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Boy Scouts collect stamps

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Stamp Collecting
Boy Scouts of America
1993

I couldn’t believe that the date on this book was 1993. The pictures seem to be much older.  Stamp collecting is still a big hobby and there are many more current books on stamp collecting. I am not sure I would add this to the collection, unless there is a current need for scouting material. I hope the scouts have updated this particular book.

And then we have the back cover advertising a subscription to Boy’s Life. I guess the scouts are into some cultural appropriation after they get the stamp collections done.

Mary

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Boy Scout Handbook cover

Boy Scout Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
1964

Submitter:  My son brought back a book from his elementary school library that is just awful. The library is nice, they just completely remodeled it with a grant from Target, but some of the books on the shelf have been there since almost when the school opened in 1955. This one was old when I went to school there in the 1980’s and is ancient now! My son was looking for a book on knot-tying, so he brought home the Boy Scouts manual, but it is a 1964 edition and the last 20 or so pages are mostly ads for guns!

Holly: This is just laziness. I can’t believe that any library worker truly believes that this book is valuable to a modern-day elementary school library. It’s cool in a nostalgia kind of way, but that doesn’t make it useful. The first image below advises young men who “cause emissions themselves” to avoid things that make them worry. And such behavior may cause them to worry…so they really shouldn’t do that. The gun ads are probably not in modern Boy Scout handbooks either, though I don’t know that to be a fact. Boy Scouts? Want to weigh in?

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