Sport Those Shades!

Sunglasses Day is on the 27th, and we’re celebrating with a free Gift and a hashtag contest!

Post a pic of you and your bestie wearing sunglasses to the Buzz with the hashtag #shades for your chance to win a pair of SKOUT sunglasses for you and your bestie along with 500 Points!

In addition to posting a pic to the Buzz, be sure to give your favorite Skouters the Sunglasses Gift located in the Summer category of the Gift Store. Remember: This gift will be free all day!

Happy Sunglasses Day, Skouters! Stay cool.

Learn how to give a gift to a Skouter! Click here.

Give Sid, CocoPuff and Emerson Stickers to Your Besties!

Share your love for your K-9 friends with your favorite Skouters! On Take Your Dog to Work Day, SKOUT will make a donation to Muttville for every Muttville sticker given on June 24, 2016. You can find Sid, CocoPuff and Emerson in the Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day! section of the Gift Store.

Is this your first time giving a gift in SKOUT? Learn how!

Give the Gift of a Classic Martini on Father's Day

What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day? Well, it just so happens Father’s Day falls on Martini Day this year. So, we suggest treating him to a homemade Classic Martini to toast to how amazing he is!

Mikey is our cocktail expert, and he’s provided an excellent recipe for the occasion.

You will need:

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist and olives

Directions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Express a lemon peel over the drink. Garnish with cocktail olives.

Follow us on Instagram for our video tutorial.


In addition to celebrating Father’s Day and Martini Day by drinking Martinis, we’re honoring the occasion with Martini Gifts! This Gift is free all day on June 19 and is available in the Beverages category of the Gift Store.

Share a Martini Gift with your favorite Skouters! Click here to learn how.

Introducing Skout's Newest Languages!

SKOUT is translated into 21 different languages, including English, and we continue to expand our selection of languages as we grow!

We're excited to introduce the latest additions to our list of languages. Click on one of the languages below to learn how to use SKOUT in your language of choice! 

Happy Skouting!

Polska dołącza do społeczności SKOUT!

Z przyjemnością informujemy, że nasza aplikacja jest już dostępna po polsku. Aby móc rozpocząć korzystanie z aplikacji SKOUT w języku polskim, należy zainstalować w telefonie najnowszą wersję. Po zainstalowaniu najnowszej wersji aplikacji SKOUT należy zmienić domyślny język telefonu na polski.

Jak zmienić ustawienia:

Android

  1. Otwórz „Ustawienia” i wybierz „Język i wprowadzanie”.
  2. Wybierz „Język”.
  3. Wybierz „Polski”.

iPhone

  1. Otwórz „Ustawienia” i wybierz „Język i region”.
  2. Wybierz „Język”.
  3. Wybierz „Polski”.

Po zmianie języka telefonu na polski możesz już korzystać z aplikacji Skout w języku polskim! Aplikacja SKOUT będzie automatycznie tłumaczyć na polski po ustawieniu tego języka jako domyślnego w telefonie.

Byd Danmark velkommen i SKOUT-fællesskabet.

Det glæder os at kunne meddele, at vores app nu findes på dansk. Hvis du vil bruge SKOUT på dansk, skal du først kontrollere, at du har den nyeste version af appen installeret på din telefon. Når du har installeret den nyeste version af SKOUT, skal du ændre standardsproget på din telefon til dansk.

Følg disse trin:

Android

  1. Gå til "indstillinger", og vælg "sprog og input".
  2. Vælg "sprog".
  3. Vælg "dansk".

iPhone

  1. Gå til "indstillinger", og vælg "sprog og område".
  2. Vælg "sprog".
  3. Vælg "dansk".

Når du har ændret sproget i telefonens indstillinger til dansk, er du klar til at begynde at Skoute på dansk. SKOUT oversættes automatisk til dansk, når du har indstillet sproget som standardsprog på din telefon.

Üdvözöljük Magyarországot a SKOUT-közösségben!

