This weeks Sepia Saturday theme is scouting. What better time to show some images from the 1960 Boy Scout Handbook? I bought this book at a used store in Burbank a very long time ago and probably paid no more than a dollar. It's a wonderful book with a Norman Rockwell piece on the cover.

Following are the front and back cover of the book along with some interior spreads. I will be featuring more of the book in the coming weeks, including some of the vintage ads.

And to see some vintage scouting photos visit my Tattered and Lost Photography site.

Click on any image to see it larger.

In 1981 the band Oingo Boingo (who used to put on great live shows) released an album called Only a Lad thats cover parodied the Rockwell handbook cover.


  1. ah, terrific. Norman Rockwell would capture that sunny optimism of scouting.

  2. What a wonderful piece of more recent history! I just spent a few minutes looking through it and I am jealous - wish I had something like this. The color pictures are wonderful as are the detailed demonstrations. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.