FIRST EDITION WOLF HANDBOOKS

Special Features: 1932 Wolf Cubbook Art   1943 Cub Scout Trail and Color Plates
First Edition A (1930-1935)
4 1/2" x 7"
Type A Back First Edition B (1935-1946)
4 1/2" x 7"
Type B Back Typical Page Oct 1936 Variant, "Price 20¢"
 
1946 Variant, One Line Bottom 1947 Bridge Pamphlet
4 3/8" x 6 3/4
 

First Edition - Cover A (1930-1935):

Edition Notes: Cover art by Andy Janson. The first and last to be titled “The Boy’s Cubbook.” 128 pages. Illustrations were ink drawings by Andy Janson.

Historical Notes: The long-awaited BSA Boy’s Cubbook was not just another adaptation of the British Wolf-Cub’s Handbook. Akela, Baloo, and Mowgli from Kipling’s “Jungle Book” were transferred to North America, with Native American references replacing the original Indian flavor. The tests and award schemes were completely rewritten. The Wolf Cubs that used this book were 9 years old.

Quote: In a swiftly moving world, where mountains are tunneled, rivers bridged, and lightning is harnessed--where we read in the morning papers what was done at the South Pole yesterday--where music and speech circle the globe “on the air”...in such a world of action Cubs are to live. To do their part, they need to KNOW, and to DO, and to BE.

First Edition - Cover B (1935-1946):

Edition Notes: Cover art by Andy Janson. A notice of compliance with war production guidelines started with 4/1944. The 11/1936 was the only cover with “Price 20 Cents” The last printing dropped “Published by” and the address.

Historical Notes: A color section was included in this Cubbook. Chief Scout Executive James E. West thought the color sections would inspire boys to wear the uniform properly and strive to earn the recognitions. These sections were a casualty of the War Effort, and did not return for many years. Cubs BSA became Cub Scouts in 1945 but the name change did not appear in the First Edition.

Bridge Pamphlet - (1947):

Edition Notes: The Bridge Pamphlet is a brochure with 16 pages, 4 3/8” x 6 3/4”. Cover art adapted from Andy Janson.

Historical Notes: The pamphlet was a supplement to be sold with the first edition Wolf Cubbook. It is the first to use the new name “Cub Scout.” It served 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.