Best Books For an Exceptional Scout: My Top Picks

Reading books will put you on the fastest possible path to becoming a respected leader in your troop. I’ve picked out for you the three the most useful and actionable books that any scout can quickly read, understand, and begin using right away. Just one of these books has the potential to vastly improve your Scouting career and your life.

I’ve personally read, or have been recommended by close friends, every book on this list. I can say with 100% certainty that each of these books will provide benefits to any scout at any rank. Whether you’re a new scout trying to get along with your first patrol, or a senior patrol leader whose planning their eagle project, you’ll gain life-changing knowledge and inspiration from checking out any of these recommendations.

Best Leadership Book:

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Almost every successful person has read something by Dale Carnegie. This book will teach you how to be liked and respected by everyone you’ll meet. A must-read for any aspiring leader.

I first read How To Win Friends and Influence People at age 16, and have revisited it many times since. One of the most popular books on leadership of all time, the key lessons in this book transformed my style of communication and made connecting with people so much easier. I would highly recommend this book to any of you currently in leadership positions or who are hoping to become leaders.

If what you’re looking for are sneaky ways of tricking people into liking you, this book won’t be for you. But if you are hoping to learn an honorable way of living so that people naturally respect and follow you, this is the book that you need. You’ll likely find yourself coming back to this book throughout your life, so why not get a headstart and read it today!

Best Outdoor Adventure Book (fiction):

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

This book was my inspiration for joining Scouting. Sam, our protagonist, leaves the big city to live alone in the wilderness. As a scout, you’ll definitely relate to this memorable tale, and hopefully, use it as a reason to enjoy the outdoors even more.

This book is an easy read, great for scouts of any age. I first read this book around age 10 and was inspired to learn everything I could about the outdoors to become just like Sam. Every time I learned a new scout skill, I felt even more successful, as I was getting closer and closer to becoming self-sufficient in the wilderness.

My Side of the Mountain is a great story that every scout should read. Not only does it capture the wonder of the outdoors, it also captures the struggles and decisions you’ll have to face when growing up. If you read this book now, I honestly believe that you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.

Best Book For Mindset:

Think Like a Warrior: The Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable by Darrin Donnelly

If you’ve ever been involved in team sports, you’ll know what if feels like to give it your all, not knowing whether in the end you’ll win or lose. This book is for all of the sports fans out there who are ready to begin taking responsibility for their outcomes and start winning.

This book is ideal for scouts aged 15-18. If you’re younger than that but a great reader this book may be for you as well. In life, you’ll encounter difficult situations with no clear answers. This book will teach you the beliefs and mindsets of a true warrior, enabling you to overcome every challenge you encounter.

I’d highly recommend Think Like a Warrior: The Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable for anyone who loves sports and is going through a tough time. Any scout will benefit from the lessons of resilience and resourcefulness that are outlined in this easily digestible book.