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Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America"Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930"$
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Benjamin René Jordan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627656

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.001.0001

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Nature, Conservation, and Modern Manhood

Nature, Conservation, and Modern Manhood

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(p.121) 4 Nature, Conservation, and Modern Manhood
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Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America
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Benjamin René Jordan

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.003.0005

Throughout the United States, early Boy Scout officials relied heavily on highly-structured camping and hiking experiences like the Pine Tree Patrol method, Nature Study and its scientific classification system, and natural resource conservation activities to teach boy members modern manhood’s values and skills necessary to manage an urban-industrial society and its expert-led government. Administrators insisted that the most important use of natural areas and resources was the “conservation of boyhood,” which entailed managed development of the nation’s key asset (its most capable adolescent boys). By characterizing women and minority and farm boys as too sentimental, selfish, careless, and ignorant to conserve natural resources and interact with nature in other modern and scientific ways, early Boy Scout outdoor programming and imagery helped reinforce a masculine and racial hierarchy of character and citizenship.

Keywords:   Hiking, Camping, Pine Tree Patrol, Nature Study, Scientific classification, Natural resource conservation, Conservation of boyhood, Modern manhood, Racial hierarchy

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