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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Make a set of fire sticks from material of one's own gathering (except that the thong may be bought), and get with it a fire, for coup. Get a fire in one minute from such a set, and tell the story of the first fire, for grand coup.

Make a fire set for lighting a fire without the use of a bow, and get a fire with it, for coup. Get a fire in 2 minutes with such a set, for grand coup.

Match fire. Light 15 camp fires in succession with 15 matches, all in different spots, and all made with stuff of one's own gathering and found in the woods, one at least to be on a wet day, for coup. If 15 on wet days, or 30 lighted in succession, 2 at least on wet days, a grand coup.

Flint and steel. Light 10 camp fires in succession with flint and steel all in different spots, and all made with stuff gathered by self in woods, one at least to be on a wet day, and none to take more than 2 minutes from striking the flint to having the blaze, for coup. If 10 are lighted on wet days, or 20 lighted in succession, 2 at least on wet days, grand coup.

Fire drill or rubbing sticks. Same as flint and steel.

Make a torch of wildwood material which will burn for half an hour, for coup. Make two such, each of different material to burn for an hour, grand coup.

For Further Information, See: The Birch Bark Roll






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