A FEW INTERESTING TESTS
You can’t stand for five minutes without moving, if you are blindfolded.
You can’t stand at the side of a room with both of your feet touching the wainscoting lengthwise.
You can’t get out of a chair without bending your body forward or putting your feet under it, that is, if you are sitting squarely on the chair and not on the edge of it.
You can’t crush an egg when placed lengthwise between your hands, that is, if the egg is sound and has the ordinary shell of a hen’s egg.
You can’t break a match if the match is laid across the nail of the middle finger of either hand and pressed upon by the first and third fingers of that hand, despite its seeming so easy at first sight.
Social Activities for Men and Boys—A. M. Chesley. Association Press, $1.00. 295 ideas, games, socials and helpful suggestions. A gold mine for one dollar.
Games for Everybody—May C. Hofman. Dodge Publishing Co., 50 cents. 200 pages of rare fun.
Education by Play and Games—G. E. Johnson. Ginn and Company, 90 cents. A discussion of the meaning of play. Contains also a number of good games, graded according to ages or periods of child life.
Play—Emmett D. Angell. Little, Brown and Company, $1.50 net. A very practical book, containing instruction for planning more than one hundred games, including eight games in the water.
[Illustration: “Hiawatha,” Presented by the Boys—Camp Becket]
CHAPTER XXI—EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Recreative and constructive education
record of personal achievement
kite making and flying
how to make A moccasin
how to make A “Rough and ready” Hammock
A home-made toboggan
ink for scouting games
’Tis education forms the common mind;
Just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.
A boy is better unborn than untaught.—Gascoigne
Camping should not be merely a time of loafing or “having fun.” The boy who has returned from a camp, having learned some definite thing, whether it be different from the school curriculum or supplementary to his school work, has accomplished something and his outing has been of use to him. All play and no work makes Jack a dull boy, as well as “all work and no play.” Recreative and constructive education forms a combination which appeals strongly to a boy. He would call it, “doing things,” and in the doing would have fun galore.