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The Boy Scout Handbook

First edition:1910
Latest edition:2016, 13th Edition, 488 pages
BSA Supply Number:Coil-Bound (SKU: 644786)
Perfect-Bound (Spanish) (SKU: 621160)
Kindle (SKU: N/A)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

  • Who are working on the Tenderfoot through First Class ranks MAY continue to follow the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class.
  • 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.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the current requirements regardless of rank.

The requirements for merit badges and other awards are in the 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
Boy Scout Handbook 1990–1998Robert Birkby

11th
Boy Scout Handbook 1998–2009Robert Birkby

12th
Boy Scout Handbook 2010–2016

13th
Boy Scout Handbook 2016–

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