scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Free Books by Scouting's Founders
Rick Seymour (Rick@KUDU.NET
Tue Aug 29 2000 - 01:28:00 CDT
Michael Brown Writes:
> As an aside, I really wish the BSA would make an effort
> to make available works by Baden-Powell and the other
> founders of scouting in their catalog. Other Scout
> associations do this, but for some reason the BSA doesn't.
Portions of a number of the books by the BSA's founders are available on
some of my Websites. I don't yet submit them to the search engines because
the quality is still uneven, and I haven't had time to make the pages
presentable. If you don't mind picking through "works in progress," for
stuff you won't find anywhere else, read on.
The book from which Baden-Powell got the idea for Merit Badges, and most of
the actual content for Advancement from Tenderfoot through First Class is
Ernest Thompson Seton's Birch Bark Roll. I have scanned the entire book
but it is not all yet edited. The Advancement section is mostly complete,
as well as the section on (mostly) Native American "campfire songs" see
The Kudu Net at:
By the way, if you have an interest in the Ceremonial aspects of the Order
of the Arrow, I probably have the biggest collection of Native American
Songs and Dances on the Internet, mostly from the collection of Ernest
Thompson Seton's wife, Julia M. Seton. See The Kudu Net at
This general area also contains the largest collection of authentic Native
American Sign Language in the world, from the book, Universal Indian Sign
Language of the Plains Indians of North America, by William Tomkins.
This one is a treasure if you have or intend to have deaf boys in your
Troop. Hearing Scouts are more eager to learn how to sign when the Deaf
Scouts are learning along with them. See the description on The Kudu Net,
Also predating Baden-Powell was BSA co-founder, Dan Beard. Some of the
"manual" for his two organizations, The Boy Pioneers and The Sons of Daniel
Boone, is on The Kudu Net at
The above work was completely edited and all the illustrations were
scanned, but my hard drive went bad before I managed to post the work.
Most of my material by Dan Beard can be found at The Inquiry Net. This
website is arranged by season, as were most of Beard's books. See:
At this time all of the content at this Website is by Dan Beard, but in the
future it will also feature the works of Beard's competitors, authors who
wrote How-To-Do-It books for boys, like Cecil Bullivant and A. Neely Hall.
Also visit Okpik Online! for the winter activities of Dan Beard, and many
other early Scouting writers. Okpik Online is located at:
For any of my websites, let me know if you find something interesting and
need to have the illustrations scanned. Be sure to include the URL.
In general the "Search" function works well at The Inquiry Net and Okpik
Online! but not for The Kudu Net (I have to move to a FrontPage-friendly
Yours in Scouting,