Get Your Buzz On

The Buzz is a great place for you to get to know your fellow Skouters, but also show off your own personality and let people get to know you!

An occasional selfie is fine, but if your Buzz is filled with selfies, people won’t get an idea of who you are as a person. Post fun and engaging content to your Buzz that will make people want to talk to you, such as a fun photo or a question.

For example, we know this Skouter is a fan of dogs because of her Buzz post:

Skout Buzz

Try to stay positive because most people don’t want to be friends with a negative Nancy. And remember to have fun and keep it classy!

Looking for more Buzz tips? Click here.

Skout Success: Lucas


When 24-year-old Lucas (SkoutID: flightattendant91) joined Skout a year and a half ago, he was excited to chat with people all over the world and learn about their cultures. Lucas, who is from Brazil and recently moved from Brasilia to Curitiba, was also looking forward to becoming fluent in English and practicing the German he’d studied for years.

Lucas decided to take his interests in other cultures offline, and this past summer he traveled to three different countries, where he met Skouters in person.

Lucas had been saving for this big trip for three years, but he knew it was time to actually plan it when he’d become close with some people he’d met on Skout.

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

After all that chatting, planning and saving, this summer Lucas traveled to Holland, Germany and Russia.

He spent a few weeks in Holland before he headed to Germany where he met up with Dmitri. After spending eight days in Germany seeing the sights, he went to St. Petersburg, Russia. In St. Petersburg, he met up with his best friend Irina who showed him her favorite spot in the city, Peterhof Park. Ten days later he went to Moscow. There he met up with Masha and Anastacia who showed him the Red Square and the Kremlin. All in all, a pretty awesome trip!

“Through Skout I’ve met people that have changed part of my life, how I think and see things, and also some people that I will carry forever in my heart.”

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Boo to Superstition – Skouters Say Black Cats Are GOOD Luck!

October is the purrrfect month to talk about black cats. But you may be surprised to learn what Skouters think. More than 1,500 Skout users recently took a survey, and here’s what they had to say:

Skout Debunks Myth Black Cats Are Unlucky!

Think black cats are unlucky? Think again!

  • Fifty-nine percent of Skouters think black cats are actually good luck!

Black-cat owners have better luck than Skouters who don’t have black cats.

  • Forty-six percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat say they have won a contest or the lottery, versus 40 percent of people who have never owned a black cat).
  • Sixty-four percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat have had a near-death experience and lived to tell about it, versus 54 percent of people who have never owned a black cat.

Skouters who believe black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts.

  • Sixty-three percent of Skouters who say black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts, and 59 percent say they are superstitious.

Irony alert: Most Skouters who think black cats are bad luck have black hair.

  • Fifty-nine percent of people who think black cats are bad luck have black hair. Hmmm …

More than one-third of women have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.

  • Thirty-five percent of women surveyed say they have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.
  • A black cat costume is especially popular with redheads – 43 percent of whom say they have worn a black cat costume – and blondes (41 percent).

Cat owners have more friends!

  • Seventy-one percent of cat owners have more than four friends, but 66 percent of Skouters who don’t own cats say the same.

Cat owners love black kitties.

  • Nearly 75 percent of cat owners have owned a black cat, and the same number of Skouters say they would consider adopting a black cat in the future.


To celebrate Halloween and help cats (of all colors!) at the same time, Skout has partnered with Cat Town Cafe, the ONLY nonprofit cat cafe in the world! The San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit is devoted to helping shy, stressed, or older cats find new homes. Cat Town does this through its foster program and the Cat Town Cafe, a space where cats available to adopt are free-roaming and can show off their personalities in their natural environment. On Halloween, for every virtual black cat or Cat Town sticker Skouters give to each other within the app, Skout will make a donation to Cat Town Cafe.

Not sure how to give a gift? Tap here to learn how!

On Halloween give cat gifts to all your Skout friends!

On Halloween give cat gifts to all your Skout friends!

Want to help the Cat Town Cafe cats? You can do that in three ways!

  1. Adopt.
  2. Volunteer.
  3. Donate.

Read on to hear about Cat Town Cafe in a co-founder’s own words:


By Ann Dunn

Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif., is devoted to helping shelter cats find new homes in a completely unique way. In fact, we’re the only non-profit cat cafe in existence!

