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Woodcraft for Scouts and Others

Nature volume 85, page 303 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



THAT the present generation of country people do not study woodcraft and field-lore with the zest and thoroughness of their forefathers, is a regrettable fact too well known to all capable of forming an opinion on the subject. The nature-knowledge of the old-fashioned shepherd has been replaced by a superficial education of a different class, which is of little or no use to its possessor, and the intimate knowledge of the creatures of the forest, field, and stream owned by the professional poachers of a generation ago has to a considerable extent vanished with the diminution in the numbers of that class in many districts. Nor is this all, for ordinary country lads, in some counties at any rate, show a lamentable lack of knowledge of the names of wild plants and birds as compared with their grandfathers. That the scout movement, if properly conducted will do something to improve this state of affairs in the case of the rising generation is almost certain, for it is obvious that to orient one's position in a wood at night, to follow the trail of a suspect, or to escape the attentions of an enemy is impossible without a full knowledge of woodcraft in its widest sense.

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