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How to Dispose of Dirty Water in the Backcountry

After you’ve washed your dishes, scrubbed your face and hands, and maybe even done some laundry, there’s just one more task ahead of you: What do you do with the leftover soapy water? USE BIODEGRADABLE SOAP Use biodegradable soap for your cleaning in the outdoors. A...

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How to Make a Model of the Solar System

Make a detailed model of Earth and all its neighboring planets with this quick STEM-focused project. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Paint (red, orange, yellow, green, bluegreen, dark blue, cobalt blue, light blue, white and black) 8 small Styrofoam balls (these will be the...

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No Cotton? Here’s the Best Clothing to Wear When Camping

Q: My friends say I can’t wear my normal cotton T-shirts when we go camping. What should I wear instead?— Carly, Fresno, California A: Cotton T-shirts can be the most comfortable thing to wear while hanging around your campsite. The problem? When you start to sweat,...

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How to Get Started With Scuba Diving

You can get your scuba certification from any agency recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, or any member of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Talk to your Scoutmaster or a trusted adult about finding a local dive shop. Check out the websites for these...

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Meet the 7 Species of Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are some of the most ancient and fascinating creatures around, their oldest ancestor having shared Earth with dinosaurs 120 million years ago. Today, seven species of sea turtles roam the world’s oceans. Five of those species nest in the U.S. LOGGERHEADS...

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Inside the July 2019 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the July 2019 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 magazine....

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How to Avoid Ticks on Hikes

Q: I keep getting attacked by ticks on hikes! What can I do?— Kevin, Nevada, Iowa A: Try to stay in the middle of well-established trails. Ticks like to climb up your legs, so as soon as you go walking through tall grasses or bushwhacking through the brush, you’re...

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How to Plank

This exercise is an easy way to strengthen your core — the muscles around your stomach and back. 1. Get into the push-up position. 2. Bend your elbows 90 degrees, resting your weight on your forearms and keeping your elbows beneath your shoulders. 3. Form a straight...

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How to Build a Frog Pond in Your Backyard

Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem and help keep insect populations under control. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating an amphibian habitat in your own backyard. WHAT YOU NEED Shovel Pond liner or landscaping liner Tape measure Level Medium-sized rocks...

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Pedro’s Parking Puzzle

Philmont’s parking lot is too full. Can you unscramble all the parked cars in this brain-teasing puzzle game? Philmont’s parking lot is too full. Can you unscramble all the parked cars in this brain-teasing puzzle game?Powered by WPeMatico

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Inside the June 2019 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the June 2019 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 magazine....

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Episode 8: How Do Electric Cars Work?

What’s an electric car? How does it work? When and why were they invented? That’s what we’re talking about on this episode of PodAsk. Listen below! https://boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/electric_car_full.mp3  Are You a Fan of PodAsk? If you haven’t yet,...

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Help! How Can I Stop Smelly Gear?

Q. Help! All my gear reeks! How can I prevent that smell?— Jake, Fayetteville, Arkansas A. First, never leave your stuff cooped up in your backpack or stuff sack after an outing. When you do that, tiny microbes grow on your gear, and the smell can be lethal. Second,...

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Make a Do-It-Yourself Archery Quiver

Embrace your inner Hawkeye, Link or Katniss with this easy-to-make arrow holder. WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A QUIVER A cardboard tube. Make sure your arrows fit inside. A 3-foot length of rope, twine or paracord Glue stick Construction paper Stapler Single-hole punch Soft...

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Episode 7: What Does Godzilla Eat?

Who is Godzilla? And what does he eat? All this and more on this week’s episode of PodAsk. We brought in world-famous Professor Rep Tile to get to the bottom of this brain-scratcher. Check it out! https://boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/7_godzilla_full.mp3 ...

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Which Lightweight Jacket is Best?

Q. What kind of jacket do you recommend for a spring trip to Philmont? If possible, I need it to be lightweight and around $100.— Kate, Akron, Ohio A. Philmont recommends packing a fleece jacket designed to block the wind and keep you warm on cool nights. Fleece is...

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Episode 6: Why Don’t We Wear Hats As Much Anymore?

Where did all the hats we see in old pictures go? Why don’t we wear hats as much as people used to? Why did regular hat-wearing go out of fashion? We’ve got this question covered. Plus, hear from a special guest on this episode. Check it out!...

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How to Start a Rock Collection

A rock hound is an amateur collector of rocks and minerals. Becoming a rock hound is easy (just pick up a rock!), but here are a few ideas to get you started on your rock collection. WHICH ROCKS TO COLLECT You can base your collection on color, shape, texture or...

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This Camporee is All STEM, All the Time

Catapults were ancient war machines used to throw huge rocks at castle walls. Nowadays — in a much-smaller form — they can be a fun way to learn about physics and engineering. At the Great Southwest Council’s El Valle Manzano District Fall STEM Camporee in New Mexico,...

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Episode 5: What’s Under The Grass?

What’s below grass? What’s inside the Earth? And if you dug a hole straight down, where would you end up? Join us on this journey to discover what’s going under the surface of our planet. Listen here:...

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Seven Ways Scouts Can Give Back at Camp

Camp gives you a lot — food, fun and  a place to rest your head at night.  Why not give a little something back? You actions make a HUGE difference in keeping camp an awesome experience for all Scouts in attendance. And helping the volunteers who make camp happen...

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Inside the May 2019 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the May 2019 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 magazine....

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