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Table Tennis Cup

Compete across the country in the Boys’ Life Table Tennis Cup. Compete across the country in the Boys’ Life Table Tennis Cup. Powered by...

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Bring Comfort to Your Campsite With This Great Gear

Just because your weekend plans involve sleeping in the wild doesn’t mean you can’t bring along some small comforts of home. Used within reason — like when you have capacity for a little extra equipment — these luxury items can help you relax and have fun outdoors....

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How to Build a Mason Jar Bird Feeder

This fun project can help keep backyard birds fed during the winter. WHAT YOU’LL NEED 1″ x 8″ x 5′ pine board cut into the following seven pieces: 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ 6″ x 6″ 7-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ 6-3/4″ x 10 1/2″ 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ (cut in half diagonally to make two gables)...

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Meet Eagle Scout Astronaut Raja Chari

NASA recently announced its 2017 astronaut class, and it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that one was an Eagle Scout. Raja Chari joins a long list of Eagle Scout astronauts that includes NASA legends like Neil Armstrong and James Lovell. BL recently spoke to...

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Videogame Review: The New And Improved Knack II Rocks!

When Knack was released as a PlayStation 4 launch title, it was good, but not great. For the sophomore effect, they refined many things. Here’s what makes Knack II a cut above the rest. Knack II isn’t the very cool game. It’s the very fun game. Yes, the debut of Knack...

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Prevent Tripping Over Tent Guy Lines

Q. Our troop is often a little crowded at campsites. How can I keep people from tripping on my tent guy lines at night?— Travis, Salt Lake City, Utah Try replacing your tent’s guy lines with reflective cord, such as MSR’s Reflective Utility Cord Kit ($23). The kit...

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The 7 Greatest Comebacks in NFL History

(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The greatest comebacks in National Football League history were fueled by talent, guts and maybe some luck. If you play sports long enough, you’re going to find yourself behind on the scoreboard somewhere along the way. Sometimes you might...

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Go Beyond GORP With These 35 Tasty Trail Mix Ingredients

There’s nothing like a bag of trail mix on a hiking or backpacking trip. Originally called GORP, for “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” this mix of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and other dry ingredients can be a good energy source on the trail. Almost anything can go...

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How to Make a Twig Number Sign

This rustic plaque is a perfect way to identify your pack or troop’s unit number. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Solid dry sticks about 3⁄4″ in diameter Pocketknife for removing bark Coping saw 1″ x 6″ x 12″ pine board (This is the backboard that the numbers will be glued and...

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Ridiculously Awesome Camping Stuff

Camping gear is awesome, and we’re always looking for the latest outdoor tools, gadgets and equipment. But sometimes we discover camping stuff that makes us pause. Is this tool useful or over-the-top? Is this equipment fun or just funny? Is this gadget great or goofy?...

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BL Reviews the Feature-Filled Madden NFL 18

Madden NFL 18 is so featured-filled! Here’s what works well (and what doesn’t). Longshot, the new story mode, has potential as a series. But this first one doesn’t offer you the best story ever. The ups and downs in football hopeful Devin’s Wade’s life could be fodder...

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How to Buy Hiking Boots

Your feet are your direct connection to the trail, so what you wear on them really matters — and it can make or break your day. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a boatload on a new pair. The key is getting a good fit and picking the right shoe for your needs....

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Recruit a Friend and Make Cub Scouting Even Better

You already know all of the things that make Cub Scouting so great: the adventures, the service projects, the teamwork, the games and everything else for which a Scout lives. In fact, the only thing more fun than being a Cub Scout is being a Cub Scout with a good...

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Here’s What’s Next for Nintendo in 2017

2017 has been super successful for Nintendo — and it’s not over. Here’s a look at what’s still to come. Nintendo 2DS XL The 2DS XL is a less expensive ($150) version of the 3DS XL ($200) portable console. The differences are subtle. Both have the same size screen and...

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How to Buy a Good Pocketknife or Multitool

Getting your first knife is one of those cool life events that makes you feel grown up. But knives are more than self-affirming pieces of personal property. You’ll use one in the backcountry for everything from slicing cheese to cleaning fish (and so much more). The...

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How to Make Homemade Dog Treats

Make some tasty, homemade treats that your dog will love. You can even use these treats to help teach your dog a new trick! WHAT YOU’LL NEED One 3.5-ounce jar of strained-meat baby food (no salt added), beef or veal recommended. 1/2 cup powdered skim milk 3/4 cup...

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Inside the September 2017 issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the September 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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30 Funny Back-To-School Jokes

Summer vacation is over, and that’s no laughing matter. But you can go back to the classroom with a smile on your face, thanks to these funny jokes about school sent in by Boys’ Life readers. Do you know a funny joke? Click here to send it to us. Luke comes home from...

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Build a Chuck Box for Camp Cooking

Make camp cooking easier and more convenient with this portable kitchen box. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Your cooking gear Tape measure 9/16″ plywood (You’ll need one standard sheet for the small-size box shown.) Four 1″ x 3″ oak planks for the legs (The average height for the...

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Can You Identify These Animal Tracks?

Animal track illustrations are courtesy of Lynn Levine and Martha Mitchell. For more information see Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide or click on Heartwoodpress.com.Powered by...

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How to Pack a Better School Lunch

Here are some tips and tricks to make your school lunch tasty and nutritious. PLAN IT OUT Sit down for a few minutes on the weekend and plan out the next week’s lunches. This will help prepare you for what’s on the menu, and give you some say in the choices. BUY OR...

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Geocaching Takes You on a Modern-Day Treasure Hunt

On treasure maps of old, X marked the spot. Today’s treasure might be marked N 41 51.649 W 085 46.433. Confused? Then you probably haven’t heard about geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing). Geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt activity, uses global positioning systems...

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15 Funny Solar Eclipse Jokes

Brighten up eclipse day with these 15 funny jokes sent in by Boys’ Life readers. These totally funny solar eclipse jokes will guarantee your humor won’t be overshadowed on Aug. 21. Do you know a funny eclipse joke? Click here to send in your joke. Max: What did the...

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4 Tips to Make Your Tent Last

Q. Hello Gear Guy, I just got a new tent. What can I do to make sure it lasts me the longest amount of time possible? – Fresh Tent David, Philadelphia, Pa. A. Way to plan for the future, David. Caring for your gear is one of the most important things you can do. And...

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‘Be Prepared’ is Good Advice in Any Language

“Be Prepared” has been the Scout motto around the world since 1907. It has been translated into dozens of languages and is used by 40 million Scouts around the globe. Here’s how to say it in 25 other languages. • Wees geréed (Afrikaans) • كُن مستعداً — kun mstedaan...

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Websites to Help You Get Ready for College

There are tons of helpful websites to guide you as you get ready for college. Here are links to some of the best on career planning, choosing a college, campus visits, college applications, the SAT and ACT, practice tests, and scholarships and financial aid. For more...

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