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Heads Up

Brought to you by Clay Swartz, associate editor of Boys’ Life magazine, Heads Up is your one-stop destination for the coolest stuff from around the globe. Plus there will be plenty of chances to win free stuff, so check in as much as possible.

  • See the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Videogame Trailer
    The popular Lego videogame series is back with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This hilarious, adventure-filled journey, based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be released June 28 on 3DS, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will allow players to take the roles of the main characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Kylo Ren and even BB-8. It will also “feature exclusive playable content that bridges the story gap between Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Learn more in the trailer below:      
  • Watch the Visual Effects Behind ‘Jurassic World’
    Believe it or not, there weren’t real dinosaurs in Jurassic World. Those massive reptiles were created by a team of talented illustrators and puppeteers. Here’s how all those epic visual effects in Jurassic World were pulled off.
  • Get Excited For ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ With This New Trailer
    The hilarious producers of Despicable Me and Minions are back with The Secret Life of Pets: A brand new animated comedy that brings the mysterious world of pets to life in one epic story. The Secret Life of Pets takes place in a Manhattan apartment building, following the day-to-day life of all the beloved pets in the building. Watch the trailer to learn more.  
  • Happy Birthday to BSA Legend Norman Rockwell!
    Meet Norman Rockwell, the legendary artist who captured the essence of the Boys Scouts of America for more than 60 years.
  • Will This Pancake Printer Revolutionize Breakfast?
    A team of students at Olin College of Engineering have built a pancake-printing machine. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a device that prints pancakes onto a griddle from images you can design on a computer. According to Eater: The pancake printer uses a condiment bottle filled with batter that shifts back and forth over the griddle to create the operator’s desired shape. It works in conjunction with a computer program — also created by the students — that allows an artist to design patterns. The machine then takes the image and replicates it on the griddle. To create the clean lines of batter desired for the designs, they used two bottles to achieve the perfect batter flow rate. Sure, the idea seems a little silly, but it’s really all about STEM. The students came up with the machine in their final project in their Principles of Engineering class last semester, attempting to inject a little fun in an otherwise dry subject. Watch the machine in action below, and let me know if you think this invention is ridiculous or revolutionary:

Book Zone

Love books? This is the right place. Get chances to win free books, the latest info on cool new books and pretty much anything else related to – wait for it … BOOKS! The Book Zone is ruled by Boys’ Life Senior Editor Paula Murphey.

  • 5 Star Wars Books To Read Now That You’ve Seen ‘The Force Awakens’
    Star Wars: Before the Awakening Star Wars: Before the Awakening focuses on the lives of Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead characters Rey, Finn and Poe before the events of the movie. Presented in three sections, each tells the interesting and mysterious origins of the now-beloved characters. Find out how Rey got her staff, why Finn is a Stormtrooper and where Poe learned to fly so well. Star Wars: The Force Awakens This is the official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.  Star Wars: Lost Stars This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience [...]
  • Read Chapter 1 of ‘The Extra Yard’ by Mike Lupica
    Don't miss 'The Extra Yard', the next installment of the bestselling Home Team series by Mike Lupica.
  • Read an Excerpt From ‘Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics’
    The follow-up to 'Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library' is in stores now.
  • New Trailer For ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
    Harry Potter fans rejoice! There’s a brand-new Harry Potter movie coming soon. Well … kind of. J.K. Rowling’s 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally getting a big-screen adaptation. It’s not exactly a ‘Harry Potter’ book, but it takes place in the same universe. It’s written as if it’s Harry’s textbook from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and includes several notes inside it supposedly handwritten by Harry and his best friend Ron Weasley about things they did in the book. The movie will be about the book’s writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.And, yes, it’ll feature lots of cool wizards and crazy creatures.
  • Win a Copy of James Dashner’s ‘Game of Lives’
    Plus, read an excerpt of the latest from the bestselling author of The Maze Runner.

Scouting Around

The Scouting Around blog is your source for Scouting news. Get ideas for your troop by reading about Scouting activities across the country. Biking in Buffalo? Caving in California? Fishing in Florida? Mountain climbing in Montana? Shooting in South Carolina? It’s all in Scouting Around.


Fishing

Love fishing? Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out Boys’ Life‘s ultimate fishing blog for tips, tricks and expert advice.


Games Guru Q&A

Stuck in a tough spot? Can’t figure out how to get past a monster? Just looking for an easier way? The Games Guru has the answers you need to succeed in your favorite video games.


Ask the Gear Guy

Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Just send in your questions for the Gear Guy to answer.


boonDOCS: Wilderness First Aid Q&A

Wilderness first aid expert “Dr. K” explains how to be prepared for medical emergencies that can occur in the outdoors where resources run thin and accidents are sure to happen.