Nine Important Principles
1) This movement is essentially for recreation.
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:
Thrift and Providence
Cheerfulness or the Merry Indian
Obedience--Reverence for Parents and the Aged
Truthfulness and Honor
Temperance and Sobriety
Seton's Methods Considered In
Light of Current Eight Methods:
Physical Regeneration & Mental Health
Through Retreat from
Role Models = Indian, Nobel Savage
Non-Competitive System of 150 "Wampum" Badges,
Engraved with Symbol of
(Tying Knots, Lighting Fires, Life-Saving, Nature-Study, Hunting, Art of Camping,
Triangulation, Star-Craft, Telling Direction, Sign Language, Indian-Craft)
"Bands" of 15-50
Represented by Image of Bird or Animal,
Mimic of this Animal's Sound
Rejection of Industrial Society
Horsehair "Scalp" Badge of Membership