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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Enter the Arctic Circle as captain or leader of expedition by sea, for coup. By land, for grand coup.

Cross the Equator by sea or rail as captain or engineer, for coup. On foot, for grand coup.

Take a latitude from the stars at night with a cart wheel or some home made instrument, 10 times from 10 different points of the compass, averaging within 1 degree of accuracy, for coup. Within 1/2 degree of accuracy, for grand coup.

Take correct latitude, longitude and local time with instruments, for coup. Have passed the Royal Geographical Society's examination for "expert traveler" for grand coup.

Make the 4 usual Indian signs and blazes on tree trunks, in twigs, grasses and with stones, and give smoke signals. Add 25 other signs or pictographs used by the Indians, for coup. Mark a path or road with these (excepting smoke signals) for 2 miles, so that a party can follow the path marked, for grand coup.

Make a correct map of a region one-half mile long by one quarter of a mile wide (such as half a mile of highway with an eighth of a mile on each side); marking each house, fence, hill, prominent tree, stream and bridge, for coup. Map in such a way a territory one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide, map to be drawn approximately to scale, for grand coup.

Take a country hike of at least 5 miles, prepared with case or press for specimens. Collect, identify and mount 25 specimens of different species, procured on this hike, for coup. (These may be animal, vegetable or mineral.) Grand coup for 50 specimens, composed of 15 animal, 30 vegetable, and 5 mineral, all identified and mounted, and found on such a hike.

Go in a canoe, rowboat or sail boat, on stream, pond or sea, and collect, mount and identify, or make accurate drawings to scale, 25 specimens of aquatic life, either animal or vegetable, for coup. 50 specimens of aquatic life, mounted, identified or drawn as above, part to be animal and part vegetable, for grand coup.

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