A Paperback Reproduction of the First American Boy Scout Handbook. A facsimile edition of the first Boy Scout Handbook as originally published in 1911. This volume standardized American scouting and emphasized the virtues and qualifications for scouting—delineating what the American Boy Scouts declared was needed to be a "well-developed, well-informed boy." Over 31 million copies of the Official Handbook for Boys have been distributed since its first publication. The book includes information on the origin of scouting, notes on the identification of natural specimen, from toadstools, trees and plants, to insects, birds and fish—and advise on everything from assembling a proper camp, to building a log cabin. Scouts past and present will be fascinated to see how scouting has changed in the ensuing years, and how it has stayed the same.