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'''''The Boy Scout Handbook''''' is the official handbook of the [[Boy Scouts of America]]. It is a descendant of [[Robert Baden-Powell]]'s original handbook, ''[[Scouting for Boys]]'', which has been the basis for Scout handbooks in many countries.
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The '''''Scouts BSA Handbook''''' (formerly known as '''''The Boy Scout Handbook''''' and, beginning in 2019, published as two editions: '''''Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys''''' and '''''Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls''''') is the official handbook of [[Scouts BSA]] (formerly known as ''Boy Scouting''). It is a descendant of [[Robert Baden-Powell]]'s original handbook, ''[[Scouting for Boys]]'', which has been the basis for Scout handbooks in many countries.
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The new edition of ''The Boy Scout Handbook'' is not just a guide to the outdoors - but a guide for life that addresses issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, respecting others, and using the Internet appropriately.
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The new edition of the handbook is not just a guide to the outdoors - but a guide for life that addresses issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, respecting others, and using the Internet appropriately.
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''The Boy Scout Handbook'' contains the requirements and great resources for each rank from a new Scout earning the [[Scout rank]] through [[Eagle Scout rank|Eagle]] to [[Eagle Palms]].
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The ''Scouts BSA Handbook'' contains the requirements and great resources for each rank from a new Scout earning the [[Scout rank]] through the [[Eagle Scout rank]] to [[Eagle Palms]].
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The rank requirements in this book are official as of Jan. 1, 2016. Scouts who joined the Boy Scouts of America on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST follow the rank requirements as printed in this ''Boy Scout Handbook'' or in the current year's ''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' book.
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The rank requirements in this book originally became official on Jan. 1, 2016. Scouts who joined the Boy Scouts of America on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST follow the rank requirements as printed in this handbook and as modified in the current year's ''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' book.
Scouts who joined the BSA prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
Scouts who joined the BSA prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
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:* Who are working on the [[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot]] through [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks MAY continue to follow the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class.
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:* Who were working on the [[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot]] through [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks could have continued to follow the old (pre-2016) requirements, but had to convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class or beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 (whichever came first).
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:* Who have completed the First Class rank MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements for subsequent ranks.<br>
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:* Who had completed the First Class rank prior to 2016, had the option to complete the rank they are currently working on using the old (pre-2016) requirements, but had to convert to the current requirements for subsequent ranks or beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 (whichever came first).<br>
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Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the current requirements regardless of rank.
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Effective Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts had to switch to use the current requirements regardless of rank and regardless of when they joined BSA.
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The requirements for merit badges and other awards are in the ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book.
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Beginning Feb. 1, 2019, girls were eligible to join [[Scouts BSA]]. The ''Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls'' is the handbook produced specifically for girls to use for the program. Similarly, the ''Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys'' (to be published) is for boys to use. The program and advancement requirements are the same in the girls' and boys' editions. The differences between the two editions is the use of gender-specific language and photographs and inclusion, in the girls edition, of additional information on feminine hygiene.
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The most recent requirements for merit badges and other awards are in the current year's ''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' book.
{{quote-source|The requirements listed in this ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book for rank advancement, [[Eagle Palms]], and [[merit badges]] are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the ''Boy Scout Handbook'' and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis.|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' (2018), inside front cover}}
{{quote-source|The requirements listed in this ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book for rank advancement, [[Eagle Palms]], and [[merit badges]] are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the ''Boy Scout Handbook'' and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis.|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' (2018), inside front cover}}
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|style="text-align:center;"|[[Image:Boy Scout Handbook 9ed.jpg|100px]]<br />9th||''Official Boy Scout Handbook'' ||1979&ndash;1990||[[William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt]]
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|style="text-align:center;"|[[Image:Boy Scout Handbook 10ed.jpg|100px]]<br />10th||''The Boy Scout Handbook''<br />''The Trail To Eagle'' ||1990&ndash;1998||Robert Birkby
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|style="text-align:center;"|[[Image:Boy Scout Handbook 12ed.png|100px]]<br />12th||''The Boy Scout Handbook''<br />''A Guide to Adventure, A Guide to Life''||2010&ndash;2016||
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== External links ==
== External links ==
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=648768 ''Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls'', SKU: 648768]</span> (Coil-Bound Edition) &mdash; ScoutShop.org
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Boy+Scout+Handbook+644786 ''The Boy Scout Handbook'', SKU: 644786]</span> Coil-Bound Edition (ISBN 9780839500643) &mdash; ScoutShop.org
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Boy+Scout+Handbook+644786 ''The Boy Scout Handbook'', SKU: 644786]</span> Coil-Bound Edition (ISBN 9780839500643) &mdash; ScoutShop.org
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Boy+Scout+Handbook+621160 ''El Manual Boy Scout'', SKU: 621160]</span> (Spanish) Perfect-Bound Edition &mdash; ScoutShop.org
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Boy+Scout+Handbook+621160 ''El Manual Boy Scout'', SKU: 621160]</span> (Spanish) Perfect-Bound Edition &mdash; ScoutShop.org
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.amazon.com/Scout-Handbook-13th-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B075DJ7959/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522564679&sr=8-1 ''The Boy Scout Handbook'']</span> (Kindle Edition) &mdash; Amazon.com
* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.amazon.com/Scout-Handbook-13th-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B075DJ7959/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522564679&sr=8-1 ''The Boy Scout Handbook'']</span> (Kindle Edition) &mdash; Amazon.com
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.troop97.net/bshb1.htm History of the Boy Scout Handbook (BSA)]</span> &mdash; Troop97.net
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Scouts BSA Handbook