Nagy izgalommal jelentjük be, hogy alkalmazásunk magyar nyelven is elérhető Androidos készülékekre! Ahhoz, hogy a SKOUT-ot magyar nyelven használhasd, telepítened kell telefonodra az alkalmazás legújabb verzióját. A SKOUT legújabb verziójának telepítését követően magyarra kell állítani a telefon alapértelmezett nyelvét.

Hangolódj az iOS-re!

Nagy izgalommal jelentjük be, hogy alkalmazásunk magyar nyelven is elérhető Androidos készülékekre! Ahhoz, hogy a SKOUT-ot magyar nyelven használhasd, telepítened kell telefonodra az alkalmazás legújabb verzióját. A SKOUT legújabb verziójának telepítését követően magyarra kell állítani a telefon alapértelmezett nyelvét.

Kövesd az alábbi lépéseket:

Android

  1. Lépj a ’Beállítások’ majd a ’Nyelv és bevitel’ elemre.
  2. Válaszd a ’Nyelv’ lehetőséget.
  3. Válaszd a ’Magyar’ lehetőséget.
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iPhone

  1. Lépj a ’Beállítások’ majd a ’Nyelv és bevitel’ elemre.
  2. Válaszd a ’Nyelv’ lehetőséget.
  3. Válaszd a ’Magyar’ lehetőséget.

Miután magyarra módosítottad a nyelvet a telefon beállításaiban, minden készen áll arra, hogy magyar nyelven használhasd a Skout alkalmazást! A SKOUT automatikusan magyar nyelven jelenik meg, ha az lett megadva a telefon alapértelmezett nyelveként.

Ønsk Norge velkommen til SKOUT-fellesskapet!

Det gleder oss å kunne meddele at appen vår nå er tilgjengelig på norsk. Hvis du vil bruke SKOUT på norsk, må du kontrollere at du har den nyeste versjonen av appen installert på telefonen. Når du har installert den nyeste versjonen av SKOUT, må du endre standardspråket på telefonen til norsk.

Følg denne fremgangsmåten:

Android

  1. Gå til Innstillinger og velg Språk og inndata.
  2. Velg Språk.
  3. Velg norsk.

iPhone

  1. Gå til Innstillinger og velg Språk og region.
  2. Velg Språk.
  3. Velg norsk.

Straks du har endret språket i telefoninnstillingene til norsk, er du klar til å bruke SKOUT på norsk. SKOUT oversettes automatisk til norsk når du har angitt det som standardspråk på telefonen.

Türkiye, SKOUT Topluluğuna hoş geldin!

Uygulamamızın Android’de artık Türkçe olarak kullanılabileceğini duyurmaktan büyük heyecan duyuyoruz! SKOUT’ı Türkçe olarak kullanmaya başlamak için telefonunuzda uygulamanın en son sürümünün yüklü olduğundan emin olun. SKOUT’ın en son sürümünü yükledikten sonra, telefonunuzun varsayılan dilini Türkçe olarak değiştirmeniz gerekir.

Şu Adımları Uygulayın:

Android

  1. ‘Ayarlar’a gidin ve ‘Dil ve giriş’i seçin.
  2. ‘Dil’i seçin.
  3. ‘Türkçe’yi seçin.

iPhone

  1. ‘Ayarlar’a gidin ve ‘Dil ve Bölge’yi seçin.
  2. ‘Dil’i seçin.
  3. ‘Türkçe’yi seçin.

Telefon ayarlarınızda dili Türkçe olarak değiştirdikten sonra, Skout’ı Türkçe olarak kullanmaya hazır olursunuz! Telefonunuzda bir dili veya diğerini varsayılan dil olarak belirttiğinizde SKOUT otomatik olarak Türkçe’ye çevirecektir.

Happy National BFF Day!

For National BFF Day on June 8, celebrate your IRL (in real life) and online besties! As technology plays an ever-present part in our everyday lives, we were curious to know how many people are meeting their best friends online in addition to real life. We surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters and found more people are meeting friends in general online than ever before -- and this extends to finding a bestie! While 70% of people surveyed say they have an IRL best friend, nearly half (48%) of people say they have a BFF they met online.

