Historic Scout books are not history, they are artifacts of a once-present time that are seen by observers of a future present time. As such they are more than facts and figures, they are the viewpoints, the hopes and aspirations of those for whom our present was their future. It is the essential present-past captured free from the haze of revisionism.
Ironically Scouting books are written for the future since it is all about the boy of today having a fun and challenging journey to the man he will one day be. Now with these boys men...often parents and even grandfathers...we can see how those hopes and attitudes stood the test of time.
More than that, Scouting books preserve the vitality and optimism engendered by the very things they dealt with...youth, ideals and the great outdoors. That is a potent combination that does not fade with the passage of time. It was into my young hands that a borrowed Boy Scout Handbook opened the world of Scouting. While I was never a Scout as a youth, I have been a leader for nearly two decades, having served as Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Chartered Organizational Representative, and finally (so-far?) Unit Commissioner. Perhaps something you see here will inspire you to undertake a journey of your own. But equally important, someting you see here may stir the embers of a long-sleeping campfire or bring back the wild music of the night. If so, it was worthwhile building this site.
The Internet Scout Literature Museum depends upon the thoughtful submissions of people like you. It is a virtual exhibit, one of the few places in life where you can have your cake and eat it too, and it is easy to "donate" material by scanning or photographing materials and sending the images to my email address email@example.com. CDs and DVDs can be mailed to my land address: