Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Camping for Boys - H.W. Gibson - Review

Published in 1913 this book is a close relative to the famous "Scouting for Boys" and does share some of the same preaching style. It has some good sections and plates showing things to be made in camp. The chapter on "Tramps, Hikes and Overnight Trips" is well worth reading but most of the book is repeated in other sources.
Despite having quite a British feel this book was written in the USA. In general though it is nicely presented and perhaps an easier read than some of its contempararies. It is only worth considering though if you're looking to build up a library. I think that Dan Beard's "Woodcraft and Camping" is a far better book and contains some genuinely new information. I'll be reviewing that in the near future.