commend Jade for her efforts to fight cancer!

Do you lend a helping hand to a charity or nonprofit? We’d love to hear about your volunteering efforts! Send us an email to successstories@skout.com. If we choose your story to post on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

Skouter Ryan Grants Wishes to Support His Community

Ryan has been involved with several nonprofits, including Make-A-Wish and has participated in events such as the AIDS Walk and Light the Night. He’s been walking the Light the Night walk for a long time now, and the cause became even closer to him when he lost a good friend to lymphoma a few years back. He hopes that by walking for Light the Night, he can contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s goal of finding cures and ensuring access to treatment for all blood cancer patients.

As a wish granter and events volunteer for Make-A-Wish, he is able to see, firsthand, his contributions come to fruition.

“It brightens a sick child’s life by granting him or her a wish to travel somewhere, be someone for a day, meet someone or receive something special like a guitar. It makes me happy when I visit kids to decide on their wish and deliver the good news when it is approved,” says Ryan.

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And what does he hope to achieve from his efforts? Simply that warm, cuddly feeling. “I hope to achieve a sense of fulfillment in helping others and hope I will get help in return if I ever need it.”

Want to learn how you can contribute? Here are a few ways you can:

  • Donate to help grant wishes for children suffering from diseases.
  • Participate in an AIDS Walk near you or donate to their community.
  • Walk for Light the Night or donate to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s efforts to cure blood cancer.

Thank you for your efforts to help others, Ryan!

Whenever we hear stories of Skouters donating to their favorite charities and giving back to their communities, it makes us superproud to call them part of the SKOUT community -- so proud, in fact, that we share their story on our blog to inspire the rest of the SKOUT community to get involved with charities and nonprofits too!

If you’d like to share the story of your volunteer efforts with us, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com. Should we choose your story to be on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

SKOUT Success: Nastassja and Tara

Skout Success Nastassja and Tara

Skout Success Nastassja and Tara

Nastassja was browsing Meet on SKOUT when she came across Tara’s profile.

“I said, ‘Hi,’ because she was a girl my age who had a very nice bio,” Nastassja told us. “I look for those things.”

It turned out Nastassja and Tara have a lot in common. And now, despite living in different countries, they’re good friends who chat every day!

“She's sweet, a great listener, and cares about me,” Nastassja says about Tara. “I tell her practically everything!”

Have you made a new friend on SKOUT? Please email us at successstories@skout.com.