Nine Important Principles
1) This movement is essentially for recreation.
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
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."
Non-Competitive System of 150 "Wampum" Badges,
Engraved with Symbol of
The Woodcraft Laws
Titles & Officers
(Tying Knots, Lighting Fires, Life-Saving, Nature-Study, Hunting, Art of Camping,
Triangulation, Star-Craft, Telling Direction, Sign Language, Indian-Craft)
"Bands" of 15-50
Represented by Image of Bird or Animal,
Mimic of this Animal's Sound
Ernest T. Seton
"A man-making scheme with a
blue sky background."
Woodcraft Honor Band
Horsehair "Scalp" Badge of Membership