Old Books: 1911 Boy Scout Handbook

Boy Scouts of America, Handbook for Boys, Price 40 cents


BATHS: Besides exercises a boy should have simple, workable rules for living. A boy ought to take a good soap bath at least twice a week and always after he has played a hard game or performed work of a nature that has caused him to perspire freely. Each morning a quick sponge bath should be the first order of the day, in water as cool as he can stand it, followed by a good rub with a coarse towel.

PAIN: One thing that should be regarded seriously is pain in any form in any part of the body. If there is a dull headache frequently, find out what causes it. Pain in the knee, the arch of the foot, or at any point, should be taken seriously. Pain means something is wrong. It may be brave to bear it, but it is not wise. Remember that pain felt in one part of the body may be the result of something wrong in another part. See a wise doctor about it.


KNIGHT ERRANTRY: Scouts go out singly, or in pairs or as a patrol. If in a town, to find women or children in want of help, and to return and report, on their honor, what they have done. If in the country, call at any farms or cottages and ask to do odd jobs – for nothing.

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One Comment on “Old Books: 1911 Boy Scout Handbook”

  1. Frank Paolo Says:

    I guess I got my first Scout Handbook in about 1961 when I was 11. I felt about it like I felt about the columns from Ann Landers and Billy Graham which appeared in our daily Syracuse newspaper. You would never admit that you read the damn things – but they made so much sense – based on the values of the time – and my own experiences, they were a joy to read!

    One column from Billy Graham still rolls around my head today despite the fact he wasn’t CATHOLIC (supposedly the only source of religious wisdom for my background). I must have been 10 or 11 when I read a Q & A column from Billy one day.

    An old man in his ’80’s wrote and said he was near death and very troubled. The Bible said animals could not get into Heaven because they had no souls. The man wanted to go to Heaven but he loved his old dog, Buddy, more than anything in this life – and if Buddy could not go to heaven, he would be miserable without the dog for all eternity. Could his dog go with him to Heaven?

    “WHEW!” I thought, “Take it Billy – I know the Bible says that – but what can you say to this old guy?” Rev. Graham knocked me out! He said,

    “I don’t know if your old dog will go to Heaven with you. But what I do know – and BELIEVE! – is the word of God. And God said very plainly, “Whatever it takes to make you happy in Heaven, you shall have.” So if won’t be happy in Heaven without Buddy, your old dog will be there.”

    Whew X 2!!! The point? The Boy Scout Handbook is a lot like that. Golden Rule – Be Prepared – Love Life……..and the rest will fall in place. Cornball? Of course! Cheesy? Cheese FACTORY!
    Would we all be happier if we just calmed down and followed GOOD, civilized human rules? You BETCHA!

    kind regards (to everyone)

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