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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Build single-handed, without help, a canoe or boat which will carry one man safely, for coup. If the same can be paddled, rowed or sailed by one person 2 miles an hour on dead water, grand coup.

Build single-handed, without help, a birch bark canoe which will carry one man in safety, for coup. If same has traveled 10 miles without a leak, a grand coup.

Build single-handed, without help, a raft which will carry safely 300 pounds, for coup. Add support for keeping baggage dry, and paddle or pole the raft for 5 miles continuously, for grand coup.

Build single-handed, without help, across a stream or gully a safe foot bridge with piers, or a safe suspension bridge, or a safe pontoon bridge, 15 feet or more long, for coup. Build any two of these for grand coup.

Build single-handed, without help, a good dam at least 3 feet high in center, across a stream at least 6 feet wide, of wildwood material, for coup. If it be thoroughly watertight, grand coup.

Bathe out of doors in water of natural temperature anywhere north of N. latitude 30 or S. latitude 30 for 300 days in the year, for coup. , 365 days for grand coup.

For Further Information, See: The Birch Bark Roll

 

 

   

 

 


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