How Do I Keep Gear Dry in a Kayak?

How Do I Keep Gear Dry in a Kayak?

Q: I’m going on a six-day kayak trek. I know what to bring, but don’t know how to pack it to keep it dry. Any suggestions? — Aidan, Abilene, Texas Pack your gear in dry bags. They’re designed to keep your stuff from getting wet, and they can float in case your boat...
Inside the November 2019 Issue

Inside the November 2019 Issue

Here’s what you’ll find inside the November 2019 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Remember, many articles are only available to subscribers and are not available online. Please visit boyslife.org/subscribe to subscribe to the print or digital editions of Boys’ Life...
How Do You Clean a Bugle?

How Do You Clean a Bugle?

Q: How do you clean a bugle that hasn’t been used for several years? — Michael, Cold Spring Harbor, New York A: Dunk the bugle in soapy water and lightly scrub the outside with a washcloth. To clean hard-to-reach places inside, use a flexible cleaning brush, often...
How to Make a Paper Tube Flashlight

How to Make a Paper Tube Flashlight

Learn how electricity works — safely — by building this DIY flashlight. WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD A FLASHLIGHT 3-volt flashlight bulb Two D batteries Two 5-inch No. 22 insulated copper wires with at least 1/2-inch insulation stripped off ends Pocketknife, utility knife...
How to Determine Distance On a Map

How to Determine Distance On a Map

A map and compass bearing can point you in the direction you wish to travel, but don’t forget to also calculate the length of your route. For that, you can use the distance ruler — or bar scale — in the map’s bottom margin. 1. Place one end of a piece of string on the...