Officially titled The Revised Handbook for Boys, First Edition, this version of the handbook is sometimes referred to as the “first modern handbook,” due to its revamped layout and updated content. This first major content revision included updates on subjects like uniform wear and even outer space! Later prints introduced the proper way to wear the Scout neckerchief, which until then, had merely been optional.
Norman Rockwell’s “Spirit of America” graced the front of the third edition, making it the first of many handbooks to feature the artist’s iconic work. The cover depicted a Scout in a brilliant red neckerchief and campaign hat with profiles of American heroes set in deep blue behind him.
At a Glance: Third Edition, Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys
- In Publication: 1927- 1940
- Cover artwork: Norman Rockwell
- Author: BSA Editorial Board
- Copies: 3,507,129
- Cost: 50 cents
- Trivia: Aside from a special 25th anniversary printing, the third edition of the Boy Scout Handbook was printed with green type throughout the book.
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