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About the Author

Known as "Uncle Dan" to those who knew him well, Daniel Carter Beard (June 21, 1850-June 11, 1941) was a famed author, illustrator, and social champion. Inspired by the rugged traditions of the American frontier, Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905. Five years later, he merged the organization with the newly formed Boy Scouts of America.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great read, even if you aren't planning on using the information immediately. If your idea of "camping" is the Hilton, then this book is not for you.

This book was first published in 1920, by a man who knew the woodsmen that lived the life, during his lifetime. The author, an experienced woodsman, or woodcrafter, interjects a more than a few personal antidotes throughout the book. It is well written and illustrated, even though at times, finding the correct figure and illustration can be a little frustrating to some.

Historically fascinating, as he comments on his talks with actual Civil War Veterans, and the wild men of the west. A lost art of actual surviving with what you have on your back...quite literally. I had to remind myself that when the author mentions "that back in the 60's" ...really meant, back in the 1860's, not the 1960's!

The book is actual a precursor to one of the first U.S.B.S. scouting books. It has a very "scouting" feel to it. From building "cooking" fires to "warming" camp fires, shelters, and how to load-up packing horses. You will find the book entertaining to say the least, if not for the historical aspect. The writing style reflects language of the 1920's, both in context references and humor.

I really enjoyed reading this and it's a good book to start on, for those interested in getting back to their frontiersman-like roots. This book will take you to a place before the industrial era. It's more of a starters guide and fairly basic. It will tell you the basics of gutting an animal, but not on how to hunt, trap or forage. There are more detailed books on these matters.
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This book was written by a man who no only loved the outdoors, but spent most all of his time in it. When you do that, you learn very quickly what works and what isn't worth your time. There isn't a bad piece of advise or teaching in this book and if you want to know the Old Timers knew, add this book to your collection. It's a gem!
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Reading this reminds me of how far our cultures has removed us from contact with the land.

There is something strangely compelling about a little campfire in front of a small tent or two and a couple makeshift seats. Life doesn't have to be complicated to be fulfilling.

It's fun to re-discover a bit of woodcraft. Good to see some of these old works brought back.
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This was a gift for my husband. He had a copy when he was younger and longed for another copy. He was delighted! It if full of useful information of the outdoor enthusiasts, back yard camper or for a prepper.
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grt book for young campers. I used it it in the 40s when i went camping. I would recommend it o all young boys
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This classic from Dan Beard stands the test of time. While technology, culture, and tastes may change, the wilderness does not. His insights and wild wood ethos give me the urge to get back to camp. I felt like I was sitting by the fire with a mug of coffee listening to Dan tell tales and impart his wisdom. It's at once practical and nostalgic. Modern wilderness explorers may discount Dan's "outdated" wisdom but for those who can open their minds and take it all in there is a great feeling of connection with those who have walked the trails before them.
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This is a great book for readers looking for older camping techniques that is lost in today's high tech outdoor gear manfacturers. There are plenty of drawings that do a good job of showing you how to do things such as, different tent configurations. This would also make a good book for boyscouts to study.

This is not for people looking for the newest and most high speed outdoor survival skills.
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Details all the important information needed for camping or even longer term stays in the woods. Many things in this book are not commonly taught these days.
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