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Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

Dragonflies Are Incredibly Agile Fliers and Amazing Hunters

Long before dinosaurs appeared on Earth, huge one-pound bugs with wings nearly 2.5 feet wide dominated the skies. A swarm of those dragonflies might have carried off your tent. Dragonflies still look much the same today, but they got quite a bit smaller over the...

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Inside the August 2021 Issue

Inside the August 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the August 2021 issue of Scout Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit scoutlife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Scout Life...

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Canoe or Kayak? Which is the Better Choice?

Canoe or Kayak? Which is the Better Choice?

When planning an aquatic trek, you’ll need the right vessel to carry you and your gear. That decision depends on how you want to travel and what kind of water you’ll encounter. Typically, kayaks are ideal for solo paddling, while canoes can fit two or three people....

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Scouts Race Down a Tennessee River on Homemade Rafts

Scouts Race Down a Tennessee River on Homemade Rafts

As they prepared for the 42nd annual Great Hiwassee River Raft Race, the Scouts from Troop 10 in Cleveland, Tennessee, had a plan: Finish with the fastest time. The Scouts from Troop 1010, also from Cleveland, had their own plan: Embrace the event’s theme by dressing...

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How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

Cool off with this backyard summertime sprinkler system made from PVC pipes. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes Following the cutting diagram below, cut the following lengths from the five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes: Eight 36″ pieces Six 24″ pieces Four 12″ pieces...

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How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

John Musgrove was on his first backpacking trip, and he was not a happy hiker. “I’m tired, and I think I’m going to barf,” he moaned. The eighth grader and his Scouts BSA patrol were hiking a section of the Appalachian Trial in the Mark Trail Wilderness of north...

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30 Funny Jokes and Comics for Father’s Day

30 Funny Jokes and Comics for Father’s Day

Want to give your dad something funny for Father’s Day? Why not tell him a joke. Here are 30 great jokes about dads sent in by Scout Life readers. Do you know a funny joke? Click here to send it to us. DOWNLOAD A FREE POCKET JOKE BOOK! Print and fold your own pocket...

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5 DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

5 DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up. Show Dad you care with a do-it-yourself gift. GET CRACKIN’ WITH THIS PEANUT BRITTLE Dad will love this homemade peanut brittle. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 1 cup of sugar ½ cup of light corn syrup 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine 1 cup of roasted...

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How to Make 4 Cool Gifts for Father’s Day

How to Make 4 Cool Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up. Dad will be one happy guy with one of these cool gifts. TANGLED TWINE? “Knot” anymore with this handy twine dispenser. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Wide-mouth canning jar Needle Roll of twine Pencil Thin cardboard Scissors WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. Poke the...

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Olympic Mascots Through the Years

Olympic Mascots Through the Years

Since 1968, it has been a tradition to have a mascot for each of the Olympic games. Take a peek at our photo gallery of Olympic mascots and then use the comments section to tell us which Olympic mascots you think were the wildest, craziest, weirdest and coolest. 1968...

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Inside the June-July 2021 Issue

Inside the June-July 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the June-July 2021 issue of Scout Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit scoutlife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Scout Life...

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How to Make Your Own Board Game

How to Make Your Own Board Game

Design and make your own board game to take family game night to the next level of fun. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A BOARD GAME Posterboard, cardboard or cardstock Game tokens, such as small toys Blank note cards or construction paper Dice Pencil, markers, crayons,...

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3 Proven Ways to Avoid Bug Bites in the Outdoors

3 Proven Ways to Avoid Bug Bites in the Outdoors

Nobody likes bug bites. And some insects can spread serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus and dengue fever. You can avoid biting insects using this three-part strategy. 1. DON’T GO WHERE BUGS ARE. Mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums, horseflies and the...

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Best Sleeping Bags for Staying Cool on a Warm Night

Best Sleeping Bags for Staying Cool on a Warm Night

Q: What sleeping bag should I use if I don’t want the heat to get to me? — Gus, Atlanta, Georgia A: Many factors affect a sleeping bag’s comfort: rectangular or mummy design, temperature rating, down or synthetic insulation — it can be tough to find the right fit....

