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How to Make an Origami X-Wing Fighter

Use these step-by-step instructions to fold your very own Star Wars X-Wing ship. WHAT YOU’LL NEED One square sheet of origami paper (the larger the sheet, the easier it will be to fold) WHAT YOU’LL DO Step 1: Start with the color side up. Fold diagonally both ways....

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Make Hiking Less Tiring With These Simple Strategies

Up one hill and down another: Before you know it, your pack weighs a ton and you’re panting like a dog. But a hike does not have to be this tiring. A steady pace will conserve energy by ironing out all those ups and downs. FIND YOUR STRIDE Everyone has a different...

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How to Make a Monopod Hiking Staff for your Smartphone

Build this monopod hiking staff to keep your smartphone steady and at the ready to take videos and photos on the trail —- or anywhere else. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Smartphone 1 1⁄4″ x 48″ dowel (a cylindrical wooden pole) Closet pole end caps (The caps come two to a...

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9 Optical Illusions to Confuse Your Brain

Your eyes can play tricks on you. Pictures that confuse your eyes and brain, tricking them into seeing something differently, are called optical illusions. See if you can figure out these optical illusions. WHICH OBJECT IS TALLER? None: They’re all the same size....

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Scouts Discover Pinewood Derby Car Hidden in Hurricane Debris

After Hurricane Harvey decimated much of the Texas Gulf Coast earlier this fall, Boy Scout troops from around the region chipped in to help clean up the mess. Troop 41 from Tomball, Texas, was one of those troops. “I had a general idea that a lot of people were going...

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Six Projects to Make With Recycled Plastic Bottles and Jugs

Try out these other “Go Green!” projects Recycle empty plastic bottles and jugs into these fun and useful projects. TEN-MINUTE BIRD FEEDER Cut four holes 2″ from the bottom on each side of a half-gallon milk jug. Below each hole, make a small hole and poke dowels or...

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Scouts Surprise Hurricane Victims Who Lost Their Toys

Earlier this fall, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over the Gulf Coast of Texas. Many families lost their homes and most of the possessions inside. Rafe, Jarrett and Noah Kotalik, along with other members of Troop 1772 in The Woodlands, Texas,...

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How to Keep Pots From Turning Black

How do you keep pots from your mess kit from turning black when using them over a fire? — Seared Sandi in Hamburg, N.Y. A: Don’t cook over a fire! Just kidding — sort of. Actually, cooking over a camp stove is the best way to avoid blackened pots. Plus it’s more...

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The Xbox One X Is the Superhero Of Game Consoles

It’ll be an awesome holiday season for Xbox fans. Here’s the scoop on the brand-new Xbox One X — and all things Xbox! What is the Xbox One X? The $500 Xbox One X is like The Mighty Thor of videogame consoles. It’s super powerful. But, thankfully, it’s not monstrously...

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Westy’s Monster Truck Challenge

Make your own Monster Truck! Choose a paint job, customize your wheels and race for victory! Make your own Monster Truck! Choose a paint job, customize your wheels and race for victory! Powered by...

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Super Mario Odyssey Is One Epic Adventure

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the year’s finest offerings, filled with dinosaurs, faraway locales, actual human beings and plenty of open-world exploring. Yes, there are plenty of classic pipes and coins, too. Here’s what makes the game great. Super Mario Odyssey is a...

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Inside the November 2017 issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the November 2017 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit Boyslife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Boys’ Life...

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4 Interesting Factory Tours Around the Country

There’s no better way to see American innovation at its finest than to visit a factory at work. On factory tours, you experience the complex process of creation, realizing that planes, baseball bats and money do not grow on trees. And you might even get some free...

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How to Buy a Camping Stove For Your Next Adventure

In the backcountry, a lightweight backpacking stove is a convenience most of the time, an irritation sometimes (when it doesn’t work as it should) and, in certain circumstances, a critical piece of gear that can help get you through a challenging situation (such as...

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25 of the Best Toys, Games and Gadgets of 2017

After hours and hours of testing, here are some of the best ways to have fun this holiday season. EYE IN THE SKY We’ve tried out lots of drones over the years, and Infinity NX is one of the easiest to control once you get the hang of it. You can use your smartphone or...

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These Are Fall’s 4 Best Mobile Games

Here’s a look at some of the best mobile games this season. Whether you love strategy games or story games or something else, there’s a great mobile game waiting for you to play. Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two This year, Jesse and the gang have found fame, and that...

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How to Draw a Cat

Grab a pencil (NOT a pen!) and let’s learn how to draw a realistic cat! Here’s how. STEP 1: Draw a small circle for the cat’s head. Then add a larger circle below it and a larger one still below that for the cat’s body. STEP 2: Join the circles together with a smooth,...

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How to Make a Time Capsule

This indestructible tube will keep your treasures safe for years. WHAT YOU’LL NEED One precut PVC pipe 4 inches in diameter (We recommend 1 foot in length, but you can make yours larger or smaller, depending on how much you want to store in the time capsule.) Two...

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Pedro’s Drift Derby

Upgrade your car and become the ultimate racing champion on 14 tracks. Upgrade your car and become the ultimate racing champion on 14 tracks. Powered by...

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62 Funny Halloween Jokes and Comics

Happy Halloween! We dare you not to scream with laughter when you read these funny Halloween jokes by Boys’ Life readers. Do you know a funny Halloween joke? Click here to send in your joke. Joe: What do you call wood when it’s scared?Bob: I don’t know.Joe:...

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Learn How To Be a Ventriloquist

How to build a ventriloquist’s dummy Over the past 25 years, Ronn Lucas has entertained four U.S. presidents, Queen Elizabeth and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He has had three TV series and numerous TV specials, performed on Broadway and starred in his own Las...

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How to Keep Spiders as Pets

Spiders can make fascinating pets. Here are a few steps to get you started keeping spiders. Step 1: Catch a spider Spiders are all around us, indoors and out, so they’re not hard to find. Some species can bite and a few are venomous. Learn about dangerous spiders in...

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How to Carve a Willow Whistle

Make a variable-pitch whistle that you can use to signal, play a tune or just show off your carving skills. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Pocketknife Small piece of willow branch, 3 to 5 inches long, about the diameter of your little finger WHAT YOU’LL DO 1. Cut a 45-degree bevel...

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How to Make Slime With Glue and Borax

Slime requires two main ingredients: polyvinyl alcohol (in this case, glue) and borate ion (in this case, borax). Slime forms because polyvinyl alcohol is attracted to borate ion. That attraction creates lots of long, sticky chains — or slime. Here’s how to make your...

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Inside the October 2017 issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the October 2017 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit Boyslife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Boys’ Life...

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Need Good Boots That Aren’t Too Expensive

Q. I can’t find any good boots that hold up. The bottoms of mine wore off. I’m headed to Philmont next year with my troop, so I’m in desperate need of some good boots that aren’t too expensive.— Bootless Bob, Columbia, Mississippi A. You’re in luck, Bootless Bob. Rich...

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Videogame Review — Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns is one of the year’s most thrilling, challenging 3DS games. Here’s why. It’s got that ideal Metroid style It’s all about deep, dark labyrinths. If you haven’t played a Metroid game before, digging through these magnificent mazes makes Samus...

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