Friday, May 12, 2017
Boy Scout's Handbook
Another offering from Skyhorse Publishing worth getting your hands on for a few ($8 or so) bucks is this full-color illustrated reprint of the original Boy Scouts' handbook from 1911.
Other than updating the first aid information with modern texts, the rest is timeless, not least of which the lessons on citizenship, patriotism, and history before the communists at the textbook companies fouled everything that followed.
I have a similar copy from my older brother's piles of debris, his being the 1948-1959 version of scouting, useful for exactly the same reasons, and one which stood me in good stead for both the US Army and Marine Corps in the 1980s, as well as numerous backpacking and wilderness trips in the Sierras and CA deserts before and since.
The chief value in this edition is the perspective, not to mention a touchstone with the real boy scout approach to things taken by fictional scouts like Indiana Jones, and like legions of bona fide heroes in two world wars and Korea.
The past is another country, and this edition is one trip worth the taking.