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Accession Number: 89-012


Order of Woodcraft Chivalry fonds. -- 1917-1979. -- 5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry was established in 1916 by Ernest Westlake, a British naturalist and research scientist, with the assistance of Ernest Thompson Seton, American naturalist and author, who helped Lord Baden-Powell establish the Boy Scout movement. The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry was built around a dissatisfaction with the Scouting Movement. It was felt that the Scouting Movement lacked imagination and inspiration that pacifist individuals and groups were looking for. With the encouragement and advice of Seton an international group was formed. The first group of members of the Woodcraft Chivalry started at Sidcot Lodge in England. In 1919 the Order purchased Sandy Balls Estate and started to pursue in earnest its educational ideals. In 1920 the first International Folkmoot was held at Shearn's Restaurant in London, England. The Order has continued to grow and expand throughout the years.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of John Myers before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a number of pamphlets and handbooks of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry which describe the aims, goals and activities of the boys' club.


Title based on organization which created this fonds.

This fonds was donated by John Myers via John Wadland.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 81-014 and 83-020.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Pamphlets and handbooks of the "Woodcraft Way" series:

The Woodcraft Way Series:

No. 3 Woodcraft Chivalry Aims Ideals and Methods 1927 22 pp

No. 4 "Primitive Occupations as a Factor in Education" 1918 14 pp

No. 9 "The Place of Dionysos" 1927 25 pp

No. 7 "The Forest School" 1930 73 pp

No. 11 "The Council System, Part 1 The Lodge" 1927 90 pp

No. 14 "The Biological Principles of Education" 1928 14 pp

No. 15 "Woodcraft Discipline" 1930 16 pp

No. 16 "Practical Community" 1930 30 pp

No. 17 "Nature and Inner Nature" 1933 8 pp

No. 18 "Heart, Hand and Head" 1933 16 pp

No. 19 "The Grith Fyrd Idea" 1933 38 pp

No. 20 "Vital Experiences" 1936 8 pp

No. 21 "A Changing Environment" 1938 8 pp

No. 22 "Games to Play with Children" n.d. 12 pp

No. 24 "A Centenary Tribute to an Educational Pioneer" 1956 17 pp

No. 5 "The ADventurer's Handbook" 1919 120 pp

No. 6 "How to Run Woodcraft Chivalry" 1922 121 pp

No. 3 "The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry: Aims, Ideals and Methods (Being Part 1 of the Adventurer's Handbook)" 1918 16 pp and 1922 16 pp

No. 1 "Woodcraft" 1927 12 pp

No. 2 "The Theory of Woodcraft Chivalry" 1918 27 pp

"Woodcraft Chivalry" by Aubrey Westlake.

Constitution adopted at Folkmoot, 1929, 12 pp.