Boys' Life

Boys' Life June/July 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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Boy Scouts of America


hitchin' rack

I have been a Scout for half a year. The only way I convinced my parents to let me in was the fact that my BFF was joining! I used to steal my bro’s magazines! Any girl who does that? It’s injustice. My favorite part of Boys’ Life is your letter-answering! Thank you!Chloe H., Petaluma, California You’re welcome, Chloe. And stop stealing magazines! I prefer to call it “borrowing indefinitely” — as in, I just borrowed indefinitely The Boss’s dictionary so I could look up words like “injustice” and “borrowing” and “indefinitely.” DEAR PEDRO, I am a Star Scout and am writing to you because I get Boys’ Life mailed to my house, and I am interested in learning more about you. Is it true that you like tacos as much as…

what's happening in june and july?

CALENDAR June 8 is National Best Friend Day. June 20 is the first day of summer. June 21 is Father’s Day. Flip to page 7 for creative gift ideas. July 4 is Independence Day! On This Date June 6, 1946: The National Basketball Association is founded. June 19, 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York as a gift of friendship to the U.S. from France. July 17, 1955: The first Disneyland theme park opens in California. July 25, 2007: Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first female president.…

celebrate fitness

Whether you can get out and run in your neighborhood, chase your dog around the yard or jog in place inside, get moving! Everything’s MARVELous BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE NEW AVENGERS CAMPUS, AN ALL MARVEL COMICS THEME PARK at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. Fans will get to enter the world of their favorite superhero by visiting the Avengers Headquarters, interacting with characters and more. The campus is one of three launches for Disney. Others will include the Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Disney World’s Epcot in Orlando, Florida.…

gift and tips: father's day

Give him a cup full of love and warmth by customizing a coffee mug for him. • Buy a solid-color ceramic coffee mug. Get Dad’s favorite color to make it more special. • Get his favorite coffee or tea to put inside. • Have an adult help you clean the mug with rubbing alcohol. • Decorate the mug by using craft paint such as acrylic or enamels, or use paint pens. • Let it sit for 24 hours to dry. • Have an adult help you put the mug on a cooking sheet and place it in the oven. Check the back of the paint bottle for temperature and time directions. • Let the mug cool for an hour before gift wrapping. Make a keepsake of your favorite things to do together. • A box or jar with a…

june is african american music appreciation month!

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June as Black Music Month. President Barack Obama changed the celebration to its current name on its 30th anniversary in 2009. This is the month to recognize and honor African American musicians, writers and music that helped shape American pop culture. Throughout our country’s history, African American artists have succeeded in all genres of music, such as the blues, rock and roll, jazz, funk, soul and more. Many African American musicians use their music to encourage unity and creativity and to inspire people. JUNE is also International Surf Music Month. JULY 31 is Uncommon Musical Instrument Awareness Day. Some uncommon musical instruments: • The glass harmonica is made of a series of glass bowls in different sizes and produces musical tones using friction. • Vegetables! An orchestra in…

ask the gear guy

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 inch in diameter, whittle one end into a point. On the other end, carve a notch a couple of inches from the end of the stake. To create the notch, make a cut across the branch at least a third of the way into the wood. Below that cut, carve up into the cut until you make a wedge-shaped cutout. You’ll tie your tent’s guyline around this notch. Whittle the edges around the top of the stake. This will prevent the stake from splintering when…