First Issue of 'Boy's Life' is Published

In 1911, George S. Barton, of Somerville, Massachusetts, founded, and published the first edition of Boys' Life magazine.

It was edited by 18-year old Joe Lane of Providence, Rhode Island. 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. Five thousand 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. BSA paid $6,000, $1 per subscriber, for the magazine.

In 1911, George S. Barton, of Somerville, Massachusetts, founded, edited, and published the first edition of Boys' Life magazine, calling it Boys' and Boy Scouts' Magazine. He was not referring to the Scouts we envision today but to the three major competing Scouting organizations of the time: the American Boy Scouts, New England Boy Scouts, and Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Barton's first issue of Boys' Life was published on January 1, 1911. "Volume 1, Number 1" was printed on the magazine's flag. However, very few of the 5,000 printed copies actually reached the public. The more commonly accepted first edition was published on March 1, 1911, following its expansion from eight to 48 pages, a reduction in page size, and the addition of a two-color cover.