This was fun to discover this weekend, that good old-fashioned magazine for
Boy Scouts. “Boys’ Life” has not changed very much, although there was one
article about computer usage. The magazine is published in Irving, Texas.
They still recommend watching upcoming animated films. The June, 2015
magazine suggests checking out Pixar’s “Inside Out” movie that is about
how to handle emotions. The five emotions are “Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear
and Sadness.” It will be in our ‘neighborhood’ small town theater: The Strand
on June 19th. The article also suggested youths to consider asking questions
of their parents if they should be confused about their own emotional concerns.
This led me into a great article titled:
“Be Safe and Nice When Online: No Bullies in Scouts.”
Next article harkened back to the 1800’s.
This must have been meant for Pilgrim Scouts.
It had a “circle” pattern and explained using a jigsaw cutter that would cut around
this pattern two times, after having drawn it on wood. The wood can then be sanded,
also drilled two holes and a connecting thin post or rod put to make a “homemade
toy”. . . .
Project outcome: “Wooden Yo-Yo.”
This did give me the giggles for quite awhile.
A very serious article was featured on the cover, a team of Boy Scouts were going
on a “Canyoneering” trip. It is an expedition which takes you to Zion National Park,
where the young men would be having exciting explorations. I will summarize the
article in this awesome sentence: This Canyoneering article takes scouts into
the rugged wilderness where they rappel, climb, squeeze through narrow passages
in rocks, scramble over ledges, wade and then swim in winding creeks and streams.
The youngest member of this scouting expedition was 13 years old. He made the
cover of “Boys’ Life” and is certainly a brave young man.
The three canyons are called: “Keyhole Canyon,” “Orderville Canyon,” and
“Creek Canyon.” The location of the cliffs and canyons is north of Arizona, in Utah.
A new “Healthy Treat” featured in the magazine is marketing for young people.
It is called, “Clif Kid Bar” and comes in Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Chip.
I like Clif bars and also, Kind bars. I would say they generally do include some
fiber and less sugar than a candy bar. Sometimes, they add some protein for
those mountain climbing Boy Scouts. 🙂
When I was growing up and my brothers, who are now ages 58 and 56, liked
to read the jokes section of “Boys’ Life.” They would tell them at the dinner
table, sometimes coordinating a magic trick or Randy liked using his Danny
O’Day puppet and would give us a lively take on something he found amusing,
using his best effort to “throw his voice.”
Did you ever feel that it was fun to come up with entertainment to lighten up
your dinner hour? Not sure when or why we started this, but we even did
continue it through my Dad’s having a cancer. You were expected to make
him laugh, so my way would be to buy the “Big Mouth Frog” which was sold
during this time at Cracker Barrel. I could get my 40% discount and have
him listen to the corny song, “Take Me to the River.” My brothers got better
than I ever did at telling jokes. We try this from time to time at holidays.
Anyway, I thought you might like a few “corny” jokes from the current issue
of “Boys’ Life.”
~~ One ~~
“Five cats are on a boat. . .
One jumps off.
How many are left?
None! They were “copy cats!”
~~ Two ~~
I really do wonder if this next one was recycled for my generation?
“What did Batman’s Butler, Alfred, say when he saw Batman didn’t
fit in his utility belt?”
“I don’t know, what did Alfred say?”
“What a waist!!”
~~ Three ~~
“Did you hear what happened when the red and blue
ships collided in the ocean?”
“No, what happened?”
“They were marooned!”
~~ Four ~~
“If all the punctuation marks got together and had a race,
which one would win?”
(Wait for this, or try to figure this one out, authors and writers!)
Answer: “The Dash!”
I was pleased at my grandsons who have enjoyed this magazine,
Skyler is age 10 and reads it to Micah, age 6.
Good, clean “Retro” style jokes and articles, including a project
they won’t be able to complete since they don’t have a jigsaw
or drill, but they were looking and studying this article. Maybe
a trip to Michael’s Craft Store or the Boy Scouting Shop.
My favorite magazine during this age group period, which would have
been in the 1960’s, was my Mom’s “McCall’s Magazine.” I would cut out
Betsy McCall and glue her to cardboard, to make a paper doll, then I
would carefully cut out her wardrobe for that month. This magazine had
the cut-out patterns for Betsy from the ’50’s up until 1995. I did not realize
this! I did sell my collection of paper dolls and their clothes, since I had
kept them in clear pages which had “pockets” so the dolls were not ‘stuck’
on those sticky photograph album pages. The book was treasured and I
had already shared it with my teaching co-workers and two daughters.
Sold in 2006 for $50.
Although I did like reading some of the articles, I did not know that Eleanor
Roosevelt wrote a column from the June, 1949 up until 1962 when she
passed away called, “If You Ask Me. . .”
What magazine did you like getting or reading while in elementary school?
Did you receive “Highlights” magazine in the mail or did you read it only
when you went to the doctor’s office when you were sick or your annual
When my brothers got older, they loved “Mad Magazine,” but had to use
their own money to purchase this one. I liked “YM” magazine and got this
for an annual subscription. (Parents’ approval.) While I would pick up with
my babysitting money, “Tiger Beat” magazine. My girls liked “Seventeen”
magazine and my son loved reading books, but I would say his ‘guilty’
pleasure were the annual “Guinness Book of World Records.”