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by Ernest Thompson Seton

BAND--A group of not less than three nor more than ten members under a Band Leader and a Guide.

TRIBE--A group of not less than two Bands, that is, at least six members, chartered from Headquarters and empowered to confer Badges and Degrees according to the Laws of the Woodcraft Birch Bark Roll under a Chief and a Head Guide appointed by Headquarters.  The maximum number in a Tribe is fifty members.

TRIBAL COMMITTEE--A committee of three or more adults who co-operate with the Guide and guarantee the continuance of the tribe.

HEAD GUIDE--One at least twenty-one years of age, of good character, associated with some Woodcraft Tribe and actually giving time to leading in Woodcraft work.  Also qualified or willing to qualify within a year as Gleeman or Council Leader (See Degrees).  Is responsible to Headquarters for work of Tribe.

GUIDE--One at least eighteen years of age, of good character, willing to give time to leading a Band in Woodcraft work.  Is commissioned by Headquarters upon recommendation of the Head Guide.

CHIEF--A member of a tribe appointed as Leader by the Guide or elected by the members of the Tribe with the Guide's approval.  He acts as the representative of the members (should learn to run the Council), and co-operates with the Guide in conducting the work of the Tribe.  These two offices (Chief and Guide) may be held by the same person.

BAND LEADER--A member of one of the Bands appointed as leader by the Guide or elected by the members of the Band with the Guide's approval.  He acts as the representative of the members and cooperates with the Guide in conducting the work of the Band.

TALLY KEEPER--A member of the Tribe appointed by the Guide, or elected by the Tribe with the approval of the Guide, to act as Secretary and keep the Tally.

WAMPUM KEEPER--A member of the tribe appointed by the Guide, or elected by the Tribe with the approval of the Guide, to act as Treasurer.  Sometimes it may be wise to have one member hold both this and the preceding office.

BAND TALLY AND WAMPUM COLLECTOR--A member of a Band appointed by the Guide or elected by the Band with the approval of the Guide to act as Secretary for the Band and to collect dues of the members. Reports to the Tribal officers.

FATHER AND MOTHER COUNCILOR--Adult relative or friend, interested in work, welfare, and support of the Tribe, but not necessarily giving as much time as a Guide.

FIRE KEEPER--A member of a Band or Tribe appointed by the chief to attend to the Council Fire for any given period.

DOG SOLDIERS--It has been found very valuable in some eases to have a group of selected members of the Tribe who will assist at times when discipline is necessary.  This group way be called by any appropriate name, but should be used only in emergency.

RANGER OR FAR SCOUT--A person authorized by Headquarters to establish tribes and promote the Woodcraft Program in a given territory.

SHAMAN--A Guide who has qualified as Camper, Camp Doctor, Camp Cook, and Council Leader.

The Birch Bark Roll






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