First edition:1910
Latest edition:2016, 13th Edition, 488 pages
2019, Girls edition
BSA Supply Number:Coil-Bound (SKU: 644786)
Perfect-Bound (Spanish) (SKU: 621160)
Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls (Coil-bound) (SKU: 648768)
Kindle

The Scouts BSA Handbook (formerly known as The Boy Scout Handbook and, beginning in 2019, published as two editions: Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls) is the official handbook of Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouting). It is a descendant of Robert Baden-Powell's original handbook, Scouting for Boys, which has been the basis for Scout handbooks in many countries.

The new edition of the handbook is not just a guide to the outdoors - but a guide for life that addresses issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, respecting others, and using the Internet appropriately.

The Scouts BSA Handbook contains the requirements and great resources for each rank from a new Scout earning the Scout rank through the Eagle Scout rank to Eagle Palms.

The rank requirements in this book originally became official on Jan. 1, 2016. Scouts who joined the Boy Scouts of America on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST follow the rank requirements as printed in this handbook and as modified in the current year's Boy Scout Requirements book.

Scouts who joined the BSA prior to Jan. 1, 2016:

  • Who were working on the Tenderfoot through First Class ranks could have continued to follow the old (pre-2016) requirements, but had to convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class or beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 (whichever came first).
  • Who had completed the First Class rank prior to 2016, had the option to complete the rank they are currently working on using the old (pre-2016) requirements, but had to convert to the current requirements for subsequent ranks or beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 (whichever came first).

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts had to switch to use the current requirements regardless of rank and regardless of when they joined BSA.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2019, girls were eligible to join Scouts BSA. The Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls is the handbook produced specifically for girls to use for the program. Similarly, the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys (to be published) is for boys to use. The program and advancement requirements are the same in the girls' and boys' editions. The differences between the two editions is the use of gender-specific language and photographs and inclusion, in the girls edition, of additional information on feminine hygiene.

The most recent requirements for merit badges and other awards are in the current year's Boy Scout Requirements book.

The requirements listed in this Boy Scout Requirements book for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis.
Boy Scout Requirements (2018), inside front cover

Previous editions

Edition Title Published Author or editor
Loose-leaf and
various bindings
Official HandbookJuly 1910 – March 1911Ernest Thompson Seton

1st
The Official Handbook for Boys
First official publishing
June 1911–1914BSA Editorial Board

2nd
The Official Handbook for Boys 1914–1927BSA Editorial Board

3rd
Revised Handbook for Boys 1927–1940H. W. Hurt, editor

4th
Revised Handbook for Boys 1940–1948H. W. Hurt, editor

5th
Handbook for Boys 1948–1959Ted Pettit, editor

6th
Boy Scout Handbook 1959–1965William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

7th
Boy Scout Handbook 1965–1972William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

8th
Scout Handbook 1972–1979Frederick L. Hines

9th
Official Boy Scout Handbook 1979–1990William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

10th
The Boy Scout Handbook
The Trail To Eagle
1990–1998Robert Birkby

11th
The Boy Scout Handbook 1998–2009Robert Birkby

12th
The Boy Scout Handbook
A Guide to Adventure, A Guide to Life
2010–2016

13th
The Boy Scout Handbook 2016–

See also

External links


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