For those who don’t have an “old” copy of the Boy Scout Handbook, the 1911 edition is available from Project Gutenberg in a variety of electronic formats.
Also, they have the Girl Scout Handbook, 1920 edition.
There is some overlap with the Boy Scouts handbook, but also much that is unique, especially in regard to care of the home, growing a garden, storing food, outdoor and indoor cooking, and a good section on first aid and home health care. Regards, – Andrew H.
JWR Replies: For any families with teenagers, or pre-teens, I recommend getting hard copies of these books:
- Boy Scouts Handbook: The First Edition, 1911
- The Dangerous Book for Boys
- The American Boy’s Handybook of Camp Lore and Woodcraft
(BTW, most adults also find these books fascinating reading, and useful references.)