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The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

After the major Zelda and Mario releases in 2017, what’s next for the Switch console? Expect new entries for Kirby, Yoshi and, perhaps best of all, Pokémon. Nintendo might also add a web browser to the console. There will likely be a Nintendo 64 mini console later...

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Comfortable Camping With a Bad Back

Q. I have a bad back. I need something to keep me more comfortable while camping. I don’t care if it’s a mat or a cot, but I want it to last a long time. Any ideas?— Tanner, Monroe, Louisiana A. You’re in luck! Click here for our sleeping pad buying guide, including a...

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How to Build a Stand-Alone Camp Table

This small camp table stands up by itself and provides a convenient raised surface for cooking and other uses. Here’s how to build it. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Four Scout staves (or hiking staffs) for the table legs About 12 Scout staves for the tabletop Two sturdy 2 1⁄2′...

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25 Funny Pinewood Derby Jokes

Be a humor champion with these winning Pinewood Derby jokes written by Boys’ Life readers. These funny jokes are guaranteed to take the checkered flag at your next race. Do you know a funny Pinewood Derby joke? Click here to send in your joke. Tim: In what section of...

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How to Use an Ax to Chop Wood

The ax is one of the oldest tools humans have ever used. It’s still one of the best for gathering wood. But you must know what you’re doing. The ax is one of the oldest tools humans have ever used. It’s still one of the best for gathering wood. But you must know what...

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How to Do the 4 Thieves Card Trick

This simple magic trick is all about storytelling — and a little sleight of hand. Here are the steps to perform the 4 Thieves Card Trick or watch the video to see the magic in action. HOW TO DO THE 4 THIEVES CARD TRICK STEP 1: Begin with four jacks in your hand,...

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It’s Boysies Time! These Are the Best Videogames of 2017

It’s been an epic year for videogames. So blow those trumpets. Bang those drums. It’s time for the Boysie Awards. Here are BL‘s picks for the best videogames of the year! Best Mobile Game | Monument Valley 2 The first version of this game won BL’s Best Mobile Game...

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Outstanding Pinewood Derby Car Designs of 2017

Need ideas for your Pinewood Derby car design? Here are images of some of the coolest Pinewood Derby car designs of 2017 created by Boys’ Life readers. Send in a photo of your Pinewood Derby car. Pinewood Derby Design Photo Gallery Send in a photo of your Pinewood...

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How to Make a Fast Pinewood Derby Car

Packs around the country are preparing to hold their annual Pinewood Derby. There are many ways to make your Pinewood Derby car go faster. Here are some of them. Basic Guidelines for Pinewood Derby Car Design The possibilities are endless when it comes to picking a...

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Which Game Should Win the 2017 Boysie Game of the Year Title?

It has been a terrific year for gaming. Here are the top contenders for BL’s 2017 Boysie Awards. The Nintendo Switch brought us two epic open-world games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild kicked things off last spring. It’s not only the most beautiful game...

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Inside the January 2018 issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the January 2018 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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How to Buy a Good Sleeping Pad For Camping

Click here for the Gear Guy’s sleeping bag buying guide Find expert tips to help you get a good night’s sleep With so much cool camping gear to choose from, it’s easy for the simple sleeping pad to get overlooked. But one miserable night’s sleep will usually cure...

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Build a Hand Wash Station

This wash station is sturdy, portable and very useful when camping away from washroom facilities. Here’s how to build it. MATERIALS NEEDED: Six good, straight sticks as follows: Two 2′ x 3/4″ to 1″ sticks for the leg braces Two 4′ x 3/4″ to 1″ sticks for the back leg...

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Scouts Rock the Slopes During Big Sky Ski Weekend

At the top of a ridge way up on the mountain, a handful of skiers are looking for a double black diamond trail to really test their advanced skills. Meanwhile, a different group of skiers lingers on the bunny slopes near the bottom, trying to master basic ski...

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How to Make an Animated Flip Book

This interactive flip book can help you learn the ins and outs of animation. Making this project could also help you complete requirement 3 of the Animation merit badge. WHAT YOU’LL NEED A stack of index cards Packing tape One paintbrush Mod Podge or craft paste...

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Watch How a Pinewood Derby Kit Gets Made

Even before you open the box, your Pinewood Derby car has traveled thousands of miles. The journey begins in a forest in Idaho. The wood blocks travel to Indiana, where they are packaged and shipped. Finally, they arrive at your local Scout shop. The rest is up to you...

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50 Funny Christmas Jokes and Comics

Happy Holidays! Count down the days until Christmas with these very funny kid’s Christmas jokes sent in by Boys’ Life readers. We guarantee this clean Christmas humor will help you “ho ho ho” like a certain jolly old elf. Do you know a funny Christmas joke? Click here...

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45 Funny Star Wars Jokes and Comics

May the farce be with you! Here are 30 funny Star Wars jokes, puns and comics by Boys’ Life readers that would even make Darth Vader laugh. Do you know a funny Star Wars joke or pun? Click here to send in your joke. Greg: Which Star Wars character travels around the...

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Yooka-Laylee comes to Nintendo Switch Dec. 14

Yooka-Laylee, the 3-D platformer made by creators of Banjo-Kazooie, launches on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 14. The game originally launched in April on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Here’s what you can expect. What’s a Yooka-Laylee? Although the title’s a play on words, it’s not...

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40 Very Funny Christmas Jokes and Comics

Happy Holidays! Count down the days until Christmas with these funny Christmas jokes sent in by Boys’ Life readers. These Christmas jokes will help you “ho ho ho” like a certain jolly old elf. Do you know a funny Christmas joke? Click here to send it to us. Comic by...

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Inside the December 2017 issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the December 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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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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