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Mini Bushcraft Library

Discussion in 'Bushcraft and wilderness library and Media' started by TimD, May 18, 2012.

  1. TimD

    TimD Tenderfoot

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    Hi,
    I run a Scout troop and try and spend as much time with them out and about doing stuff as possible.
    Now and again however we find ourselves in our HQ with a little time to spare between activities and some of the kids want to chill rather than run around for a few seconds.
    I'd like to get a few bushcraft books for the kids to pick up as they want and browse for ideas etc.
    Not in any way meant as a replacement or really a learning technique as that needs to be more hands on with Scouts but just a few books lying around for them to pick up and comment 'cool idea, can we try that?'

    So, what I'm looking for is a list of peoples five favourite bushcraft books? Which ones do you think give a balance?

    So far I have (because they happen to be at home)
    Mors Kochanski: Bushcraft
    Ray Mears: Essential Bushcraft
    Collins Gem: Food for Free
    Hedgerow Medicine (less bushy but happy to donate for any Scouts interested to browse)

    So, any other suggestions? Looking for 5 or 6 books to add.

    Regards,
    Tim
     
  2. chutes

    chutes Banned

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    Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart
    The 10 Bushcraft Books by Richard Graves
    Australian Bushcraft by Australian Army Education Service
     
  3. Osprey

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    I find these two books useful, though they are not aimed at bushcraft or scouting in particular:
    Make it Wild by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield
    I Love my World by Chris Holland
     
  4. Man of Tanith

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    ray mears-the outdoor survival handbook-plenty of projects there for the scouts to try
    mors kochanski-bushcraft-again plenty of projects
    food for free collins gems
    tristan gooley natural navigation
    kephart camping and woodcraft

    some are old un's but very appropriate for scouts i feel
    don't forget BP's book scouting for boys some good bits in there too
     
  5. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Wild food... Roger Phillips (superb).

    Tree's... Collins Gems. Tree ID is always fun.
     
  6. Expat

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    I had RM's Essential Bushcraft, but gave it away.... I have "Camping Hiking & Wilderness Skills"
    by Peter G. Drake which IMO is just as good - at a fraction of the price..
     
  7. Wisconsin Cherokee

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    I would suggest Ellsworth Jaeger's Wildwood Wisdom (a book that influenced Mors Kochanski in his boyhood). His Woodsmoke is also excellent for boys, but out of print. Additonally: John and Geri McPherson, Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living; Larry Dean Olsen, Outdoor Survival Skills; Michael Pewtherer, Wilderness Survival Handbook.

    I run a small club for high school students at the school where I teach. We call it Nature Awareness and Wilderness Skills.These books have been helpful.
     
  8. DavidJT

    DavidJT Full Member

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    Some good classics above, but some of them might not appeal to kids of that age.
    I'm not a B.G. fan at all, but his Royal Marines Commandos book has great illustrations and covers most of the basics.
     

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