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Scout Life

January - February 2021

In Scout Life, all boys and girls can discover exciting new places, gain new skills and learn important tips to stay safe and have fun outdoors. Since 1911, Scout Life (formerly Boys’ Life) has been entertaining and educating America’s youth with a focus on the traditional values of fun, citizenship and service.

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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to scout life!

Boys’ Life is now Scout Life. This is still your magazine, full of everything you’ve come to know and love over the months or years of reading. Outdoor adventure. Sports. Games. Science. Scouting. Fun. It’s all still here in this fresh new package. Our new name represents you — and all of our readers. Look to Scout Life to help you scout a new course, scout a grand adventure and scout a brighter future. You’ll scout life with Scout Life. From the first issue of Boys’ Life in 1911 to the next issue of Scout Life in 2021, the tradition of great reading continues.…

3 min.
hitchin’ rack

Hi, Pedro, I am a girl who joined Scouts. I was always jealous of my younger brother, who has been involved in Scouts since being a Tiger, and since joining it has been everything I hoped for. However, in all honesty, I don’t feel like I am a member of Boys’ Life magazine’s target audience. Labels have become extremely important. Whether they are divisive or unifying, no one can deny the power labels have. This power is especially pronounced in its hold on younger kids, who may not be old enough to understand the connotations a label may have or the context surrounding it. As a 16-year-old, I am old enough to understand that there was a lot of gender politics involved in allowing girls to join Scouts BSA, but many…

1 min.
what's up in january and february?

CALENDAR January is National Hobby Month. Take this time to try something new. Jan. 18 is a federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. Feb. 12 is the Chinese New Year. Find out about New Year’s celebrations around the world on page 6. On This Date Jan. 20, 1892: The first official basketball game is played, with nine players at a YMCA gym in Albany, New York. Jan. 28, 1901: The American Baseball League is formed with eight teams. Feb. 2, 1876: The National Baseball League is formed with eight teams. Feb. 8, 1910: The Boy Scouts of America is founded. Happy 111th birthday, BSA! Feb. 8, 1922: The first radio is installed in the White House. National Pokémon Day is Feb. 27. Catch ’em all! SEE IT Earth’s superkids must save the world, including their superhero parents,…

1 min.
black history month

IN THE SUMMER OF 1960, American sprinter Wilma Rudolph became the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in a single sport. In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first licensed African American female pilot. Jack Johnson was the first African American World Heavyweight Champion boxer, holding the title from 1908 to 1915. Edgar Cunningham Sr. from Troop 12 in Waterloo, Iowa, became the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN EAGLE SCOUT in 1926. There were 248 all-Black BSA troops by 1926. The first Black Scout troop was formed in 1911 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Marie Van Brittan Brown, a nurse, invented the FIRST HOME SECURITY SYSTEM in 1966. FROM LEFT: PARAMOUNT PICTURES; MATTHEW EMMONS/USA TODAY SPORTS; JERRY COOKE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES; NASA; U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE; TOPICAL PRESS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES…

1 min.
new year’s around the world

GERMANY: Pour hot liquid lead into cold water. If it takes the shape of a heart, there will be a wedding this year; a ship means travel, and a pig predicts plenty of food. CHINA: Put a coat of lucky red paint on the front door. THE PHILIPPINES: Wear polka dots and build up piles of round fruits and coins to bring wealth. SOUTH AFRICA: Dump old furniture from the highest window for a new beginning. MEXICO: Walk around the block with a suitcase to lock in happy travels. SPAIN: Eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Each one represents a month of the year. UNITED STATES: Eat black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread for a windfall of coins, dollars and gold. DID YOU KNOW? The Times Square Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a…

2 min.
ask the gear guy

— Fred, Charlestown, Massachusetts A: IF YOU’RE GOING INTO THE WILDERNESS WITH A SMARTPHONE WORTH HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, YOU’LL WANT SOMETHING TOUGH TO PROTECT IT. My pick is the Otterbox Defender series ($50-$70). With an inner polycarbonate shell and a thick rubber slipcover, this case withstands shock from drops. Except for the speakers, its design covers all your buttons and ports, keeping out dirt. An optional holster with swiveling belt clip can double as a kickstand, which is pretty nice for watching videos. If you want a more affordable case with a built-in kickstand, try the ZIZO BOLT series ($40). This case is thinner than the Otterbox but still provides sturdy shock-absorbing protection with a polyurethane and polycarbonate combo shell. The textured exterior lets you get a good grip on your phone, too. For…