Fur Trapping the Boy Scout Way


Not quite a century ago, apparently enough Boy Scouts indulged in fur trapping that a big fur company felt compelled to advertise to them.

What would PETA say if the Scouts did that today?

Wait a minute... They still kinda do!

From Boys' Life for February 1919.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 23, 2012
     Category: Animals | Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations | Hunting, Trapping and Other Wilderness Activities | Twentieth Century

All the farm kids that I knew, growing up ('50s), trapped various critters. Muskrat was the most common but an occasional mink or even a beaver one time. Then there were fox, ground hog, and all manner of furs that could be sold. Even some birds' feet brought bounty.

Q: What's the #1 animal to being trapped by The BSA today?
A: Scout Masters!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/23/12 at 10:42 AM
I only hunt beaver 😜
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 10/23/12 at 01:39 PM
Many parts of America were built and financed on the fur trade.

To follow up on the B.S.A. handshake question we had some weeks ago: While going through mom's stuff I came across a Boy Scout Handbook from 1920. The explanation of the handshake was that it would identify Scouts to each other, much like a fraternity handshake. The book was published only ten years after the founding of the B.S.A. so I figure the explanation is correct. 😉
Posted by KDP on 10/23/12 at 02:54 PM
I saw a rabbit skinned once and that was enough for me. (yes, it was dead)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/23/12 at 08:45 PM
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