Fifth Edition (1978-1985)
5 3/8" x 8"
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Fifth Edition (1978-1985):

Edition Notes: At first a pamphlet, it was later produced as a bound book with a spine. The only cover not to show a wolf (ignoring the badge). Cover A is a pamphlet, B a book with the 50th Anniversary logo and index on the back. C has no logo. 160 pages until reissued as a full book with 176 pages starting 1/1980. 5 1/4” x 8”. Illustrations were black ink drawings. by an uncredited artist.

Historical Notes: The “Improved Scouting Program” introduced in 1972, proved highly unpopular and cost BSA a significant percentage of its members. This Wolf Cub Scout Book and co-current Boy Scout Handbook restored the traditional flavor and challenges of Scouting while holding on to emphases on racial and cultural harmony and environmentally-friendly low-impact camping. The financial slump initially resulted in the fifth edition being released as a pamphlet. With the program turnaround came financial turnaround and the last printings were in book form.