by Ernest Thompson Seton
The Degree of Scout may be conferred on any one who takes twelve of these tests
1. Know two miles of bypaths in and around your local headquarters in the country.
2. Have a general knowledge of the district within a five-mile radius of local
headquarters, so as to be able to guide people at any time, by day or night.
3. Know the general direction and population of the five principal neighboring towns
and be able to give strangers correct directions how to reach them.
4. Know the country in two-mile radius, or in a town know in a half-mile radius what
livery stables, garages, and blacksmiths there are.
5. Know the location of the nearest meat markets, bakeries, groceries, and drug stores.
6. Know where the nearest police station, hospital, doctor, fire alarm, fire hydrant,
telegraph, and telephone offices, and railroad stations are.
7. Know something of the history of the place, its principal public buildings, such as
town or city hall, post-office, schools, and churches.
8. As much as possible of the above information should be entered on a large scale map.
9. Fell a six-inch tree or pole in a prescribed direction so as to fall between two
stakes two feet apart, within sixty seconds.
10. Tie six kinds of knots quickly.
11. Lash spars properly together for scaffolding.
12. Build a bridge or derrick.
13. Make a camp kitchen.
14. Build a shack or cabin of one kind or another suitable for three occupants.
15. Walk one mile in eleven minutes.
16. Run 100 yards in 14 seconds.
17. Run fifty yards in seven and four-fifth seconds.
18. Swim 100 yards.
For "How To" Information, See: The
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