Dear Pedro, What do you like better, grass or hay?
—Stefan C., University Place, Wash.
That's hard to say, Stefan. What do you like better, apples or peaches?
Dear Pedro, Has Boys' Life developed an app for phones?
—Mark B., Chester, Va.
We're working on an app, Mark. Stay tuned for announcements.
Dear Wacky Pedro, I read Boys' Life every month and was wondering what ever happened to Bruce the Moose. How old are you in burro years?
—Ian C., Minneapolis, Minn.
More questions from Ian! Bruce the Moose was a cartoon in "Think & Grin" from 1969 until the early 1970s. You can check out the yuks on the Wayback Machine on this site. I've had a few birthdays, Ian (but I don't know that I can count that high).
Dear Wacky, Alfalfa Milkshake-Drinking Pedro, I recently got my Tenderfoot badge and I'm pretty proud. If The Boss was a Scout, what rank was he?
—Ian C., Minneapolis, Minn.
Congratulations, Ian. Around the water cooler, we say The Boss most definitely was a "bear." Hee-haw!
Dear Pedro, Do you like Legos, or are you not interested? What things do you like to do?
—Augustine S., Venture, Calif.
Legos are fine, Augustine, but I'm hopeless at building things. I can hold an alfalfa milkshake or a tumbleweed taco just fine, thank you, and that's what I really like to do.
Dear Pedro, I've been in the hospital for two weeks with a hurt wrist, and I've missed a campout. What do I do?
—Mark B., Grineville, N.J.
Sorry about the wrist, Mark. You could get all your copies of Boys' Life and read about great Scout outings. Not the same as hitting the trail, but you always can live vicariously through the adventures other Scouts enjoy.
Dear Pedro, I'm an outdoor person, and I try to get out and go camping, fishing and hunting as much as I can. Does The Boss ever let you go camping?
—David B., Traverse City, Mich.
I go camping every night, David—out in my cozy corral.
Dear Pedro, I've just started reading Boys' Life, and it is really awesome. Have you ever gone skiing? Do you have a family?
—Joshua E., Powhatan, Va.
Have you ever seen a burro on skis, Josh? I didn't think so (and you won't catch me on them either). All the folks around the Boys' Life office are like my family (even though the head of the family— ol' you-know-who—can be a bit cranky).
Dear Pedro, Why are the Eagle palms bronze then gold then silver, as opposed to bronze, silver, gold, like the Olympic medals?
—Thomas L., Whitman, Mass.
The order of Eagle palms is a Scouting convention that dates from when they were first introduced in 1927, Thomas. Venturing awards also are Bronze, Gold and Silver (the highest). My burroshoes look almost silver. Maybe I'll point that out to The Boss, he probably needs a good yuk about now.
Dear Pedro the Awesome Alfalfa-Drinking Burro, About how long does it take to read an email from the time it's sent to the time you open it?
—Chris R., Swansboro, N.C.
It depends on how busy The Boss is keeping me hauling the mailbag, Chris. And then it depends on how long the email is.
Dear Pedro, Last month I went on a canoeing trip with my troop at Cooper Lake. We canoed across the lake in the dark and set up camp. The troop and I had fun swimming and canoeing around the lake. What's your favorite camping trip?
—Ian R., Renton, Wash.
A quick trot out to my corral where there are piles of warm and tasty hay is my idea of camping heaven, Ian.