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A Brief Background of the Patrol Leader Handbook (BSA)
(and other BSA Junior Leader Handbooks)

2002 Edition—The Patrol Leader Handbook (2002-2017)

The BSA has a patrol-leader-specific handbook, and now two additional leader-position handbooks: one for the SPL and one for the Outdoor Ethics Guide. The patrol leader and SPL handbooks are filled with full-color photos and artwork, and are coil-bound to lie flat. The Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook is a skinny manual with no artwork; to date it's available only online.

BSA ceased labeling Patrol Leader Handbook editions after 1990. This would be the equivalent of a 4th Edition.
2002 Edition, Patrol Leader Handbook


Patrol Leader Handbook Summary and Printing History


Actual Patrol Leader Handbook Table of Contents

2017 Edition—Patrol Leader Handbook (2017-??)

This very mildly revised handbook would be the equivalent of a 5th Edition. Most photos were changed, and the text was slightly updated.
2017 Edition, Patrol Leader Handbook


Patrol Leader Handbook Summary and Printing History


Actual Patrol Leader Handbook Table of Contents (same as previous edition)

2002 Edition—The Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (2002-2017)

2002 Edition, Senior Patrol Leader Handbook


SPL Handbook Summary and Printing History


Actual Senior Patrol Leader Handbook Table of Contents

2017 Edition—Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (2017-??)

2017 Edition, Senior Patrol Leader Handbook


SPL Handbook Summary and Printing History


Actual Senior Patrol Leader Handbook Table of Contents (same as previous edition)

2017 Edition—Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook (2017-??)

2017 Edition, Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook


Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook Summary and Printing History


Actual Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook Table of Contents

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