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Inside the August 2020 Issue

Inside the August 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the August 2020 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...

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Three Things to Know About Launching Water Bottle Rockets

Three Things to Know About Launching Water Bottle Rockets

Did you know you can launch a rocket in your backyard using only an empty plastic bottle, water and a launchpad? Unlike engine-powered rockets, water bottle rockets don’t pose a fire risk and often require less prep. These DIY rockets still pack a powerful...

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Hard Work is Worth the Reward on an Epic Maine Adventure

Hard Work is Worth the Reward on an Epic Maine Adventure

Anthony Frisoli crouched next to David Benavides as they both stared into the churning white water. “You ready for this?” Anthony asked. David nodded. “But you go first.” Anthony, 17, winked and scooted along the muddy riverbank. With a sudden...

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How to Prevent and Treat Snake Bites

How to Prevent and Treat Snake Bites

It can be unsettling to come across a snake on a campout, especially a venomous one. Snakebites present a potential danger — about 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by pit vipers and coral snakes every year, while another 37,000 are bitten by nonvenomous...

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10 of the World’s Most Impressive Trains and Railroads

10 of the World’s Most Impressive Trains and Railroads

Railroading has transformed the way we travel, getting us places more efficiently using manpower, animal power or modern technology. Here are some of the world’s fastest, most unusual and most innovative trains and railways. GOTTHARD BASE TUNNEL Erstfeld-Bodio,...

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How to Buy a Great Daypack for Hiking

How to Buy a Great Daypack for Hiking

Dayhiking is simple: Stuff what you need into a small pack and head off for a day of adventure. What can seem complicated is picking the right daypack. YOUR FIRST QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU NEED A DAYPACK FOR? Determining when, where and how far you hike — and how...

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Let’s Work Together to Make the World a Better Place

Today, Boys’ Life issued a challenge for Scouts and young people. Inspired by the words of the American Cultures merit badge pamphlet, the team is calling for art, poems and writing from youth on how we can see real change for the better in our...

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20 Funny Jokes for Father’s Day

20 Funny Jokes for Father’s Day

Want to give your dad something funny for Father’s Day? Why not tell him a joke. Here are 20 great jokes about dads sent in by Boys’ Life readers. Do you know a funny joke? Click here to send it to us. Caroline: When does a dad joke become a dad joke?...

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Best Water Bottle for a Long Camping Trip

Best Water Bottle for a Long Camping Trip

Q: I am going on a long camping trip. What is the best water bottle to bring? — Andrew, Yorktown, Virginia A: If you’re car camping with a dayhike or two on the schedule, take a look at CamelBak Chute Mag bottles ($15, holds 32 oz., scoutshop.org) or...

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Live! Learn How to Draw at Next Week’s Virtual Art-O-Ree

Live! Learn How to Draw at Next Week’s Virtual Art-O-Ree

Imagine getting free art lessons from the most accomplished illustrators from around the country. Maybe you want to ask them questions about their techniques. Maybe you’re looking for tips for your next art project. Maybe you’re bored and just want to draw...

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Inside the June-July 2020 Issue

Inside the June-July 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the June-July 2020 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...

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How to Customize a Coffee Mug for Father’s Day

How to Customize a Coffee Mug for Father’s Day

Give dad a cup full of love and warmth by customizing a coffee mug for him. Here’s how to do it: Buy a solid-color ceramic coffee mug. Get Dad’s favorite color to make it more special. Get his favorite coffee, hot chocolate or tea to put inside. Have an...

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How to Whittle Your Own Tent Stakes

How to Whittle Your Own Tent Stakes

Q: My troop is going camping, and we lost our tent stakes. Can we use whittled sticks? — Nigel, Monroe, Georgia A:Sure you can. Look for downed branches that aren’t rotten and brittle. After finding a strong piece of wood that is about a foot long and an...

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Make a Splash at 5 of the Coolest Water Parks in the U.S.

Even if you can’t get wet, these exciting ride videos can help you experience the thrill of visiting some of the nation’s best water parks. WATER COUNTRY USA Williamsburg, Virginia Water Country USA is one of the highest-rated water parks in the U.S. It...

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Join Us for a Day of Fun at the BSA’s National Camp-In

Join Us for a Day of Fun at the BSA’s National Camp-In

You’re missing going on campouts since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the shutdowns of many places. What can you do instead? How about “camping in”? The Boy Scouts of America is inviting you to a National Camp-In, starting at 11 a.m. EDT on May 2....

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Inside the May 2020 Issue

Inside the May 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the May 2020 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...

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How to Make a Homemade Photo Album for Mother’s Day

How to Make a Homemade Photo Album for Mother’s Day

Highlight your favorite moments together by making mom a photo album for Mother’s Day. Here are a few tips on how to make one out of construction or cardboard paper: Gather or print some favorite photos. The number of photos is up to you. Use a handheld hole...

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5 Animals With the Weirdest Tongues

Although tongues are important and useful, let’s admit it: They are a little weird. Here are some of the weirdest tongues out there: Woodpeckers Woodpeckers’ tongues attach near the front of their head and travel through the nose cavity, across the skull...

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How to Buy a Mess Kit and Camp Cooking Gear

How to Buy a Mess Kit and Camp Cooking Gear

Chow time is one of our favorite things about camping. Whether it’s a steamy pot of cheesy pasta or warm biscuits fresh out of the Dutch oven, good food makes for good times on the trail. Proper nutrition is key when you’re hiking and spending time in the...

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How to Prevent and Treat Tick Bites

How to Prevent and Treat Tick Bites

A tick bit Olivia Goodreau when she was 6 years old. That tick was infected with a bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Olivia and her family didn’t see the tick, and she didn’t get the “bull’s-eye” rash that happens with many people bitten...

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4 Tasty Foods To Cook Over Your Campfire’s Coals

4 Tasty Foods To Cook Over Your Campfire’s Coals

You don’t need a camp stove to make a delicious camp meal. Just use a bed of hot coals. Remember that fire safety rules apply to hot coals: Never leave burning coals unattended, and have fire-fighting tools available. When you’re done cooking, extinguish...

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Did this Troop Backpack Into a Whole New World?

Did this Troop Backpack Into a Whole New World?

Reagen Meador felt dehydrated, so the 17-year-old stopped while the rest of Troop 425 continued backpacking. “It was mostly over-confidence. I should’ve been drinking even if I didn’t want to,” Reagen says. “I was only drinking when we...

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9 Things to Know About Outdoor Ethics

9 Things to Know About Outdoor Ethics

When you’re outside, it’s your duty to make good decisions. Whether you’re a member of a Cub Scout pack, a Scouts BSA troop, a Venturing crew or a Sea Scout ship, it’s your duty to be responsible outdoors. From the pristine backcountry to your...

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How to Make a Monarch Butterfly Habitat

How to Make a Monarch Butterfly Habitat

The monarch butterfly population is in decline. To help out these beautiful creatures that pollinate wildflowers, you can build this protective habitat. It provides access to sunlight and keeps out predators, giving monarchs a safe place to grow before being released...

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