Teacher’s wear many hats, and in the course of the day we answer many questions too. There are many great compendiums of information for classrooms, but the one I find most overlooked and yet most helpful is The Boy Scout Handbook.
Hear me out. Most people, I believe, see it as a resource for outdoor survival, and while that is true in part, I believe it is an excellent book for both girls and boys about becoming a great citizen and student, as well as a quick reference for educators to be prepared in emergency situations.
Furthermore, know that much of the book can be adopted and applied with only small changes in your classroom to assist with everything from project based learning to classroom leadership. It is amazing to see how even the implementation of the newest interests in education, such as maker spaces and challenge based learning, really have in common with Scouting. You will see in the handbook that there are many references for reflection as camping logs, and other logs. Reflection is the key to learning. Many of the topics are also perfect as Genius Hour activities.
As a former coach of over nineteen years I thought I would remember everything I needed to know about basic first aid, and while our school has an excellent nurse, it really bothered me that I forgot some of my basic first aid training from Scouts. My daughter passed-out at church recetnly and fortunately a doctor, a nurse, and an EMT where nearby to help. I wondered what would I do if this happened in the classroom. Would I just hover over the student waiting for the office to respond and send the nurse to my room? Of course not. We need to “Be Prepared.”
I have decided to take another first aid class and CPR class right away. I’m not embarrassed, our training becomes rusty when we don’t apply or revisit it. In the meantime, I noticed that the newest edition of the Boy Scout Handbook has just gone into print.
Not only does The Boy Scout Handbook have great first aid information, it also has awesome, illustrated examples of what to do in practically any emergency situation. It also explains our civic duties and responsibilities, how to display a flag correctly, and is packed full of great moral, ethics and leadership lessons for you and your students. I find the Boy Scout Handbook inspiring and reassuring. It’s better than “just” a book on first aid because it covers all of the areas for students to become a super student, a super athlete, a super problem solver, a super leader, and so much more.
This is the thirteenth edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. I am an Eagle Scout so my opinion on this book may be biased, but I really do believe it is an excellent resource for schools. Look at the requirements for the ranks and apply those to what you are teaching in your class. I believe you will be surprised to see every discipline mentioned and high standards, as well as fun methods for learning portrayed in the book.
While the title does infer it is a handbook for “boys” I assure you that as the father of four girls it is a fantastic resource.
There are two versions of the book: the traditional handbook and the new spiral bound handbook. I think the spiral bound is best for teachers at just a few dollars more.
Here are the table of contents:
1. Character and Leadership
4. First Aid
7. Outdoor Ethics
13. Personal Safety Awareness
14. Awards and Advancement
Your Adventure Continues
Boy Scout Rank Requirements
Leadership and Training Log
Let me know what you think in the comments.