Through my experience as a shelter volunteer, I realized that many cats’ true potential was hidden by cages. Cats thrive in a free-roaming environment — just like us! The goal of Cat Town Cafe is to make cats ready for new homes. This is done through letting cats live in a natural environment — that is, if your idea of a natural environment is a sunny, open space with cat murals, cat condos in the shapes of Bay Area landmarks, and visitors enjoying coffee and tea!

Ann Dunn and Adam Myatt at Cat Town Cafe.

Ann Dunn and Adam Myatt at Cat Town Cafe.

Cat Town’s Adoption Recipe for Success!
Strong foster program.
Free-roaming space for cats and potential adopters.
Partnership with local animal shelters.

The Cat Town Cafe model is so successful that — unlike shelters, where black cats have been known to languish — black cats have about the same adoption rates as other cats. It’s proof that when given the opportunity to shine, cats do!

We’ve found that if we put a black cat in the cat café, where they are relaxed and having fun, people see their wonderful personalities, so they get adopted at about the same rate as everyone else.

Ann Dunn is the president and founder of Cat Town. She started as a cat volunteer at Oakland Animal Services. Ann’s Cat Town Cafe co-founder is Adam Myatt. Also affectionately known as the Cat Man of West Oakland, Adam began his cat journey by photographing cats in his neighborhood and creating Hoodcats.

Cat Town Cafe on Facebook
Cat Town Cafe on Instagram
Cat Town Cafe on the web




Pick a cat… any cat. It can be your cat, a friend’s cat, a significant other’s cat… we’ll leave it up to you, we want you to show your love for cats. Just follow these instructions to enter to win a Skout-Cat Town t-shirt and mug!

  • You must have a Skout account. You can join Skout here:
  • Post a photo of you and your cat on Buzz, tagged #Lovecats.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner a Skout-Cat Town t-shirt and mug!


Baked goods? Yes please! You don’t need to be an expert baker to enjoy these Halloween themed cookies. Our in-house creativity wizard, Gosia, recommends these super simple recipes. Go crazy with the decorations or take a tame approach. It’s up to you!

Recommended for human consumption only!

1 ready-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 can of dark chocolate ready-made frosting
Edible decorations: candy eyes, sprinkles, m&ms, decorating gels and frostings, anything you like!

Slice the cookies into rounds as instructed on the package. Leave two round pieces and cut them to create wedges like a pizza. These will be the ears of the cat head cookie. Assemble your cat ears onto their heads on your baking tray, bake as directed, and let cool. Once cooled decorate with frosting and candies!

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For those cats with a sweet tooth, this is the perfect recipe to satisfy their cravings. It’s kitty-approved!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 teaspoon catnip
1 egg
1/3 cup milk or cat’s milk
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
2 tablespoons butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix dry ingredients together. Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

For more recipes for your pets, check out

Vegans! We didn’t forget about you!

Dry Ingredients:
1½ cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder (like Hershey’s Special Dark)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup mild oil (you can use an avocado-coconut blend)
¼ cup So Delicious unsweetened nondairy milk (almond, coconut or cashew)

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by oiling or covering with parchment paper. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and cut in with a pastry cutter or 2 forks. Use your hands to make a ball. If the dough is too crumbly, add another tablespoon of nondairy milk and try again. Roll out ¼ of the dough at a time on a floured work surface into a medium thickness. Use bat and cat cookie cutters to cut out shapes and gently place them on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used. If you use medium-sized cookie cutters, these will need to bake for about 10 minutes. The cookies will be crunchy.

There’s more where that came from! shows you how to rock Halloween vegan style.

The Creative Guru:
Gosia Aleta is Skout’s Director of Community Support. Crafting using glitter and stickers with her two girls never gets old. She loves doing anything creative: crafts, baking, making something out of nothing…basically anything that makes her think outside of the box! And she likes frosting – a lot. 😉


10 Friendliest College Towns in America

Does your school rule when it comes to friendly people? We looked all across the United States to see in which college towns people meet the most new friends using Skout. Get schooled on the top 10 friendliest college towns:

  1. Madison, Wis.
  2. Los Angeles
  3. New York City
  4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  5. Chicago
  6. San Francisco
  7. Boulder, Colo.
  8. Phoenix
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Dallas


Skout learned all sorts of info about friendly college towns, including:

Where’s Boston?!
While Boston is known as “America’s college town,” because there are more than 100 colleges and universities within its metro area, it didn’t even crack the top 10 on Skout’s Friendliest College Towns list.

