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The Boy Scout Handbook Centenial Edition (12th Edition) Spiral-bound – January 1, 2009


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  • Spiral-bound: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Boy Scouts of America; 12th edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001LETVOA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good information that even I can learn about.
Y R H
That said, I would strongly, STRONGLY, urge anyone who is purchasing this book for a new boy scout to get the spiral bound edition.
Scott Walker
The new version is more visually appealing and readable than the one I used as a scout.
J. Harston

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Harston on May 18, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
My son is hard on books, the spiral binding on this one really helps keep all the pages intact and connected to the spine. Scout books generally go thru a lot of abuse (taken along on campouts, rained on, etc...) I recommend the spiral bound edition.

As to the content of the 11th edition, I think it is execellent. The new version is more visually appealing and readable than the one I used as a scout.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Chris V. on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is available at other websites (scoutstuff.org) for much less, and those profits go to scouting not to a company.

This version of the handbook is the current one and is what should be used for requirements and rules. Unfortunately it is NOT a handbook. Most the information that should be in the book is missing. Instead, where you should find information about the BSA uniform or an identification guide for wildlife, you will find a line that tells you to go to bsahandbook.org. This might be up-to-date or cutting edge, but is completely useless when you are where a Boy Scout should need this information - outside, in the woods. If you want requirements and rules go to bsahandbook.org but if you want information the boys can use go buy an older version of the handbook.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Walker on April 10, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
So first to join in with some of the other reviews, yes you should definitely buy the book elsewhere. The price on Amazon is outrageous. You can purchase it from scoutstuff.org for $14.99 plus $7.50 shipping, or you can walk into your local scout service center and buy it for $14.99 plus tax. The latter is going to be your best bet.

That said, I would strongly, STRONGLY, urge anyone who is purchasing this book for a new boy scout to get the spiral bound edition. The boys will be opening this book and trying to get it to hold open to spots throughout the book ALL. THE. TIME. And most often in the back near the area where he records completed advancements. The binding will break quickly and pages will fall out. If they're the pages signed by leaders as record of completed advancement, and you lose the page, it can spell bad news. The spiral bound version of the handbooks are incredibly handy, for both the boys and the leaders.

As for the book itself and its content, it is a wealth of knowledge, know-how and reference for the outdoorsman, whether they are affiliated with the Boy Scouts or not. Over 100 million boys have been a part of the Scouting program during the last 100+ years, and the benefits of Scouting can't really be overstated in terms of personal growth of a young person. And the key to getting the information for it all is in this book. Read it, love it, live it!

Whether you're a brand new Boy Scout just starting his trail to Eagle, a new leader ready to start helping build the next generation of leaders in this country, or just someone who likes to get outdoors and camp, hike, fish or otherwise enjoy nature's beauty, this book is for you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Librizzi on April 18, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I chose the spiral-bound version for my son when he 'crossed-over' to Boy Scouts about 2 years ago. I figured it was the better option because it would stay open easily and hopefully it would stay intact. Couldn't be more wrong. Even with the limited use it gets (usually one evening per week), several pages have already come loose. Most troublesome are the rank advancement sign-off pages that have fallen out. The back cover has fallen off and the plastic spiral has cracked near the middle of the book. He doesn't throw the book around or intentionally mishandle it, but being taken backpacking or on camping trips or just referring to it now and then during the weekly meeting has really taken it's toll. In comparison, other scouts with the traditional binding have books that, while rough around the edges, are still intact.
As much as we like how it stays open and flat, it just isn't worth the hassle of losing pages.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Leach on October 25, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
As a child, I was very active in Cub Scouts. I enjoyed Boy Scouts, but lost interest when most of my friends dropped out. Now, as an adult, I've rediscovered my love of the outdoors. I decided to pick up the new Scout manual to review, as it won't be too long before I have kids of my own, and I want them to be involved in scouting.

This book is well laid out. However, it is a letdown. As other reviewers pointed out, this is the first "Green" handbook and as such It skimps on useful information in order to save the planet, like:

how to make rope p.379
how to tie more than 4 knots p.382
how to stay safe in hazardous weather p.281
various pioneering projects p 393
how to light a fire((using Any method) I was going to give the book 3 stars until I noticed this) p.413

For these topics, the book tells you to look it up on the handbook website. How is that supposed to help a scout who is out of reach of a cell tower, which is very often the case? To me, this is just downright irresponsible. It tells you how to set up the fuel(wood) for a fire, but I'm shocked about the lack of instruction on how to light a fire using any method. and I didn't notice a section on how to stay warm during a sudden rain/snowstorm. Making rope, tying knots and pioneering may not be life or death, but they are things that are supposed to be core skills that any scout should be able to look up at any moment.

I bought the spiral copy. The pages are thick and sturdy, but I can see how they might tear if you aren't careful.

I bought this book on Amazon. It was cheaper at the boyscout website, but I wanted it quickly and have a prime account.
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