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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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Inside the April 2020 Issue

Inside the April 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the April 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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30 Funny St. Patrick’s Day Jokes and Comics

30 Funny St. Patrick’s Day Jokes and Comics

Even if you remember to wear green on March 17, you’ll still get a “pinch” of humor from these funny St. Patrick’s Day jokes submitted by Boys’ Life readers. Do you know a funny St. Patrick’s Day joke? Click here to send your joke...

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Inside the March 2020 Issue

Inside the March 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the March 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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Camp Introduces Teens to Skilled Trades

Camp Introduces Teens to Skilled Trades

Micah Louvierre had used a hammer before, but never like this. “I’ve swung hammers. I just didn’t know how to get it there in the fastest amount of time,” he says. “It took a minute to figure out.” The nail-driving competition...

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Scouts Explore Laurel Caverns

Scouts Explore Laurel Caverns

Can these explorers keep cool when their eyes play tricks on them and their headlamps go out? The group of Scouts and Venturers from Olney, Maryland, can’t believe their eyes. After making their way deep underground through a cave called Laurel Caverns, they had...

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Keep on Scouting

There probably are lots of reasons you joined Scouting. It’s a lot of fun. You like hanging out with your friends. You learn cool new stuff. You get to go camping and have fun in the outdoors. The list goes on. One thing for sure: You didn’t join Scouting...

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Expert Tips and Picks for Comfortable Hammock Camping

Expert Tips and Picks for Comfortable Hammock Camping

Hammock camping looks so fun, right? It can be a comfortable alternative to tent camping for backpacking and drive-in campgrounds. If you’re going to try it, do it right with these expert tips and picks for the best gear. PROS AND CONS OF HAMMOCK CAMPING For...

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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

Learn how to fold this classic paper fortune teller game and fill it with hidden messages for your friends. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO FOLD A PAPER FORTUNE TELLER 8 ½-by-11-inch piece of construction paper cut into a square Markers HOW TO CUT A PERFECT SQUARE If...

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How to Tie a Heart Knot for Valentine’s Day

How to Tie a Heart Knot for Valentine’s Day

The heart knot is easy to tie, and you can use it to make a necklace, bracelet or keychain. It makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or birthdays. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A HEART KNOT 3 feet of rope, paracord or leather lacing Tape...

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How to Fold Your Own Pocket-Sized Joke Books

How to Fold Your Own Pocket-Sized Joke Books

Never be without your favorite jokes again. Download, print and fold these fun pocket-sized joke books and you’ll always Be Prepared to laugh. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Scissors Glue stick Printed joke book template (see below) DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A JOKE BOOK...

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The Countdown Is On for the 2021 National Scout Jamboree

The Countdown Is On for the 2021 National Scout Jamboree

Summer 2021 might seem a long way off, but preparations for the 2021 National Scout Jamboree have already begun. You can Be Prepared by grabbing a parent or guardian and visiting the official Jamboree website at jamboree.scouting.org for information on the event, plus...

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Ouch! 10 Animals With Incredibly Strong Bites

Ouch! 10 Animals With Incredibly Strong Bites

These 10 animals have strong bites to help them eat, defend themselves and survive in the wild. To compare, the average adult human’s bite is only 150 pounds per square inch (PSI). 1. SALTWATER CROCODILE Bite strength: 3,700 pounds per square inch (PSI) 2....

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Awesome Pinewood Derby Car Designs of 2020

Need design inspiration. Check out this photo gallery of creative Pinewood Derby car designs sent to us by Boys’ Life readers, and then send us a photo of your 2020 Pinewood Derby car. Do you have a photo of your Pinewood Derby car? Send us a photo! Pinewood...

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Camping Blanket Instead of Sleeping Bag?

Camping Blanket Instead of Sleeping Bag?

Q: What is the best camping blanket? Have you ever used a Rumpl? They look cool. — Jimmy, Walla Walla, Washington Why, yes, I have used Rumpl camping blankets, and they are pretty cool — or, rather, warm. The Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket ($99, rumpl.com) and Rumpl...

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These Pinewood Derby Cars Are Glowing (Yours Can, Too)!

Ever seen Pinewood Derby cars like these? The new, amped up cars glow in the dark and sport some sweet headlights and underbody lights. It’s the latest way Scout Shop is making it easier than ever to seriously glo-up your traditional Pinewood Derby cars! How to...

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How to Keep Patrol Cooking Gear Clean?

How to Keep Patrol Cooking Gear Clean?

Q: How can my patrol keep our cooking gear clean? — Griffen, Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania A: You might not feel like doing it, but right after a meal, clean up. Use a biodegradable, unscented soap in a three-pot washing process. Wash your gear in a pot of hot water...

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Inside the January-February 2020 Issue

Inside the January-February 2020 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the January-February 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 Boys’...

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Big Game Kicks

Big Game Kicks

Use your kicking skills to put the football through the uprights. Use your kicking skills to put the football through the uprights. Powered by WPeMatico

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7 Great Gadgets for Lighting Up Your Campsite

7 Great Gadgets for Lighting Up Your Campsite

Keep your campsite bright at night with these great camping lanterns and lighting devices. BIOLITE BASE LANTERN XL Described by its maker as the world’s first flatpack lantern, the ultra-packable BIOLITE BASE LANTERN XL ($130) produces 500 lumens, enough light to...

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Episode 19: Who Closes the Bus Door After The Driver Exits?

Episode 19: Who Closes the Bus Door After The Driver Exits?

Ever wondered who closes the bus door for the man or woman who closes it for you? It’s not magic, but it’s basically just as cool. Solve this mystery by listening to our latest episode of PodAsk! Plus, you asked: How does sugar go from plant to candy? We trekked far...

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