FIRST EDITION BEAR HANDBOOKS

1943 Cub Scout Trail and Color Plates
First Edition A (1930-1934)
4 1/2" x 7"
First Edition B (1935-1937)
4 1/2" x 7"
Oct 1936 Variant, "Price 20¢"
4 1/2" x 7"
First Edition B (1938-1944)
4 1/2" x 7"
First Edition B (1945-1946)
4 1/2" x 7"
1946 Variant, One Line Bottom
4 1/2" x 7"
Bridge Pamphlet (1947)
4 3/8" x 6 3/4"
Back Typical Page

First Edition - Cover A (1930-1934):

Edition Notes: Cover art by Andy Janson. 136 pages, 4 1/2” x 7”. Illustrations were ink drawings by Andy Janson.

Historical Notes: The BSA Boy’s Cubbook was not just an adaptation of Baden-Powell’s 1916 “Wolf-Cub’s Handbook.” Akela, Baloo, and Mowgli from Kipling’s “Jungle Book” had been transferred to North America. The tests and awards were rewritten with advice from educators and child psychologists.The Bear Cubs using this book were 10 years old.

Quote: The Indian has always been pictured to us as a warrior and fighter -- but he was a great peace maker as well. He was as colorful and dramatic in his peace making as he was swift and terrible on the warpath. But his warpaths led to the peace of the council fire. May each Bear Cub see, with the Indian, the values of peace, and seek in home and school and backyard and street to show “good-will” as the Law of the Cub Pack states.

First Edition - Cover B (1935-1946):

Edition Notes: Cover art by Andy Janson, printed with several color variations. 136 pages until dropping to as low as 122 for Wartime Measures compliance. Illustrations were ink drawings by Andy Janson.

Historical Notes: Inaugural edition which Americanized the story of Mowgli beyond recognition. Before this first edition, the first packs mostly used Baden Powell's Wolf Cub Handbook. Cubs BSA became Cub Scouts in 1945 but the name change did not affect the end of this run. The Bear Cubs that used this book were 10 years old.

Bridge Pamphlet - (1947):

Edition Notes: The 1947 pamphlet was designed to be sold with the First Edition Bear Cubbook. It is the first to use the new program name “Cub Scout.” 16 pages.

Historical Notes: This brochure was intended to serve as a stop gap measure during the long delayed development of the Second Edition Cub Scout books. With lowering of age brackets still up in the air, this pamphlet provided an outlet for some important changes to the program that more quickly achieved consensus.