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.

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.

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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.

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