Additional highlights from our National BFF Day survey include:

Women are more likely than men to have a BFF they met online.

  • 52% of women surveyed say they have an online BFF, while 46% of men say the same.

People under the age of 30 are only slightly more likely to have an online BFF, but not by much!

  • Don’t assume that online friendships are a Millennial thing … 51% of people age 30 or under say they have an online bestie, compared with 44% of people ages 31-40 and 49% of people ages 41 or older.

A BFF who really gets you may not live nearby ...

  • 23% of people surveyed say their online BFF lives in a different country, and 28% say their online BFF lives in a different state.
  • 50% say their online BFF lives fairly close, with 25% saying they’re in the same city and 25% saying they live in the same state.

Many people have met their online BFF, IRL.

  • 45% of people surveyed say they have met their online bestie in person, and 93% say they want to meet their online BFF IRL someday.

IRL or online, friendships are about caring.

  • 70% of people surveyed say the best gift from a friend on BFF Day is a heartfelt message or chat session. Only 30% would prefer a gift.

Check out our Skouters who have met their online besties via SKOUT!

Lady Toro and River

“I have a lot of online friends but never had a bestie like her; she rocks!” - River

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Alyssa, Jay and Marina

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

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Natassja and Tara

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

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Justin and Friends

“Without SKOUT, I wouldn't have as many friends. I owe it to you for helping me meet Milly, Jess, Nathan and Kaley. I appreciate having this app and it making a difference in my life.”

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Jeph and Alex

“He's a friend that is worth keeping,” Jeph says.

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Faith and Jakob

“We talk most of the time,” Jakob says, and the two friends plan to meet in person someday.

Read More

Lucas and Friends

“I talk to them every single day!” Lucas has said about some of his SKOUT friends.

Read More

Pongchuwala and Friends

“I started to meet people both local and international,” says Pongchuwala. She found Skouters with whom she shares interests on Buzz and Meet, and they stayed up late chatting.

Read More


Celebrate your SKOUT besties with a free BFF! Badge! This badge can be found in the Badges category of the Gift Store.
 

Not sure how to give a gift to a fellow Skouter? Click here to learn how!

Boost Your Popularity on SKOUT!

If you’ve downloaded the latest version of SKOUT, you will notice a small battery icon to the right of your profile picture in your Menu. This icon represents your popularity in the SKOUT community!

The color of the bars along with the number of bars coincide with your popularity score, ranging from Low to Very High.

As with any popularity contest, there are several factors that determine your status. In SKOUT, your popularity is determined by the number of times your Profile has been viewed, the number of chat requests you’ve received, as well as the number of Likes people have given you in the Interested? game.

Curious to find out how to boost your popularity? Follow the instructions below to get started. The steps are the same for both Android and iOS. 

Step 1: Tap on the battery icon.  

Step 2: Tap one of the buttons to increase your popularity.

After tapping on the battery icon in your Menu, you will be taken to a screen showing your popularity during the past seven days. To boost your popularity, tap one of the buttons below the chart. For example, tap “Get Seen First” to move to the next screen.

Step 3: Sign up for Premium.

On this screen, tap the green button to select your Premium subscription.

Once you’ve signed up for a Premium subscription, your popularity will automatically go up because you will be seen first in the Interested? game; increase your search rank in the Meet grid; and have your chat messages go directly to the inbox instead of waiting in the chat request queue for approval from another Skouter.

Along with these awesome perks the Premium subscription gives you access to, you will also be provided with tips on how to boost your profile for optimal exposure to the rest of the SKOUT community.

After you have signed up for Premium, your popularity screen will look like this:

Complete your profile by adding a profile photo and filling out your About Me section. You can also increase your popularity by keeping your Buzz up to date. What did you do this weekend? Post a photo of your adventure!

Now that you’ve grasped how to increase your popularity, we’ll show you how to view your fellow Skouters’ popularity via Insights!

Not only will SKOUT Insights let you see the popularity score of a fellow Skouter, it will allow you to view if that Skouter has read your recent chat message to him or her; check out when he or she was last seen in the app; and let you know how long he or she has been a member of the SKOUT community.

