How the Scout Handbook Changed an Eagle’s Life

Boy_Scout_Handbook_(12th_edition_2009)The Boy Scout Handbook is more than a guide for life and adventure as the title suggests – it’s a beacon of inspiration for young leaders seeking a fulfilling life. For more than 100 years, the Handbook has played a significant role in shaping young men by instilling valuable life and leadership lessons for their future. And for Eagle Scout Spencer N. of Melissa, Texas, it has done that and so much more. In fact, he declares it the most influential book in his life.

Read the Eagle’s inspiring essay below and reflect on your Scouting experience. How has The Boy Scout Handbook changed your life?



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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at