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Stuff We Like: Polar Bear Backpack Cooler

Stuff We Like: Polar Bear Backpack Cooler

The Polar Bear Backpack Cooler ($130, polarbearcoolers.com) is designed to keep ice frozen for 24 hours in 100-degree heat. I poured about 8 pounds of pellet ice into this insulated backpack along with a few drinks and placed it directly in the sun for six hours on a...

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Inside the May 2021 Issue

Inside the May 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the May 2021 issue of Scout Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit scoutlife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Scout Life magazine....

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65 Funny Star Wars Jokes and Comics

65 Funny Star Wars Jokes and Comics

May the farce be with you! Laugh at funny Star Wars jokes, puns and comics by Boys’ Life readers that would even make Darth Vader chuckle. 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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6 Handmade Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

6 Handmade Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up. Show Mom she’s the best with one of these handmade gifts. BUILD-A-BAG Make Mom this fancy purse out of a placemat. What You’ll Need: A durable placemat in Mom’s favorite colors Heavy-duty thread A needle that can handle thick thread Scissors...

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How to Be Prepared For a Total Lunar Eclipse

How to Be Prepared For a Total Lunar Eclipse

There’s a lunar eclipse coming on May 26, 2021, and you won’t want to miss it. WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE? A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves directly behind Earth, causing our planet to be between the moon and the sun. The moon crosses into Earth’s shadow,...

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Welcome to the Summer of Service

Welcome to the Summer of Service

A big part of being a member of the Boy Scouts of America is doing a Good Turn. In the end, that’s what it’s all about: doing something nice for someone else. This summer, it means even more. Welcome to the BSA’s Summer of Service. It’s going on now, and you can...

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How to Prepare For a Long Hike

How to Prepare For a Long Hike

Q: My troop is going on a 25-mile hike soon. What is the best way to prepare for it? A: We went straight to an expert for this question: Joe Koehly, director and guide for Backwoods Adventures, which takes people hiking and backpacking all over the world. Here are his...

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How To Buy a Great Hydration Pack For Water on the Go

How To Buy a Great Hydration Pack For Water on the Go

Hydration packs have built-in access to water you can drink while you’re wearing the pack. They come in many designs and sizes, specialized for activities like hiking, mountain biking and running. Like a camel, these packs are equipped with a special bladder that lets...

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Where Can I Find a Healthy Energy Bar?

Where Can I Find a Healthy Energy Bar?

Q: I’m having trouble finding a healthy energy bar that doesn’t have too much sugar and is filling. Do you have any suggestions? — Carson, Austin, Texas A: You’re right; many popular energy bars are sugary or unsatisfying. Find some better options by shopping keto....

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Eagle Scout Brings Comic Book Worlds to Life

Eagle Scout Brings Comic Book Worlds to Life

At Star Wars Celebration gatherings, you can’t avoid bumping into characters like Rey and Kylo Ren. But one year, Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Dave Marshall ran into someone he didn’t expect to see: Kerra Holt, a Jedi knight he had helped bring to life in a comic...

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Inside the April 2021 Issue

Inside the April 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the April 2021 issue of Scout Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit scoutlife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Scout Life...

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Fun Facts About a Critter You Otter Get to Know!

Fun Facts About a Critter You Otter Get to Know!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? Swimming, fishing or sliding, perhaps? Those are some favorite pastimes for otters, too. Though otters have to spend time looking for food and avoiding predators, they always seem to have lots of time for playing....

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Stuff We Like: FogBlock Spray

Stuff We Like: FogBlock Spray

If you wear glasses, you’ve probably gotten annoyed by foggy lenses from wearing a face covering during the pandemic. KeySmart’s FogBlock anti-fog spray ($15, getkeysmart.com) can help you see clearly. The concoction of water, isopropyl alcohol and sodium bicarbonate...

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How to Get a Summer Job

How to Get a Summer Job

Put that extra time you’ll have this summer to good use. No matter your age, working a summer job can help you build your savings or pay for that special something. Whatever your reasons, working will give you practical experience that you can apply to your future...

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