Boys' Life

American magazine

Boys' Life is a magazine made by the Boy Scouts of America. It was first published in 1911.

Boys' Life
Editorial DirectorMichael Goldman
Staff writersAaron Derr, Paula Murphey, Clay Swartz
CategoriesBoy Scouts of America
PublisherBoy Scouts of America[1]
Total circulation
First issueMarch 1911 (regular edition)
CountryUnited States
Based inIrving, Texas

There are two versions of Boys' Life. The first version is made for the youngest members of Cub Scouting. These are the 6-to-10-year-old Cub Scouts and first-year Webelos Scouts (a rank in Cub Scouts). The second version is made for 11-to-18-year-old boys, which includes second-year Webelos through 18-year-old Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers.[3] The publisher picks which version to send by looking at if the subscriber is in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.

In June 2007, Boys' Life earned four Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). One of those awards is Periodical of the Year.[4]

The magazine's mascot is Pedro the Mailburro, who answers readers' letters. Boys' Life has a comic strip about Pedro.


  1. "History of Boys' Life Magazine". Archived from the original on April 28, 2003. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  2. "Alliance for Audited Media Snapshot Report - 6/30/2013". Alliance for Audited Media. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. "BSA at a Glance". Fact Sheet. Boy Scouts of America. Archived from the original on July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  4. "Boys' Life Wins No. 1 Periodical Of 2007". Scouting. Boy Scouts of America: 10. November–December 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2007.