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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, Second Edition, 1967-72

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.

4th Edition SPL Handbook
The Patrol Leader Handbook, Fourth Edition, 2002-present (left)
The Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, 2002-present (right)
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.

HISTORY OF PATROL LEADER HANDBOOK

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