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{{merge||Boys' Life Magazine}}Boys' Life magazine is a general-interest magazine published monthly in three demographic editions for boys from first grade through high school. Boys' Life is the flagship youth publication of the Boy Scouts of America—many stories and articles in Boys' Life reflect the program themes of Cub Scouting and program features of Boy Scouting.
[[Image:Norman Rockwell- Scout at Ships Wheel.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[Norman Rockwell]]'s first '''''Boys' Life''''' cover, 1913]]
[[Image:Norman Rockwell- Scout at Ships Wheel.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[Norman Rockwell]]'s first '''''Boys' Life''''' cover, 1913]]
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'''Boys' Life''' is the monthly magazine of the [[Boy Scouts of America]] (BSA). Its targeted readership is young American males between the ages of 6 and 18. Boys' Life is published in three editions. The low edition is for Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts through age eight; the middle edition is for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts above age nine; the high edition is for Boy Scouts and all other subscribers. If the subscription is obtained through registration in the Boy Scouts of America program, the publisher will select the appropriate edition based on the boy's age.
 
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In June, 2007, Boys' Life garnered four Distinguished Achievement Awards conferred by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), including Periodical of the Year.
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==Mission==
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The mission of Boys' Life magazine is to entertain and educate America's youth and to open their eyes to the joyous world of reading. This is accomplished through a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.
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==Subscribers==
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Boys' Life magazine reaches 1.1 million Scout subscribers and 200,000 non-Scout subscribers. Pass-along readership means that over 6 million people read Boys' Life each month.
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==Demographic editions==
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Boys' Life publishes three demographic editions to meet the reading-level needs of subscribers from first grade through high school. The covers are the same, but each edition has its own 16 to 20 age-specific pages.
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*Ages 6 Through 8 - This edition goes to all [[Tiger Cubs]] and [[Cub Scout]] subscribers through age 8.
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*Ages 9 and 10 - This edition goes to all Cub Scouts and [[Webelos Scouts]] 9 and older and to all Cub Scout leaders who subscribe.
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*Ages 11 and Up - This edition goes to all [[Boy Scout]]-age subscribers and to all other Boys' Life subscribers.
== History ==
== History ==
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In 1911, George S. Barton founded, edited, and published the first edition of Boys' Life magazine. He called it ''Boys' and Boy Scouts' Magazine''. At that time there were three major competing Scouting organizations: the American Boy Scouts, New England Boy Scouts, and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
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[[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights|In 1911, George S. Barton founded]], edited, and published the first edition of Boys' Life magazine. He called it ''Boys' and Boy Scouts' Magazine''. At that time there were three major competing Scouting organizations: the American Boy Scouts, New England Boy Scouts, and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
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The first issue of Barton's Boys' Life was published on January 1, 1911. 5000 copies were printed of that first issue. Very few of those copies actually reached the public. The widely accepted first edition was published on March 1, 1911. With this issue, the magazine was expanded from eight to 48 pages, the page size was reduced, and a two-color cover was added. In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America purchased the magazine, making it an official BSA magazine. Boys' Life circulation has grown from 6,000 in 1912 to 1.3 million today.
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In September 1995, Boys' Life began publication of a "demographic" edition for Cub Scout-age subscribers. In September 1999, Boys' Life began a third demographic edition--this one for Tiger Cubs--by adding an eight-page poster pullout insert to the Cub Scout demographic.
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==How to Subscribe==
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Scouts should see their Scout leader or call their BSA local council (find "Boy Scouts of America" in the white pages of the telephone book). Persons not members of the Boy Scouts of America should call 972-580-2088. Subscription cost is $24 per year ($12 per year for BSA members).
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==External links==
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/00-bl90.aspx Fact Sheet]
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* [http://www.boyslife.org www.boyslife.org] website
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The first issue of Barton's Boys' Life was published on January 1, 1911. 5000 copies were printed of that first issue. Very few of those copies actually reached the public. The widely accepted first edition was published on March 1, 1911. With this issue, the magazine was expanded from eight to 48 pages, the page size was reduced, and a two-color cover was added. In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America purchased the magazine, making it an official BSA magazine.
 
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[[Category:Scouting history]]
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It has been suggested that this be merged with Boys' Life Magazine.
Boys' Life magazine is a general-interest magazine published monthly in three demographic editions for boys from first grade through high school. Boys' Life is the flagship youth publication of the Boy Scouts of America—many stories and articles in Boys' Life reflect the program themes of Cub Scouting and program features of Boy Scouting.
Norman Rockwell's first Boys' Life cover, 1913
Norman Rockwell's first Boys' Life cover, 1913

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Mission

The mission of Boys' Life magazine is to entertain and educate America's youth and to open their eyes to the joyous world of reading. This is accomplished through a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.

Subscribers

Boys' Life magazine reaches 1.1 million Scout subscribers and 200,000 non-Scout subscribers. Pass-along readership means that over 6 million people read Boys' Life each month.

Demographic editions

Boys' Life publishes three demographic editions to meet the reading-level needs of subscribers from first grade through high school. The covers are the same, but each edition has its own 16 to 20 age-specific pages.

  • Ages 6 Through 8 - This edition goes to all Tiger Cubs and Cub Scout subscribers through age 8.
  • Ages 9 and 10 - This edition goes to all Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts 9 and older and to all Cub Scout leaders who subscribe.
  • Ages 11 and Up - This edition goes to all Boy Scout-age subscribers and to all other Boys' Life subscribers.

History

In 1911, George S. Barton founded, edited, and published the first edition of Boys' Life magazine. He called it Boys' and Boy Scouts' Magazine. At that time there were three major competing Scouting organizations: the American Boy Scouts, New England Boy Scouts, and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The first issue of Barton's Boys' Life was published on January 1, 1911. 5000 copies were printed of that first issue. Very few of those copies actually reached the public. The widely accepted first edition was published on March 1, 1911. With this issue, the magazine was expanded from eight to 48 pages, the page size was reduced, and a two-color cover was added. In 1912, the Boy Scouts of America purchased the magazine, making it an official BSA magazine. Boys' Life circulation has grown from 6,000 in 1912 to 1.3 million today.

In September 1995, Boys' Life began publication of a "demographic" edition for Cub Scout-age subscribers. In September 1999, Boys' Life began a third demographic edition--this one for Tiger Cubs--by adding an eight-page poster pullout insert to the Cub Scout demographic.

How to Subscribe

Scouts should see their Scout leader or call their BSA local council (find "Boy Scouts of America" in the white pages of the telephone book). Persons not members of the Boy Scouts of America should call 972-580-2088. Subscription cost is $24 per year ($12 per year for BSA members).

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