To access SKOUT Insights, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to another Skouter’s profile and tap “Insights.”

Step 2: Tap “Unlock.”

Step 3: Sign Up for Premium.

From here you will be taken to the Premium subscription screen. If you have not already signed up for Premium, choose your subscription.

Once you have signed up for Premium, you will be able to view the Insights tab.

Happy Skouting! As always, make sure to download the latest version of SKOUT to access new features. 

Keep up with our blog for the latest tips and tricks for how to get the best Skouting experience!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Calling All Friendship Success Stories!

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What do Lady Toro and River, Lucas and Pongchuwala have in common? They all met great friends on SKOUT!

Have you met a good friend on SKOUT? If so, we want to hear your story! Shoot us an email to successstories@skout.com.

We are interested in what makes your SKOUT friendship special. Is your SKOUT friend the one you can talk to about any of your problems? Are they the person you share hilarious inside jokes with? Are you planning a trip to meet your SKOUT friend in person? We’re looking forward to hearing your story!

If we choose to feature your success story on the SKOUT blog, we will deposit 500 points to your account!

Celebrate the Importance of Laughter

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April 1 kicks off National Humor Month! We’re celebrating by emphasizing the importance of laughter in our everyday lives. It’s true -- laughter is the best medicine. Anyone who’s ever watched a cat video on YouTube after a bad day knows this. But, did you know laughing can help you make more friends?

After examining a sampling of Skouters’ profile pictures, we found Skouters who share a profile picture of themselves laughing have their profile favorited 404% more times and make 324% more connections with others than the average Skouter. Laughter is contagious, and it certainly seems like people want to be friends with someone who has a good sense of humor.

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In addition to reviewing profile pictures, we surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters throughout the U.S. to learn their thoughts on humor and friendship. Highlights from the survey include:

We crack ourselves up.

  • 75% of people surveyed think they are funny.
  • People with a witty sense of humor are most likely to think they are funny (81%).

We enjoy laughing with friends.

  • 94% of people surveyed say they enjoy making other people laugh.
  • People who say their style of humor is slapstick are most likely to enjoy making others laugh (98%).

Practical jokers attract more friends.

  • Practical jokers and people who say “bathroom humor” is their style are most likely to have five or more close friends.
  • Least likely to have five or more close friends are people with a sarcastic or self-deprecating sense of humor.

Not everyone laughs at clowns.

  • 30% of people surveyed say they are afraid of clowns.
  • People with a sarcastic sense of humor are most likely (37%) to be afraid of clowns.

Women will pass on the chick flick -- they prefer comedy films!

  • Comedy movies trumped all other genres among women surveyed, with 26% of women preferring comedy vs. 23% who prefer action-adventure, 21% who prefer horror and 18% who prefer romantic films.
  • While 43% of men said they prefer action-adventure, comedy came in as the second most popular genre (21%).

Looking to laugh it up with the locals? Here’s where to go...

  • New Yorkers and San Franciscans are most confident (83%) that they are funny.
  • Houstonians want you to have a good time -- 100% of Houstonians surveyed say they enjoy making others laugh. 98% of Angelenos and Atlantans say the same.

Cards Against Humanity is a popular game among people with large groups of friends.

  • More than 50% of people with 5 to 9 friends enjoy playing this card game with their friends.

FREE HUMOR MONTH GIFTS EVERY WEEK!

Throughout Humor Month, we’ll be giving away one of the following gifts each week: HAHA, JAJA, Laughing Monkey and Laughing Panda. These Gifts can be found in the Humor category of the Gift Store. Stay tuned for the free Gift of the week!

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The simple act of giving a Gift to a fellow Skouter can really brighten their day. Click here to learn how!

SHOW US YOUR BEST #LOL FACE

Let the data speak for itself! Skouters who have a profile picture of themselves laughing make more connections than those who don’t!

We want to see a picture of you laughing! Post a picture of yourself laughing to the Buzz with the hashtag #LOL. We’ll choose our favorites and give them 500 Points!

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF COMEDY FILMS!