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The Boy Scout Handbook

By Boy Scouts of America

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The Boy Scout Handbook
A Guide to Adventure, A Guidebook for Life

A Handbook for the Past and the Future
You hold in your hands a century of Scouting. In addition to being a reference for
the youth of Scouting’s second century, this 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
also honors the heritage of Scouts who came before you. It combines art from
previous editions with modern illustrations, photographs, and information.

As you browse through this app, take note of the elements that make it special.
- Quotes from past and present BSA leaders and literature will inspire you and remind you that Scouting’s values are timeless.

- Vintage artwork from Handbooks past will help you understand how Scouting skills have changed very little from a century ago.

- “In This Chapter” boxes will give you an idea of what you can expect, as well as a quick index when you’re looking for specific information.

- Photography is essential to a beautiful book. Three of the five professional photographers who worked on this edition are Eagle Scouts; one was a Life Scout and now has worked professionally for the BSA for 30 years; and the fifth is an adult Scouter!

- Toggle between full page view and text-only view

- Searchable Index

- Bookmark and store your favorite sections

We’re excited to bring you the first digital version of the Scout Handbook. We will continue to make updates to the features and functionality to make this the best application to suit your needs. Please email us at with your comments.

Boy Scouts of America –

What's New in Version 1.1

Our first update to that app! We have made some great enhancements in this update (Thank you for all the feedback) and we're already working away on a major 2.0 update!

New in 1.1:

-Landscape view!!!!!
-Select from three different font sizes
-Swipe from page to page in text view
-General app optimization

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Customer Reviews

Extremely Useful

I use this extensively as a Webelos Den Leader, when learning ahead to what the boys will be doing in the next years of scouting. I prefer to use this in "2x" mode on my iPad, as it's perfect for reading without squinting. I very much appreciate this as reference material.

The "Boy Scout Handbook Support" link points to the scouting website, so I do not know where to report bugs. I have found one minor bug with the page resize feature. Double-tap to zoom in on a page, and then tap and slide to turn the page. Tap and slide again to return to the page that you zoomed. Notice that it is back to default size. Double-tap to zoom again. It is now very tiny.

Needs bug fixes and updates!

It's nice to have The Boy Scout Handbook on my iPhone. It would be nicer if it didn't continually crash! The text on the standard page view is usually too small to read without having to zoom-in and fidget with the device. So the "Text Only" view was a great idea, but it's not without its quirks. When in the "Text Only" view, if you don't scroll the page just right or if you tap the screen, the application crashes. When you restart the application, it resumes at a different, but previously view location in the book. Which brings me to my final grievance. Why isn't there a search parameter that allows you to enter a page number and jump directly to that page? Developers, please consider my complaints and submit bug fixes and updates.

Version 2 much better. Now worth the price

Version 1 - Can't read in full page view, does not allow landscape view in full page or text view. Contains all the errors that are in the printed version. Hopefully it will be upgraded and errors removed. Really about a $4 app that they are charging $10 for.

Version 2 - you can zoom, and view in landscape in both full page view and text only. Glide from page to page. Much needed improvements.

If you are a scout or scouter, get it today! Imagine having the handbook with you on your iPod touch or iphone at all times.

The Boy Scout Handbook
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 94.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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