Boy’s Life

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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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Choosing the Most Effective Bug Spray to Stop Mosquitoes

Choosing the Most Effective Bug Spray to Stop Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and other bugs can spread disease and drive you crazy in the wilderness. Have no fear; bug sprays are here. But before you buy something to spray on your skin, consider the pluses and minuses. DEET-based repellants: Most experts say DEET-based repellents...

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How to Make a Face Mask Using a Scout Neckerchief

How to Make a Face Mask Using a Scout Neckerchief

You can make an easy face covering using a Scout neckerchief, T-shirt or a bandana. It doesn’t require any sewing, and you can use these face coverings during essential trips to the grocery or pharmacy, where social distancing is challenging to maintain. As...

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10 Videos Guaranteed to Make You Smile

If you’re bored, cooped up or just want to smile, check out these mood-boosting videos for the whole fam! 1. The sweetest story about a dog who left her first family to serve a great purpose (it’s not what you’d expect): 2. This painfully cute video...

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5 Good Turns You Can Do From Home

5 Good Turns You Can Do From Home

With schools closed and many Scouting events on pause, how do you continue to “Do a Good Turn Daily”? By remembering that acts of Scouting service don’t have to stop just because you’re at home. Here are some ideas for following the Scout...

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Where to Find a Good Fishing Pole for Backpacking?

Where to Find a Good Fishing Pole for Backpacking?

Q: My troop is going on a hike, and there will be several ponds where I’d like to fish along the way. What pole should I take that can handle being carried around and that will fit in my pack? — Caden, Mount Pleasant, Utah A: If you want to something to...

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Go on a Virtual Safari to See Wild Animals

Even if you can’t travel to Africa or visit a world-famous zoo, you can still watch wild animals in action. Many zoos, aquariums and nature parks provide live web cameras with 24-hour video feeds so you can do your animal watching at home on your computer,...

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Can You Hang a Hammock in a Tent?

Can You Hang a Hammock in a Tent?

Q: Is there a way to hang a hammock inside a tent? — Cory, Dallas Georgia A: Tent poles aren’t designed to safely hang a hammock, but you have a couple of options: Many manufacturers sell tarps designed to go over your hammock to shield you from rain and...

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How to Make a Baseball Bat Nameplate

How to Make a Baseball Bat Nameplate

Don’t throw away that old wooden baseball bat. It can still be a hit as a nameplate. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Wooden bat Keyhole saw for curved cut or ripsaw for straight cut Pencil and paper Hobby knife Coping saw for cutting out the letters A round file and a...

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