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The Birch Bark Roll
 By Ernest Thompson Seton






Organizing Scheme:

Nine Important Principles of Woodcraft:

1) This movement is essentially for recreation.
2) Camp-life.
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:


The Woodcraft Idea

The Woodcraft Aims

Physical Regeneration & Mental Health
Through Retreat from

Adult Association?

Woodcraft Men & Women

Spartans of the West: Role Model of the "Ideal Indian of Fenimore Cooper and Longfellow."


Ranks in the Big Lodge  A total of nine ranks earned by collecting "Coups" distributed between four areas called "Lamps."


Degrees: The Non-Competitive System of 150 "Wampum" Badges,
Engraved with Symbol of


The Woodcraft Laws

Seven Secrets

Indian Creed

Nine Principles

Leadership Development?

Titles & Officers


Outdoor Program?

(Tying Knots, Lighting Fires, Life-Saving, Nature-Study, Hunting, Art of Camping, Triangulation, Star-Craft, Telling Direction, Sign Language, Indian-Craft)
Scouting Games

Patrol System?



"Bands" of 15-50
Represented by Image of Bird or Animal,
Mimic of this Animal's Sound

Personal Growth?

Ernest T. Seton "A man-making scheme with a blue sky background."


Woodcraft Honor Band

Council Robes

Horsehair "Scalp" Badge of Membership








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