Inside Boys’ Life
Behind The Scenes Of Scouts In Action

One of the most popular sections of Boys’ Life is Scouts in Action, where we tell true-life stories of Scouts who have saved someone’s life, sometimes while putting their own lives at risk.

(If you’re looking for Scouts in Action in the September 2014 issue of BL, you won’t find it. Instead, you’ll find Dogs in Action, as part of our special animals issue.)

But how do these stories actually make…

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How to build a bird feeder

Help keep wintering and migrating birds fed with this handmade bird feeder.



  • 1″ x 8″ x 6′ cedar board (Make sure you prime and paint the feeder if you use another type of wood.)
  • 1/2″ eye screw
  • About 40 1-1/2″ exterior wood screws
  • Ripsaw
  • Crosscut saw
  • Jigsaw or coping saw
  • Drill
  • 1 1/2″ drill bit
  • Countersink bit
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint


birdfeeder-21. Cut out…

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Where Does Boys’ Life Get Ideas For Scout Stories?

Where Does Boys’ Life Get Ideas For Scout Stories?

One of the most common questions I get at Boys’ Life is, “Where do you get the ideas for the stories you write about Boy Scouts?”

The answer? We get them from you.

Seriously, the majority of stories that we print about Scout outings, service projects and otherwise exciting events all got their starts when readers like you contacted us and said simply, “Hey, you might be interested in what we’ve…

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