From the Great Central Fire

Inspired by Native American values and first recorded by Ernest Thompson Seton, a founding father of the American camping movement, the Law of the Woods is the timeless code of ethics that unites Kooch-i-ching, Ogichi Daa Kwe and the Camping & Education Foundation.

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 The Law of the Woods

 

From the Great Central Fire, I light this, THE LAMP OF BEAUTY.

From it are these three rays:
BE CLEAN
— Both yourself and the place you live in.
BE STRONG — Understand and respect your body. It is the Temple of the Spirit.
PROTECT ALL HARMLESS WILDLIFE — And be ever ready to fight the wildfire in the woods.

 

From the Great Central Fire, I light this, THE LAMP OF Truth.

From it are these three rays:
SPEAK TRUE — Word of honor is sacred.
PLAY FAIR — Foul play is treachery.
BE REVERENT — Worship the Great Spirit and respect all worship of Him by others.

 

From the Great Central Fire, I light this, THE LAMP OF fortitude.

From it are these three rays:
BE BRAVE — Courage is the noblest of all attainments.
BE SILENT — It is harder to be silent than to speak, but in the hour of trial it is stronger.
OBEY — Obedience is the first law in the woods.

 

From the Great Central Fire, I light this, THE Flaming LAMP OF LOVE.

From it are these three rays:
BE KIND — Do at least one act of unbargaining service each day.
BE HELPFUL — Do your share of the work.
BE JOYFUL — Seek the joy of being alive.