Did you know there are two editions of Boys’ Life each month?

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes Boys’ Life info you may not know: The magazine is available in two different versions.

Your Scout automatically gets the one that’s right for him, and it’s easy to tell which is which.

First, though: What are the versions?

The Cub Scout edition has content tailored to younger readers, including fun, age-appropriate puzzles, mazes, comics and games.

The Boy Scout edition has high-adventure stories, merit badge tips and content better suited for older boys.

There’s overlapping content, too, including select feature stories and popular sections like Scouts in Action, Think & Grin and Pedro’s Hitchin’ Rack.

Here’s some more stuff you might not know about the two editions:

Boys’ Life knows which one your boy needs

Scouts automatically get the edition that’s right for them — no action is necessary on your part.

Boys’ Life knows the Scout’s current program based on his unit registration, and that info is used to make sure he gets the right version.

There’s an easy way to tell which one you’re looking at


Above you see the contents pages from the October 2014 issue.

You’ll probably spot quite a few differences, but pay particular attention to the top-right corner. See the illustration of a Cub Scout holding up the Cub Scout sign?

That little guy is in every issue of Boys’ Life‘s Cub Scout edition. Flip to the contents page, look for the Cub Scout and you’ll know which version you’re holding.

Why two versions?

This allows the magazine to tailor program-related content to the appropriate audience. Cub Scout content for Cub Scouts; Boy Scout content for Boy Scouts.

But Boys’ Life includes way more than just Scouting stories. The magazine covers everything boys are interested in, all while upholding Scouting’s values.

Take movies for example.

Say there’s a movie Scouts are sure to love, but it’s rated PG-13. Boys’ Life would cover that movie in its Boy Scout version but not its Cub Scout version. That same strategy applies to books, games and toys.

October 2014 Boys’ Life

The latest issue of Boys’ Life, in both editions, is hitting mailboxes this week. For a preview of what’s inside, click here.

And for an example of how the same two pages (36 and 37) appear in the different versions, see below. The Cub Scout version is shown first.

October-2014---Cub-Scout-version October-2014---Boy-Scout-version

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.