Handbook for Boys

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BOY SCOUTS of AMERICA

THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK
FOR BOYS



Published for

THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

200 FIFTH AVENUE

NEW YORK


Garden City New York

DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

1912


COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA


  1. CONTENTS
  2. PAGE
  3. Boy Scout Certificate
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    iii
  4. Preface
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    v
  5. Officers and Members of the National Council
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    vii
  6. CHAPTER I.
  7. Scoutcraft
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    3
    1. Aim of Scout Movement
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      John L. Alexander
    2. What Scouting Means
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      John" L." Alexander"
    3. Scout Virtues
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      John" L." Alexander"
    4. The Boy Scout Organization
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special Committee
    5. Scout Oath
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special" Committee"
    6. Scout Law
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special" Committee"
    7. Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Scout Requirements
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special" Committee"
    8. Badges, Awards and Equipment
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special" Committee"
    9. Knots Every Scout Should Know
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Samuel A. Moffat
  8. CHAPTER II.
  9. Woodcraft
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    57
    1. Woodlore
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Ernest Thompson Seton
    2. Birdcraft
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      National Association Audubon Societies
    3. Shells and Shellfish
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Dr. Wm. Healey Dall
    4. Reptiles
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Dr. Leonhard Stejneger
    5. Insects and Butterflies
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      United States Bureau of Entomology
    6. Fishes and Angling
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Dr. Hugh M. Smith
    7. Aquarium
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Dr. Wm. Leland Stowell
    8. Rocks and Pebbles
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      United States Geological Survey
    9. Flowers, Ferns and Grasses
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Dr. L. C. Corbett
    10. Mushrooms, Fungi or Toadstools
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Ernest Thompson Seton
    11. Common North American Trees
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Ernest" Thompson" Seton"
    12. Native Wild Animals
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Ernest" Thompson" Seton"
  10. CHAPTER III.
  11. Campcraft
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    145
    1. Hiking and Over Night Camps
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      H. W. Gibson
    2. Tent Making Made Easy
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      H. J. Holden
    3. An Open Outing Tent
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Warren H. Miller
    4. Canoeing, Rowing and Sailing
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special Committee
  12. CHAPTER IV.
  13. Tracks, Trailing, and Signaling
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    Ernest Thompson Seton187
  14. CHAPTER V.
  15. Health and Endurance
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    George J. Fisher, M.D.219
  16. CHAPTER VI.
  17. Chivalry
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    John L. Alexander237
  18. CHAPTER VII.
  19. First Aid and Life Saving
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    Major Charles Lynch255
    1. Water Accidents
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Wilbert E. Longfellow
  20. CHAPTER VIII.
  21. Games and Athletic Standards
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    291
    1. Indoor and Outdoor Games
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Ernest Thompson Seton
    2. Athletic Standards
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Special Committee
  22. CHAPTER IX.
  23. Patriotism and Citizenship
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    Waldo H. Sherman323
    1. Practical Citizenship
      ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      Col. Theodore Roosevelt
  24. APPENDIX.
  25. Equipment
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    359
  26. Books for Reference
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    369
  27. Index
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    393
  28. Advertisements
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    405


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