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Sowhat is it that keeps boys reading when they have so many other media and entertainment options? “I think Boys’ Life has always

sparked the imagination,” says Editor in Chief J.D. Owen, “It shows the infinite array of things you can do as a Scout and even as a young man.” Reading Boys’ Life, younger boys

can “tag along” on high-adventure activities such as trekking through Philmont, sailing at the Florida

TAKE IT TO THE TROOP How to make the most of Boys’ Life: Use SCOUTS IN ACTION as part of first-aid training.

  Have a WRITE-IN CONTEST to see who can get a Hobby How or Think & Grin joke printed first.

  After reading, DONATE USED COPIES to the local library or shelter.

  Ask Scouts who particularly enjoy the magazine to “TALK UP” their favorite features at recruiting and joining meetings.


High Adventure Sea Base, or pad- dling the northern boundary waters of Minnesota. They can read stories about their favorite sports heroes and true tales of Scouts who saved lives. And they can discover exciting new fiction in short stories written just for them by award-winning authors such as Gary Paulsen and Thomas Fleming. The magazine has changed with

the times, though. Current issues of Boys’ Life feature articles about video gaming, new technologies, and the latest gadgets. And it’s green. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, certi- fied Boys’ Life in 2009. Still, boys continue to enjoy

many of the magazine’s old favor- ites—Scouts in Action, Think & Grin jokes, Pee Wee Harris comics, Bible Stories, and Hitchin’ Rack, and the letters column answered by Pedro the Mailburro—that Scouters read when they were growing up.

FULL OF LIFE The magazine has always been of its time, encouraging Scouts to chip in during wars, conserve the environment, and become the best young men they can be.

The 100th-anniversary issue of

Boys’ Life, in fact, celebrated the occa- sion with a few excerpts from issue No. 1, including articles about how to tie an overhand knot and build an igloo. Much of this early material was published almost word-for-word—a testament to the timelessness of many articles in Boys’ Life over the years. “Even in that first issue there were some things a kid can still use,” says Managing Editor Michael Goldman. Boys’ Life has inspired many

reluctant readers to get excited about reading. Today’s Scouters remember discovering stories by authors in the magazine’s pages that they continued to read throughout their lives. Among those authors were some of the world’s best, including Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, P.G. Wodehouse,

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