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"Wood craft is the knowledge of animals and nature"
a. When and Where it was told by B.P?
b. What opportunity do you provide for,to have the knowledge of saving the animals and nature?

Baden Powell's book, "Scouting for Boys" has a number of areas where the importance of wood craft is cited, as well as specific chapters dealing with camp life, tracking, and wood craft.  Obviously, many of the sections deal with these items in the context of the times in which Baden Powell lived.  HOWEVER, their importance in developing a youth's ability to work as part of a team (patrol), understanding of the natural world around him/her, appreciating the beauty and wonder of nature, and learning to respect and conserve it have been timeless - it is the means that are available that have changed as the world has become more urbanized and the opportunities to study nature, and thereby help young people to develop skills such as observation, appreciation of the world around them, patience, and the basic skills associated with living in the outdoors that have changed.

Opportunities are all around us to put the principles that Baden Powell espoused into practice.  One does not need to be in "wilderness" to put them in practice.  Animals and plants live in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  Farming areas provide different opportunities from parks and/or wilderness.  River valleys differ from mountains. Desert differs from forest or jungle.  Each can be used to assist in developing our youth, building teamwork, encouraging question and observation, learning to appreciate what is there (and why), and understanding what each of the ecosystems offers the various plants and animals that inhabit them.  The trick is not in "our" providing the opportunities - its looking around us and being open to what is around us.

If in a urban area, what animals have adapted to the environment and what are they?  What plants seem to thrive? Which do not? And why.  The same holds for suburban and farming areas.  In more wilderness areas, the same principles apply.  Some animals and/or plants do well in certain ecosystems, others don't (for example, as altitude changes so do the plants and animals that thrive).  Getting the youth to observe, work as a patrol, and learn to appreciate what's around them can be accomplished - it just takes a little imagination.  Then think about how to make learning these things fun for the Scouts (games, competitions, challenges, races).

Hope this helps.  

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Six Years Scoutmaster, Three years Cubmaster, three years WEBELOS Den Leader, Trainer for: Scoutmaster Fundamentals, WEBELOS Ldr Training, youth leader training. Wide variety of Scouting experiences to include WoodBadge.


Credentials: - WoodBadge (SR51, elected Permanent Patrol Leader) - Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Council) - WoodBadge Staff (SR-394) - Scoutmaster Outdoor Training (Philmont) - Youth Protection (multiple) - International Program Course (Philmont) - Instructor at University of Scouting (1994-19990 - WEBELOS to Scout Transition - WEBELOS I - WEBELOS II - Youth Leader Training Course - Representative on Council International Committee - 18 Eagle Scouts in the last 8 years.

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