Boys' Life

Boys' Life September 2020

In Boys’ 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, 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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hitchin’ rack

Pedro answers reader mail! Hey, Pedro, I love Boys’ Life. Who created Boys’ Life, and what gave him the idea? Daniel S., Jacksonville, North Carolina Well, Daniel, I hate to brag, but that idea man was named Yours Truly. The Magnificent Mailburro. Me. You see, I needed a magazine outlet for my unique brand of homespun handcrafted humor. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it (even though The Boss says the Boy Scouts of America really bought Boys’ Life from a guy named Joseph Lane in 1911). DEAR PEDRO, I know you like alfalfa milkshakes and tumbleweed tacos, but what about tumbleweed milkshakes and alfalfa tacos? If you have tried them, let me know how they taste. Elijah P., Issaquah, Washington DEAR PEDRO, We are three girls in the fourth grade at The American…

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what's up in september?

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL WILDERNESS MONTH. The National Wilderness Preservation System protects more than 111 million acres for us to enjoy. When you can, get out there and explore America’s parks, forests and wildlife refuges. Check out the newest national park here. CALENDAR September is National Chicken Month. Show Pedro’s friend Steve some love. (Steve? See page 45.) Sept. 11 is Patriot Day, remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place this day in 2001. Sept. 22 is the first day of fall. On This Date Sept. 5, 1977: NASA launches Voyager 1, currently the farthest manmade object in space. See exactly how far away it is at go.boyslife.org/voyager Sept. 9, 1776: The Continental Congress changes the name of the United Colonies to the United States. Sept. 26, 1789: The U.S. Postal Service is founded. Kickoff The National Football League…

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see the newest national park

Located in southern New Mexico, the park includes part of the world’s largest gypsum dune field. Gypsum is a common mineral used in products such as plaster, chalk, drywall, fertilizer and casts for broken bones. Made up of 4.5 billion tons of brilliant ivory gypsum sand, the otherworldly dune field is excellent for hiking, sledding and, of course, building sandcastles. Formerly home to Apache Native Americans for centuries, the field is visible from space and includes dunes more than 50 feet high. Q: What was the elephant doing on the highway? A: About 5 mph. Q: How does a dog without a nose smell? A: Awful! READ IT Get a good laugh and some fun facts about uncommon animals with The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Weird, Wild Names. By Matthew and Steve Murrie.…

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Orangutans have been taught SIGN LANGUAGE. One named Chantek learned more than 150 different American Sign Language signs. Alba is the only known albino orangutan in the world. She lives on a private island (with several orange orangutans) that has 24/7 protection. Orangutans are an ENDANGERED SPECIES, mainly due to loss of habitat. These great apes are the largest FRUIT-EATING ANIMALS in the world. The word “orangutan” means “person of the forest.” Copycats! Orangutans have been known to watch humans untie boats and cross rivers in them, and then do it themselves. Sandra at the Center for Giant Apes in Florida saw zookeepers washing their hands (due to COVID-19). With bucket and brush, she did the same. Orangutans use tools. They use sticks to get termites out of their holes and to poke logs for honey. Leaves…

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U.S. Postal Service commemorative panels should be part of every stamp collection. They honor everything from military working dogs to Disney villains to T. rex, Hot Wheels and much more. Check them out at go.boyslife.org/usps I collect Polaroid cameras. I especially like vintage ones and limited editions. My favorite is my 1981 Polaroid Sun 600. Nolan W., New Haven, Connecticut I collect books. You can go on any adventure anywhere without having to leave your town! Molly R., Janesville, Wisconsin I started collecting pennies when my grandfather gave me a wheat penny. Since then, I have collected more than 1,650 pennies, and 65 of them are wheat pennies. Aaron M., Schwenksville, Pennsylvania I collect stickers. So far, I have 244. My favorite is a pop-out globe. I like to sort the stickers into categories and trade them with…

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gear up your pup!

Anything that makes you and your pet easier to spot on paths near roads and bike routes is a great thing. Stay safe with the FOUR PAWS NITE BRITE REFLECTING DOG LEASH. $23 HEADING FOR ROUGH TERRAIN? Check with your vet to make sure your dog can handle it. If so, consider getting him some hiking boots. Grip Trex Dog Boots are versatile and help dogs grip the same surfaces that your hiking boots do. $75 THE TOP PAW TRAVEL WATER BOTTLE is easy to pack and includes a built-in water dish. Making sure your dog has frequent water breaks can remind you to stay hydrated, too. $9 IF YOUR DOG IS STURDY ENOUGH to carry an extra pound or two, she can carry her own water bottle, treats and first-aid kit (see page…