The one that followed, 9th edition that I had, was more traditional, although it kept a good amount of the groundbreaking inclusion of various social groups whereas prior versions always showed only white boys, even though Boy Scouts was not a white boys only organization.
As I’m going through the 8th edition, I’m noticing a lot of things I *wish* my edition had, such as nature watching in the city, how to navigate in a city when lost and stuff like that.
8th edition also added “Skill awards”, which were awards that were on the road to Tenderfoot and to Merit badges.
Thankfully they still had them when I went in. They ran the Skill awards program from 1972-1989, then discontinued it.
From the 90s until maybe a year or two ago, BSA had gone FAR over to the political right, sadly, but I think it’s starting to swing back towards middle again, should it make it.