Today is the official kickoff audiocast to start the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America was organized in 1910 and within the first few years two key handbooks were created:
In doing some research on Scouting history, I decided to check out Google Books to see if it hand any early Scout texts. I was pleased to find fully scanned images of the handbooks. It is at the troop level that Scouting happens and the two main roles are the Scout Master and the boy Scouts.
The Official Handbook for Boys
The purpose of this handbook as stated in its preface:
In order that the work of the boy scouts throughout America may be uniform and intelligent, the National Council has prepared its “Official Handbook,” the purpose of which is to furnish the patrols of the boy scouts advice in practical methods, as well as inspiring information.
The copy on Google Books is copyright 1911: