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By J. S. Wilson

In one of Gilcraft's books, Training in Tracking, it is written, "Stalking decently by day is bad enough, but it is still more difficult when it comes to stalking by night, and yet there are so many lessons to be learned out of a night stalk that it is an essential part of training in stalking as a whole." It is therefore of value to Scouts and Scouters that this book should be devoted to the subject of Night Scouting.

There is no need for me to emphasize the feeling of adventure and of the fun that can be got out of Scout practices during the dark hours.  In these chapters, details have not been taken for granted, but the information given leads from simple practices to more complicated and advanced experiments.  This is of some importance, since Night Scouting, and the whole of Scouting for that matter, is made up of attention to small details which, when put together, amount to an important and valuable total, both so far as the practice and value of Scouting are concerned.

All Scouts would wish to emulate the ability of the Chief Scout himself and of his friend, Frederick Burnham, the famous American Scout, and it may be that a study of Night Scouting, combined perhaps with Training in Tracking, will show them how this can be achieved to a great extent provided they give themselves continual practice in the games and activities suggested in these two books.  But, remember it is important to work up from small beginnings, so master the simple and easy practices first before going on to attempt the more difficult ones. If you do this you will have plenty of fun and excitement and these are the spice of our Scouting.



Gilwell Park.

Night Scouting






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