Boy Scouts Touts First Green Handbook

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Just in time to celebrate its centennial, Boy Scouts of America released its 12th edition Boy Scout Handbook, dubbed the first “green” edition of what many call the “ultimate adventure manual.”

The 475-page paperback is made of 100 percent post-consumer-waste recycled paper. The production process is also more environmentally friendly than ever. The paper was produced free of chlorine chemistry and biogas energy was used during manufacturing.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Boy Scouts of America will release its first "green" Guidebook in both paperback and digital form. Photo: Pack38ephrata.org

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Boy Scouts of America will release its first "green" Guidebook in both paperback and digital form. Photo: Pack38ephrata.org

Supplementary material is available online for the first time on the Boy Scout Handbook Web site. Videos, expanded information and resource links compliment the handbook.

To provide a vintage look, art from previous handbooks is combined with modern photographs and illustrations in the new version. “It helps them see themselves as part of these hundred years of history because of these old handbook illustrations,” said Dan Zaccara, national training chairman for the Boy Scouts who sat on the design team, as reported by Technology Marketing Corporation.

Similar to the first edition in 1911, the new handbook is divided into three sections:

  • Scoutcraft
  • Woodcraft
  • Campcraft

New information covering Internet safety, fiscal management and nutrition are available in the 12th edition. Additionally, an iPhone application and Spanish version are due to be released in September.

“The Handbook – like our organization – adopts new and modern methods while maintaining the message of preparedness, responsibility and self-reliance,” said Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. “Earlier Scouts earned merit badges in bee farming, blacksmithing and signaling, but now our Scouts work on 21st century subjects like composite materials, nuclear science and oceanography.”

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