Over 400 million Boy Scout Handbooks have been published; the last three editions (10, 11 & 12) were written by Robert Birkby, a native of Sidney, Iowa, who also authored the BSA Fieldbook (4th edition) and the Eagle Scouts Centennial History.
|Boy Scout books written by Robert Birkby: (Left to right) Editions 10, 11 and 12 of the|
Boy Scout Handbook, Edition 4 of the Fieldbook, Centennial history of Eagle Scouts.
The Omaha World-Herald today reports that he supports the BSA decision to include gay boys.
Birkby said the organization will eventually be entirely inclusive. And that's a good thing, he said. “My main focus has always been that Scouts is an organization for all boys,” he said.