Scouting for Boys

Scouting for Boys

A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship

Book - 2005
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'A trained scout will see little signs and tracks, he puts them together in his mind and quickly reads a meaning from them such as an untrained man would never arrive at.' A startling amalgam of Zulu war-cry and imperial and urban myth, of borrowed tips on health and hygiene, and object lessons in woodcraft, Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (1908) is the original blueprint and 'self-instructor' of the Boy Scout Movement. An all-time bestseller in theEnglish-speaking world, second only to the Bible, this primer of 'yarns and pictures' constitutes probably the most influential manual for youth ever published. Yet the book is at the same time a roughly composed hodge-podge of jingoist lore and tracker legend, padded with lengthy quotations fromadventure fiction and B-P's own autobiography, and seamed through with the multiple anxieties of its time: fears of degeneration, concerns about masculinity and self-restraint, invasion paranoia. Elleke Boehmer's edition of Scouting for Boys is the first to reprint the original text and illustrations, and her fine introduction investigates a book that has been cited as an authority by militarists and pacifists, capitalists and environmentalists alike.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780192802460
0192802461
Characteristics: 448 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Boehmer, Elleke 1961-

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7Liberty7 May 29, 2013

This book is an excellent read for all boys, not only those who want to be scouts. On the contrary, it should be read by every boy everywhere because of the great info. The only thing is that there are a few old-fashioned techniques and procedures like how to stop a run away horse. Still, it's a very good book.

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7Liberty7 May 29, 2013

7Liberty7 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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7Liberty7 May 29, 2013

This book teaches some basic as well as not-so-basic skills that are very often ignored nowadays. Such things as how to cook food over an open fire, first-aid, deduction, courtesy, hygiene, and building a shelter are just a few of the many things shown.

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