Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: NEW Scout Handbook
Re: NEW Scout Handbook
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 17:39:45 -0600
At 05:18 AM 11/25/98 PST, you wrote:
>>I really do feel that it's about time we had a handbook, any handbook,
>>that won't fall apart from heavy usage.
I haven't noticed that the Handbooks are particularly bad this way. I
suspect that Scouts here treat books as badly as anywhere else and I haven't
seen too many actually fall apart. Lose covers, yes. Get pretty ugly, yes.
But actually fall apart? Not too many.
[bookbinders hat on--stand by to be bored]
There are 3 problems here. The first is the paper. It just isn't a sturdy
material. If treated well it will last for hundreds of years but, by
nature, it will not stand up to hard usage. Except for the edition that
came out in the early '70s the quality of the paper in the Handbooks has
been pretty good.
Second is the binding. Modern bindings are not all that strong. Like many
other things they are made quickly, cheaply, and to be thrown out when
broken. Again, I really have no complaints.
The third problem is, of course, the rough treatment they get. As a group
kids tend to be more careless of items than adults (and I know there are
exceptions--I said "As a group"). Also the places where we take the
handbooks are dangerous for books. Accidents happen to even the most
I could design a binding that would stand up to the worst treatment that
could be dished out & would last forever. Trouble is it would weigh about
30 pounds & cost ten times what the new one does.
[bookbinder's hat off]
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Don't eat too much!
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
Scoutmaster, Troop 736