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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.

  • Monopoly Wants Your Help To Choose the Next Game Token
    Anyone who’s played monopoly has a favorite token. Mine’s the shoe. Between the battleship, car, cat, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat and wheelbarrow, there are plenty of choices. But some players want an update. That’s why Monopoly is asking its fans what kind of playing pieces they’d like to see. In a new event called Monopoly Token Madness, taking place until Jan. 31, fans can head to and pick their favorite tokens out of a list of 64 options. Options include a hashtag, cell phone, emoji, motorcycle, penguin and even a T.rex. You can click here to vote.
  • The 13 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017
    This is shaping up to be one epic year for movies. We will have new installments from Disney, Marvel, DC, Stars Wars and many more. Here are a few of the movies we're most excited about.
  • Celebrate MLK’s Birthday With These Fun Facts
    Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Boy Scout?
  • 13 Interesting Facts About the Presidential Inauguration
    President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Jan. 20 to formally become the 45th President of the United States. The ceremony is called the Presidential Inauguration, and it has been performed since George Washington became our first president in 1793. Here are some fun facts about Presidential Inaugurations.
  • Rare Photograph of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inauguration Found
    President-elect Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration happens Jan. 20. The ceremony is a historic event that has been repeated for each president since George Washington back in the 1790s. While we don’t have photos of the first 15 presidents’ inaugurations, recently, a photo was recently found of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration. It’s the first photograph ever taken of a presidential inauguration. The photo, one of only three known to exist, shows a large crowd gathered outside the east side of the U.S. Capitol to attend Lincoln’s swearing-in ceremony. It’s thought to have been taken by photographer Alexander Gardner, known for his work during the Civil War, which began about six weeks after this photo was taken. Only two other copies of this photo exist—one in a Smithsonian Institution collection and the other at the Library of Congress. It’s currently on display at Maine’s Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which acquired the photo at an auction last October. But the fact that the photo even exists, is incredible in its own right. According to Gizmodo: The 156-year-old photo is a small miracle unto itself. Photos this old, without proper care, will undergo various stages of decay. Photos, slides, [...]

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.

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.


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

  • Trick casting with Tom Redington
    After making millions of casts in a lifetime, fishing pros like Tom Redington can get pretty precise with their casts.
  • 25 funny fish jokes
    What do you get when you cross a fishing lure with a gym sock? Find out in our collection of hilarious fishing jokes.
  • Fishing the Summit
    Whether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.
  • Where to find fish in a river or stream
    Fishing pro Tom Redington reveals the best places to catch fish in a river.
  • Build a fishing rod rack
    Organize your fishing rods by building this simple wooden rack.

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.