Boy Scout Handbooks

Dates and names of the various editions are:

Boy Scout Handbooks

  • The Official Handbook for Boys: A Handbook of Woodcraft, Scouting, and Life-craft (1st ed.). 1910–1911.
  • The Official Handbook for Boys (2nd ed.). 1914–1927.
  • The Official Handbook for Boys (Every Boy’s Library (Boy Scouts of America Edition) ed.). 1914–1927.
  • Revised Handbook for Boys (3rd ed.). 1927–1940.
  • Revised Handbook for Boys (4th ed.). 1940–1948.
  • Handbook for Boys (5th ed.). 1948–1959.
  • Boy Scout Handbook (6th ed.). 1959–1965.
  • Boy Scout Handbook (7th ed.). 1965–1972.
  • Scout Handbook (8th ed.). 1972–1979.
  • Official Boy Scout Handbook (9th ed.). 1979–1990.
  • Boy Scout Handbook (10th ed.). 1990–1998.
  • Boy Scout Handbook (11th ed.). 1998–2009.
    • Boy Scout Mini Handbook (11th ed.). 2009.; an extract of the standard handbook for use as a temporary advancement record
  • Boy Scout Handbook (12th ed.). 2009–2016.
  • Boy Scout Handbook (13th ed.). 2016–2019.
  • Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys (14th ed.). 2019.
  • Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls (14th ed.). 2019.  

The handbook was renamed the Scouts BSA Handbook  in 2019. It is available in two editions with identical content but one with photos of boys and one of girls.

CUB SCOUT HANDBOOKS

(Dates are Program dates)

Lion 1930 – 1966, 

Bobcat 1930 – Date

Bear 1930 – Date

Wolf 1930 – Date

Lion Bar 2018 – Date

Webelos 1977 – Date

Cub Scout Handbooks help a Cub Scout achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting which are:

  • 1. Character Development
  • 2. Spiritual Growth
  • 3. Good Citizenship
  • 4. Sportsmanship and Fitness
  • 5. Family Understanding
  • 6. Respectful Relationships
  • 7. Personal Achievement
  • 8. Friendly Service
  • 9. Fun and Adventure
  • 10. Preparation for Scouts BSA