The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook, 2nd Edition

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With his first book Mark Ray revolutionized the Eagle court of honor, showing tens of thousands of readers how to make Scouting’s greatest moment truly great. He then turned his attention to an even bigger task: building great Boy Scout troops.

In this unique and highly personal book, Mark offers hundreds of proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting. Beginning with Scouting’s aims and methods, the book moves quickly through every aspect of the program, from troop meetings and outings to fundraising and administration.

New for 2017 is the 2nd edition of this popular book, complete with a new cover, 16 pages of new content, and updates on nearly every page.

You’ll learn:

  • How to recruit and retain Scouts and adult leaders
  • Techniques for nearly painless fundraising
  • Suggested board-of-review questions for every rank
  • Proven techniques for empowering your youth leaders
  • Tips for developing troop newsletters and websites
  • Ideas for strengthening patrol operations

Additional information

Weight 0.6875 oz
Dimensions 8.9 × 6 × 0.4 in

6 reviews for The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook, 2nd Edition

  1. Gregory Duckworth

    Had the pleasure of meeting the author, Mark Ray, while he was on faculty at the Philmont Training Center. Mark’s in depth knowledge shared during the PTC’s Strictly for Scoutmasters educational course was exceptional and his passion for Scouting is evident in his on-going efforts. His resources are well written, organized, and helpful for anyone, seasoned or brand new, interested in bettering their Troop’s program!

  2. Frank Maynard

    In “The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook,” author and Scouter Mark Ray provides Scoutmasters and anyone who supports them with in-depth ideas for making the troop program a success. While BSA’s publications and training provide nuts-and-bolts education, Ray takes it a step further with examples and experience on everything from advancement to youth protection. There are sections on troop meetings, improving the outdoor program, ceremonies, implementing and supporting the patrol method, youth leader training, fund raising, and dealing with parents and committee members. Every Scoutmaster and troop can find value in the wisdom Ray has compiled in “The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook.”

  3. Roger Eastman

    This handbook goes with me everywhere and I refer to it often. I appreciate the insight.

  4. Brian Sexton

    What a great book and resource for running your troop. Easy to read and find information. Highly recommend it.

  5. Cassie Johnson

    In 2004, I found The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook. I’m a Sea Scout, but the outline captured my attention and I figured if I could collect Sea Scout information for each of the topics, I would have a handy Skipper’s Manual. Mark’s thoughts on the Annual Troop Program have shaped my ship’s quarterdeck training and continued program excellence. His words of wisdom regarding adult leaders and parents are true for every program in BSA. In fact, I think a subtitle should be added, “Skipper and Advisor Guide.”

    Thanks, Mark.

  6. Rob Smith

    This is the best and most concise manual for running a Troop that can found. Mark has a way of making the complicated very simple for everyone. I reread this book 3-4 times per year just to keep things fresh in our troop. Our troop is going to start giving this out to our new Assistant Scoutmasters when they enter the troop to get a handle on the way our unit works and hit the ground running. If I could give it more than five stars I would. Can’t recommend it enough.

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