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Inside the December 2021 Issue

Inside the December 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the December 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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Scouts Train Like an Astronaut at Cosmosphere Camp

Scouts Train Like an Astronaut at Cosmosphere Camp

You slip onto a seat inside an enclosed machine. It slowly starts spinning, picking up speed like a Tilt-A-Whirl ride gone haywire. The faster it accelerates, the greater the gravitational force you feel — up to four times greater than normal. That’s a G-force of 4,...

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How to Use Yarn to Make a Pompom Snowman

How to Use Yarn to Make a Pompom Snowman

Brighten your home this winter with this cool and crafty snowman decoration. It’s a perfect gift! WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A POMPOM SNOWMAN 1 skein of yarn — makes about 10 to 15 pompoms, depending on the size Craft, fabric or hot glue Scissors Googly eyes (optional)...

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Learn How to Draw a Bear From a Pro

Learn How to Draw a Bear From a Pro

Bears are fun to draw. Watch this video to find out how to draw one with this art lesson from Aaron Blaise, an Oscar-nominated animator who worked on The Lion King, Aladdin, Brother Bear and more. HOW TO DRAW A BASIC BEAR IN 5 STEPS Here’s a step-by-step guide for...

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How to Use Rope Tackle to Move a Log

How to Use Rope Tackle to Move a Log

Rope tackle allows you to move a large load with a small amount of force. It works on the same principle as using ropes and pulleys for lifting or hauling loads. Here’s how to set up rope tackle to move a log. For best results, you’ll want to use a strong rope that...

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Skunks Stink But They’re Also Fascinating

Skunks Stink But They’re Also Fascinating

When you think “skunk,” you probably think “stink.” But these critters are usually sweet-natured and helpful — they eat a lot of pests! Of course, it doesn’t help that skunks belong to the scientific family called Mephitidae, a word that means “stink” in Latin. What’s...

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Troop 305 Burns Up the Road on 10-Day Bicycling Trip

Troop 305 Burns Up the Road on 10-Day Bicycling Trip

Normally, seeing a paved path wouldn’t feel that exciting. But after you’ve been pedaling miles through a sandy trail in the desert under the scorching sun, nothing looks more welcoming. “It felt so nice to be back on pavement,” says First Class Scout Jerry Yao, 14....

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Stay Warm and Dry This Winter With These Gear Tips

Stay Warm and Dry This Winter With These Gear Tips

Whatever your winter activity, staying warm requires finding the right combination of layers. The specific layers depend on your body, the temperature, wind speeds and how much you sweat. BASIC TIPS FOR STAYING COMFORTABLE IN THE COLD MOVE. Clothing does not produce...

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50 Funny Thanksgiving Day Jokes and Comics

50 Funny Thanksgiving Day Jokes and Comics

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Here’s a plateful of Thanksgiving jokes by Scout Life readers that will make you thankful you have a funny bone instead of a wishbone on Turkey Day. Do you know a funny Thanksgiving joke? Click here to send your joke to us. Laugh at 4,000+ more...

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How to Make a Hardware Chess Set

How to Make a Hardware Chess Set

Making your own chess set can be as easy as digging around in your dad’s spare parts drawer. Wing nuts, anchor caps, bolts, washers and a few other odd pieces of specialty hardware are all you need to make your own version of this “hardware chess” set. WHAT YOU’LL...

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Improve Your Chess Skills With These 9 Expert Tips

Improve Your Chess Skills With These 9 Expert Tips

Command an army. Sharpen your mind. Outwit your opponent. Have fun. You’ll get all this and more with chess, a game of strategy that has been challenging the world’s greatest thinkers for 15 centuries. Playing the game can be tough. That’s why we asked 23-year-old...

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101 Funny Halloween Jokes and Comics

101 Funny Halloween Jokes and Comics

Happy Halloween! We dare you not to scream with laughter when you read these funny Halloween jokes by Scout Life readers. Do you know a funny Halloween joke? Click here to send in your joke. Laugh at 4,000+ more funny jokes at jokes.scoutlife.org! DOWNLOAD A FREE...

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Best Waterproof Action Camera for Northern Tier?

Best Waterproof Action Camera for Northern Tier?

Q: My troop is going to Northern Tier next summer, and I was wondering what the best camera would be to capture all of the action. It would need to be waterproof and have a long battery life. — Vincent, Watsontown, Pennsylvania A: GoPro cameras are the gold standard...

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Stuff We Like: Selk’bag

Stuff We Like: Selk’bag

It’s early, it’s cold and you don’t feel like getting out of your cozy sleeping bag. With a Selk’bag (selkbagusa.com), you don’t have to. The wearable sleeping bag has arms, legs, an adjustable insulated hood and removable booties. You can zip off the booties, lace up...

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Making a List? Here Are 29 of the Best Toys and Games of 2021

Making a List? Here Are 29 of the Best Toys and Games of 2021

Here are some of the top toys, games and gadgets to put on your list for this holiday season. Each one was kid-tested and approved. KEEP UP WITH YOUR FITNESS Keep up with your fitness and more with Fitbit Ace 3. Our 7-year-old tester says this newest tracker is easy...

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Inside the November 2021 Issue

Inside the November 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the November 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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Scouts Practice Resourcefulness at Wilderness Survival Campout

Scouts Practice Resourcefulness at Wilderness Survival Campout

Megan Lamm stood on the shore with a curved wooden stick she found, some line, a small hook and a handful of worms. That’s all she needed to catch panfish. Well, that plus a little luck. “We had a lot of luck,” the 16-year-old First Class Scout says. “For whatever...

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Scouts Hike the Challenging Trails of Santa Catalina Island

Scouts Hike the Challenging Trails of Santa Catalina Island

Every morning, Aditya Khanna announced to his fellow Scouts that it was “time to wake up.” Snug in their sleeping bags, the 14 others didn’t awaken annoyed, but instead welcomed the 15-year-old First Class Scout’s daily proclamations. When one of your friends can’t...

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How Much Water Should I Bring for a Two-mile Hike?

How Much Water Should I Bring for a Two-mile Hike?

Q: How much water should I bring for a two-mile hike? — Jonah, Monrovia, California A: Two miles might not sound very strenuous, especially during a cool autumn day. Still, no matter the weather, you’re going to get thirsty. Plan to drink about 16 ounces for every...

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10 Tasty S’mores Recipes

10 Tasty S’mores Recipes

S’mores are awesome, and we know there really isn’t a reason to mess with this classic camping dessert. But if you are feeling adventurous and want something new, here are 10 tasty alternative S’mores recipes that you should try. Got another S’mores variation? Tell us...

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Can You Name That Knot?

Knots have thousands of uses and there are dozens of useful knots. See how well you know your knots by taking this quiz.Powered by WPeMatico

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Inside the October 2021 Issue

Inside the October 2021 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the October 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 a Glow-in-the-Dark Galaxy Jar

How To Make a Glow-in-the-Dark Galaxy Jar

Add a little glow to your room with a Glow-in-the-Dark Galaxy Jar! This crafty project is also known as a calming jar, because it can help with stress relief. WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR GALAXY JAR Craft paintbrushes Glass jar with a lid Glitter Glow-in-the-dark acrylic...

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Here Are 10 of the Best Places Around the U.S. To See Bats

Here Are 10 of the Best Places Around the U.S. To See Bats

Bat watching can be as simple as sitting in a yard at dusk or standing near a streetlight or pond observing a bat chasing a moth. For the coolest experiences, visit a bat roost with a sizable colony. Bat “emergences,” also called “outflights,” are spectacular shows...

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7 Crazy Animal Encounters in the World of Sports

7 Crazy Animal Encounters in the World of Sports

Animals are cool. Sports are cool, too. But not at the same time! Dogs and cats often wander onto playing fields, but check out these uninvited critters. SQUIRRELLY BASEBALL A squirrel ran between the legs of baseball pro Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins in a game...

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10 Fun Facts About Yellowstone

10 Fun Facts About Yellowstone

Here are 10 fun facts about Yellowstone National Park. THE NATION’S FIRST NATIONAL PARK 1. Established March 1, 1872, Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. ONE HUGE PARK 2. The park covers 3,500 square miles. It’s in parts of three states: Wyoming, Montana...

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How Many National Parks Have You Visited?

The United States has hundreds of national monuments, seashores, historic sites, rivers, battlefields and memorials. But there are only 63 officially-designated national parks. National parks are very popular and attract millions of visitors every year, but not many...

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How to Make a Camp Song

How to Make a Camp Song

Q: How do I make a camp song? — Andrew, Atlanta, Georgia A: It’s fun transforming a beloved or funny Scouting experience into a song. To make one everyone can enjoy, keep it simple. The simplest way is to take a tune everyone knows and replace the lyrics. Pay...

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Stuff We Like: CLIQ Chair

Stuff We Like: CLIQ Chair

You can spend as little as $20 or as much as $300 for a camp chair — the more features, comfort and durability, the higher the price tag typically is. With the features the CLIQ Chair ($130, cliqproducts.com) offers, it’s a pretty good value. The biggest highlight is...

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