Boys’ Life, Scouting magazines honored with Folio awards

Boys-Life-May-2014-coverAwards season for magazines comes with good news for the BSA’s official publications.

Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines each picked up Folio awards this month, honors that mean the Boy Scouts of America’s magazines are some of the best around.

Boys’ Life won an Eddie (editorial) award for its May 2014 “BL Essentials Guide.” Scouting magazine picked up an Ozzie (design) award for the four-page illustration in its May-June 2014 “Game of Life to Eagle” story.

Mike Goldman, editorial director for Boys’ Life and Scouting, said Folio awards recognize a team effort.

“I’m proud of everyone who works on our magazines,” Goldman said. “We strive to deliver a great reading experience all year long, and that requires our writing, editing, photography, design, production and circulation teams working as one.”

Case in point: The Boys’ Life Eddie award, which honors the best full issue among kids and teen magazines. There’s an easy comparison there to the Best Picture award in the Oscars. It’s the only Folio award that honors a full issue instead of individual elements.

The full-issue winner for grown-up magazines, for comparison, was Entertainment Weekly‘s popular Reunions issue. That’s impressive company.

Scouting‘s Ozzie recognizes Jonathan Carlson’s illustration of the fictional game Life Scouts play on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts. (See the illustration below.) Spaces on the game board look familiar to anyone who has witnessed this journey: “Live by the Scout Oath and Law. Move ahead” “Homework overload. Move back.” “Take part in a unit leader conference. Move ahead.” “Have a date. Move back.”

Boys’ Life snagged three additional honorable mentions from Folio, while Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazine received one honorable mention each.


Consumer – Full Issue – Youth / Teen [Eddies]

Association / Non-Profit (Consumer) – Use of Illustration – Less than 6 Issues [Ozzies]

The winning illustration:

game-of-life-to-eagle-1 game-of-life-to-eagle-2

Honorable Mentions

Consumer – Single Article – Youth / Teen [Eddies]

Consumer – Cover Design – Above 250,000 Circulation [Ozzies]

Association / Non-Profit (Consumer) – Single Article – Less than 6 Issues [Eddies]

Association / Non-Profit (Consumer) – Redesign  [Ozzies]

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