- Paperback: 472 pages
- Publisher: BSA; 11th edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0839531052
- ISBN-13: 978-0839531050
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boy Scout Handbook Paperback – 1998
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This was the last handbook before Scouts tried to Urbanize(1). the program. This book was written at the peak of participation in scouting in the US. It is what scouting was about. I am biased, but this my most favorite handbook. It was written when things were simpler, and where we stood was clear.
This is a great reference for outdoor skills for camping in areas that are not "museums"(2). This book has fire building and cooking over a "real" wood fire. The skills taught are very accessable. It teaches conservation of resources, careful use of what we have.
I bought this book to teach my children the skills I had learned as a Scout. There are illustrations (not photographs)that accompany most of the topics that support the instructions. These are well done and effective. Using this book I was able to teach basic first aid, knife and ax skills, knot tying, fire building and cooking on a ground fire. Tracking skills. Respect for country, the outdoors, religion. Charactor. It has basic knowledge of nature and the various environments ie: eastern woodlands, western desert, etc. It has a very good section on forest sucession.
(1) In 1972 BSA made major changes to the program. They recognized that many in their target population no longer lived in the country or had easy access to the outdoors. They watered down advancement requirements, no longer did it require swimming, lifesaving, camping, and cooking to reach Eagle scout. This did not help enlist the urban youth they were after, but it did alienate many in the current ranks. The number of scouts dropped. In later years the program was changed back to something closer to what had been its core, the outdoors. Of course the program was also fighting demographics.Read more ›
Camping, first aid, knife and axe sharpening and just about every other necessary skill is covered, if only tersely, giving you a great introduction to the plenty of skills you have probably forgotten since your days as a scout. If you're looking for more detailed information on a specific skill, take a look at the Merit Badge Series. The Handbook is designed for rigorous ware, so you can bend it, drop it and spill stuff on it and it will still hold up pretty well. You never know when this basic info may come in handy, so keep one in your emergency bug-out bag as well as your bookshelf and give it a look every once and while. You may be glad you did.
The text is easy to follow. The illustrations are well done in color. The ideals that it presents are a wonderful reminder of how I grew up, to follow the Scout Law and be kind to others and develope my skills in knot tying, camping and relating to others in a kind and respectful manner. The Scout Handbook that I had when I was a Scout was harder to follow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the one had as a scout,but being a hardcover makes it Outstanding!!!Thank you very muchPublished 6 days ago by Kenneth Maarleveld
Not close to a proper handbook. Won't help you track stuff. Doesn't tell you how to deal with bears.
No wonder kids stay inside.
Older versions are more detailed then this newer one,but this is still an excellent bookPublished 13 months ago by George
Not quite what I remembered from my childhood. Seemed somewhat watered down. Still a lot of good information for growing choildren which is why I purchased it.Published 13 months ago by Jess
Lots of good info in there...I may think about purchasing an older version, to compare if it has more self-preservation info...Published 15 months ago by Happy
If this is what the scouts have turned into, I am glad I kept my son out, what a pile of useless ...Published 19 months ago by Bruce W. Jones