Jonathan Jarvis, Direc­tor, Nation­al Park Ser­vice:

Slip this Field­book into your pack as a ter­ri­fic guide to the pas­sion of adven­ture, skills for the back­coun­try, and stew­ard­ship of the envi­ron­ment —three keys to enjoy­ing America’s nation­al parks and oth­er pub­lic lands.”

Gre­go­ry A. Miller, Ph.D., Pres­i­dent, Amer­i­can Hik­ing Soci­ety:

As a long­time hik­er, out­doors­man, and Scouter, I rec­om­mend the Field­book as an essen­tial read for any out­door enthu­si­ast, regard­less of age or abil­i­ty. The time-test­ed skills and prac­ti­cal approach­es are a cred­i­ble, invalu­able resource that will help make your out­door adven­tures fun, safe, and mem­o­rable in America’s great out­doors.”

Dana Watts, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Leave No Trace Cen­ter for Out­door Ethics:

This new Field­book pro­vides excel­lent, detailed guid­ance on how to put Leave No Trace prin­ci­ples into action. Scout­ing plays a key role in devel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of out­door stew­ards.”

Accord­ing to Car­olyn Nico­lay­sen, there is “no bet­ter source for use­ful, prac­ti­cal, and easy-to-under­stand sur­vival infor­ma­tion” than the Boy Scout Field­book. In fact, she includes it in both her sug­gest­ed 72 and 120 hour emer­gen­cy kit equip­ment list.

But, she is not alone in her view. Recent­ly I com­plet­ed a CERT course, and one of our instruc­tors said that if you pack any books for emer­gen­cies, make the first on your list the Boy Scout Field­book.

With those kinds of endorse­ments, you’ve got to won­der what’s new in this fifth edi­tion. This is a book that cov­ers camp­ing, stoves and camp­fires, back­coun­try hygiene, emer­gen­cy pre­pared­ness, first aid and oth­er sur­vival skills. At the same time, it opens the door to new adven­tures like cav­ing, kayak­ing, ski tour­ing, moun­tain trekking and back­pack­ing

A ver­sion of this hand­book has been my com­pan­ion since boy­hood, and I own all five edi­tions (see top pic­ture). I am not so old that I bought the first edi­tion, but my broth­ers had one lay­ing around the house. It real­ly cap­ti­vat­ed my imag­i­na­tion, espe­cial­ly when it came to mak­ing my own gear, hik­ing, camp­ing, canoe­ing, moun­tain trav­el, back­pack­ing, and back­coun­try nav­i­ga­tion.

This new edi­tion is a com­pre­hen­sive ref­er­ence for Scouts and oth­ers.

We want to share the­se impor­tant lessons with any­one who seeks to explore, expe­ri­ence adven­ture and appre­ci­ate nature,” said Wayne Brock, BSA’s chief Scout exec­u­tive at time of its pub­li­ca­tion three years ago. 

fieldbook-2014-reviewThat same year it won the pres­ti­gious non­prof­it Nation­al Out­door Book Awards Foundation’s rare Work of Sig­nif­i­cance award. The Field­book is only the third book to receive this hon­or since 1999.

If you are new to the out­doors, the Fieldbook’s step-by-step guides get you start­ed. If you are a sea­soned out­door adven­tur­er, the Field­book will enhance your skills to go far­ther, high­er and deep­er into the back­coun­try.

There are three ways to pur­chase the Field­book:

  1. Pur­chase it at your local Scout Shop.
  2. Vis­it ScoutStuff.org. There, you can find the per­fect-bound ver­sion for $20 and the coil-bound for $27. 
  3. Buy it dig­i­tal­ly on Ama­zon for $20, and you can down­load it to read on a Kindle or any device that uses the Kindle app, includ­ing Androids, iPads and iPhones.

Based on expe­ri­ences of mil­lions of Scouts and lead­ers, this book holds essen­tial infor­ma­tion for every out­door enthu­si­ast. So, what are you wait­ing for? Get a copy today and share your expe­ri­ence in the com­ments below.

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Darryl Alder
Darryl is a full time professional Scouter for Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives. But his pride in Scouting is his service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

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