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BSA Patrol Leader Handbook Covers
and Other Junior Leader Handbook Covers

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It took the BSA almost two decades to release a handbook for patrol leaders. And there have been two periods since then (20 years total) when there was no Patrol Leader Handbook, the BSA instead offering a much more general troop leadership guide. The covers of all youth leadership books are shown below, including all Patrol Leader Handbooks, the two troop leadership books, and the recent Senior Patrol Leader Handbook.

1st Edition, printings 1-4 1st Edition, printings 5-18 1st Edition, printings 19-34
Handbook for Patrol Leaders, First Edition, printings 1-4, 1929-35 (left)
Handbook for Patrol Leaders, First Edition, printings 5-18, 1935-50 (middle)
Handbook for Patrol Leaders, First Edition, printings 19-34 (somewhat revised), 1950-67 (right)

2nd Edition
Patrol Leader's Handbook, 1967 Edition, 1967-72 [new edition, never labeled as "Second" Edition]

Patrol and Troop Leadership
Patrol and Troop Leadership, 1972-80
There was no handbook specifically for patrol leaders during this period, only this much more general leadership book with limited information on how to run a good patrol.

3rd Edition
The Official Patrol Leader Handbook, Third Edition, 1980-90
Cover is 1979 Joseph Csatari painting "Eagle Service Project".

Junior Leader Handbook
Junior Leader Handbook, 1990-2002
Again, there was no handbook specifically for patrol leaders during this period, just this general leadership book.

Patrol Leader Handbook, 2002 Edition SPL Handbook, 2002 Edition
The Patrol Leader Handbook, 2002 Edition, 2002-17 (left)
The Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, 2002 Edition, 2002-17 (right)
[BSA ceased labeling Handbook editions after 1990 (except for the Boy Scout Handbook). These would count as the PLHB 4th Edition and the SPLHB 1st Edition.]
These books are spiral-bound, which lets them be conveniently folded flat and avoids the problem of pages falling out of a well-used book. The Senior Patrol Leader Handbook is the first leadership manual specifically for the SPL.

Patrol Leader Handbook, 2017 Edition SPL Handbook, 2017 Edition
Patrol Leader Handbook, 2017 Edition, 2017-present (left)
Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, 2017 Edition, 2017-present (right)
These use the same cover background as the current Boy Scout Handbook. These very mild revisions would count as the PLHB 5th Edition and the SPLHB 2nd Edition.

HISTORY OF PATROL LEADER HANDBOOK

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