The Official Handbook for Boys

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Applewood Books, 1997 - History - 448 pages
Over 31 million copies of the Official Handbook for Boys have been distributed since this first edition was published in 1911. The original Boy Scout Handbook standardized American scouting and emphasized the virtues and qualifications for scouting--delineating what the American Boy Scouts declared was needed to be a "well-developed, well-informed boy." The book includes information on the origin of scouting, notes on the identification of natural specimen--from toadstools, trees and plants, to insects, birds and fish--and advise on everything from assembling a proper camp, to building a log cabin. Scouts past and present will be fascinated to see how scouting has changed in the ensuing years, and how it has stayed the same.

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This book is awesome. As a scout leader, this book should be given to tenderfoots today. They need to learn where the scouts came from and what it is to be a scout.

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Back when the Scout movement was a real movement.

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From the preface: The Boy Scouts of America is a corporation formed by a group of men who are anxious that the boys of America should come under the influence of this movement and be built up in all that goes to make character and good citizenship.

In order that the work of the boy scouts throughout America may be uniform and intelligent, the National Council has prepared its "Official Handbook," the purpose of which is to furnish to the patrols of the boy scouts advice in practical methods, as well as inspiring information.

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