Guys and Gals
The friendliest college-age men are in Boulder, Colo., and the friendliest college-age women are in Madison, Wis. That being said, 61 percent of ALL college students say women are friendlier than men on campus.

Presenting the Most Generous People
Skout found that the most generous college-age adults are in Los Angeles. Skouters there share more virtual gifts with friends than all the college-age adults in Boston, Miami, Chicago and Dallas combined!

Goodbye, High School
Fifty-nine percent of college students said they were worried about making new friends during freshman year. No worries, though, because 72 percent of college students say they met good friends within a WEEK of being on campus! And 57 percent of college students say it’s easier to make friends in college than in high school.

Top College Places to Meet People 
Here is where college students say you should hang out in order to make new friends:

  1. 75% – classroom
  2. 42% – parties
  3. 39% – orientation
  4. 36% – dorms
  5. 35% – cafeteria
  6. 34% – online
  7. 28% – sports teams
  8. 27% – library

Roommates = Good Mates
Almost three-quarters – 73 percent! – of college students say they consider their roommate a friend.

Cliques Need Not Apply
Only one-third – 37 percent – of students started college with an existing friend or acquaintance.

Did your college town make our list?

Did your college town make our list?


Now it’s YOUR turn to tell us what you think the friendliest college towns are! Rank these cities based on how friendly and welcoming the locals are. Just click the green up arrows to rate which towns you think are the friendliest!



Love that blue and gold? Share your school pride by swapping Pennants in the Gift Store!

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Want to give a Pennant gift to another Skouter? Tap here to learn how!

Happy National Friendship Week! Skouters Say How Far They’d Go for Friends

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

How far would you go for your friends? We all think we’d do anything for friendship, but is there a line you just won’t cross?

To celebrate National Friendship Week – August 16-22 – almost 1,500 Skouters told us which wild things they’d do for their friends. Highlights from Skout’s National Friendship Week survey include:

Friends are honest, even if you don’t want to hear it.
Ninety-two percent of people would tell their friend if they were wearing a questionable outfit.

Waxing – it’s not just for the pros!
Eighty-four percent of women are willing to help a friend when it comes to hair removal, whereas 54 percent of men say they’d help a friend with “manscaping.”

Car trouble? Call a friend.
Ninety-two percent of people would drop whatever they are doing to help a friend with a broken-down car.

Friends say they can spare a kidney.
Eighty-one percent of people are willing to donate their kidney to a friend in need, if they are a match.

Friends will support your taste in music, even if they hate it.
Seventy-seven percent of people will go see a friend’s favorite pop band, even if they can’t stand that group’s music.

Friends will help you move – even if that means missing the biggest sporting event of the year!
Seventy-seven percent of people would help a friend move, even if it were on the same day as the most popular football game of the year.

Besties before beers.
Fifty-nine percent of people are willing to skip alcoholic beverages themselves in support of a friend who’s on the wagon.

Friends will jump out of a plane for friendship.
Fifty-six percent of people would find a way to overcome a fear of heights if a good friend wanted to go skydiving.

Friends make the purrfect cat-sitters.
More than half – 55 percent! – of people are willing to cat-sit for a friend, even if they are allergic to cats!

How far is too far to go for a friend? Here are a few limitations Skouters cited:

Matching tattoos: Less than half – 46 percent – of people said they would be open to getting matching tattoos with a good friend.

Breaking up with a new flame: Just 39 percent of people say they would break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend because their good friend didn’t like him or her.

Moving to a new city with a friend: Only 38 percent of people would consider moving to a different city to follow their friend.


Some friendships go together like milk and cookies or pineapples and coconuts.

To celebrate National Friendship Week, Skout created a bunch of Friendship Week Buddies for you to send to your Skout besties. Each day of National Friendship Week — August 17-21 — Skout is making one Friendship Week Buddy FREE for you to give to your Skout friends. So be sure to check the Skout Gift Store every day to see which Buddy is free!

BFF having a bad day? Milk and cookies can save the day! Does your gal pal need a shoulder to cry on? Give her wine and cheese! Love talking football with a friend? Give that person a hot dog and mustard!

Tap here to learn how to give a Friendship Week Buddy to a Skouter. And tap here to learn how far Skouters say they’d go for their friends.

Take a look at the new Friendship Week Buddies in the Skout Gift Store:

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!

Take Skout’s quiz to find out which famous friend is the best match for you!