When did you first think about emergency preparedness? Did you make a conscious decision to become a “prepper?” Or were you standing, glassy-eyed, looking into your pantry (which is stuffed full) and wondered why can’t you find something to eat, then realized you’d be in trouble in an emergency.
Nope – that wasn’t your first experience with being a prepper. Today I picked up a book I hadn’t held in my hands in about 40 years. While thumbing through it, I realized it was actually my very first prepper guide. I’m talking about the Boy Scout Handbook. The one I have today is the 12th edition, 2009 printing.
What makes this book a must-have for any prepper’s reference library? It builds character, physical and mental strength, and provides a basic understanding of wilderness survival.
Early in the introduction it starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief discussion of what it means. Then the Scout salute and Scout sign – holding up three fingers, each with its own meaning:
• Duty to God and Country
• Duty to others
• Duty to yourself
30 pages on what it means to be a scout and what adventures await you. It is an excellent reminder, even for us old scouts, of what we are fighting for and what we stand to lose. The Boy Scouts (or Girl Scouts) is outstanding in how they introduce young people to the principles of leadership and citizenship. It’s worth sharing just for that! But I wanted to look at the book from a prepper’s perspective. What does this basic manual really have to offer? It is packed with factual information that anyone would find useful.