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How to Get Your Cub Scout Handbooks Online

Did you know that Cub Scout handbooks are available online? Find out how to get them as well as why a leader should have an electronic copy.

electronic cub scout handbooks

If you have the 2015 version of the handbook, you can download (or print) the addendum with the current requirements. 

Electronic Versions of Cub Scout Handbooks

People often search for a pdf or electronic version of the Cub Scout handbooks and the Webelos handbook. I'm excited to tell you that BSA has made the handbooks and leader guides available in an Adobe Digital Editions version.

If you don't have Adobe Digital Editions software, don't worry! You can create a free Adobe Account and download the Adobe Digital Editions software for free! The Adobe Digital Editions software is available for your tablet, smartphone or computer! If you don't have a free Adobe Account, click here to make one. Be sure to create this account and install the software before buying your first eBook. Otherwise, the file won’t open.

You can purchase the handbook, find instructions for your specific device, and answers to frequently asked questions here.

I love the fact that the new Cub Scout handbooks downloads are now available! As a Cub Scout parent, it's great to be able to look up a requirement quickly.

And as a den leader, you can make sure you've covered all of the requirements if you don't have your Cub Scout book handy.

Whether you're a Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light den leader or parent, having the scout book handy is a great benefit.

Now, I don't believe that these should take the place of the hard copy of the book for the Scouts, but it's great to have the information available at your fingertips.

You can order the electronic handbooks by clicking on the links below

Electronic Lion Handbook
Electronic Tiger Handbook
Electronic Wolf Handbook
Electronic Bear Handbook
Electronic Webelos and Arrow of Light Handbook

Physical Copies of Cub Scout Handbooks

You can purchase physical handbooks at your local Scout Shop or online if you don't have yours already. Below are the links to the 2018 copies of the handbooks.

Lion Handbook
Tiger Handbook
Wolf Handbook
Bear Handbook
Webelos and Arrow of Light Handbook

You may want to grab a handbook cover too. They work great for protecting your child's handbook.

Right now, use caution if you want to order the hard copies of the handbooks from Amazon.  Most (if not all) of the physical handbooks being sold on Amazon are through third party sellers, and many of them are still selling the old handbooks. 

You want to make sure you get the new 2018 Cub Scout handbooks. They're the ones with the plain covers.

Yours in Scouting,

P.S. If you're a leader, you can get your leader guide electronically too!  Check them out!

electronic cub scout handbooks

Mouna charif

Saturday 9th of March 2024

Hello I have an old book (wolf cub scout book).. In case if I want to printing it's okay or not allowed.

Jennifer Weldon

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

You should update this page to tell families to get the new 2023 handbooks as they have been updated again to remove the retired belt loops. :-)

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