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.
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
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.
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!
Wednesday 28th of December 2022
BSA no longer provides free PDF books. :(
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