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The Birch Bark Roll
 By Ernest Thompson Seton

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing Scheme:

Nine Important Principles of Woodcraft:

1) This movement is essentially for recreation.
2) Camp-life.
3) Self-government with Adult Guidance.
4) The Magic of the Campfire.
5) Woodcraft Pursuits.
6) Honors by Standards.
7) Personal Decoration for Personal Achievements.
8) A Heroic Ideal
9) Picturesqueness in Everything.

The Indian's Creed

Following The Indian's Creed we find Seton's Outline of the Indian Way, in which he presents evidence of the Native American's character.  The influence on B-P's Scout Law is evident:

Reverence
Cleanliness
Chastity
Bravery
Thrift and Providence
Cheerfulness or the Merry Indian
Obedience--Reverence for Parents and the Aged
Kindness
Hospitality
Honesty
Truthfulness and Honor
Temperance and Sobriety
Physique

Seton's Methods Considered In Light of Current Eight Methods:

Aims?
Physical Regeneration & Mental Health
Through Retreat from

Adult Association?
"Medicine Man"
Role Models = Indian, Nobel Savage

Advancement?
Non-Competitive System of 150 "Wampum" Badges,
Engraved with Symbol of

Ideals?
A

Leadership Development?
Boy-Leaders
Self-Government

Outdoor Program?
Woodcraft-Based
(Tying Knots, Lighting Fires, Life-Saving, Nature-Study, Hunting, Art of Camping, Triangulation, Star-Craft, Telling Direction, Sign Language, Indian-Craft)
Scouting Games

Patrol System?
"Bands" of 15-50
Self-Government
Represented by Image of Bird or Animal,
Mimic of this Animal's Sound

Personal Growth?
Rejection of Industrial Society

Uniform?
Horsehair "Scalp" Badge of Membership

 

 

 

   

 

 


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