An axe and a hatchet are indispensable (see Chapters VII and X). If much wood is to be cut, and there are poor axemen in the party, a crosscut saw is the tool for them. The long pattern for two men is much the easiest to cut w7ith, but mean to transport; a one-man cross-cut with 3-ft. blade and auxiliary handle for the left hand will do very well.

A hand saw is necessary if you are to make a dining table, tent floor, and so on. Make the cook swear on his cook-book that he will not use that saw on meat bones (provide him with a cheap kitchen saw).

A spade or miner's shovel will be needed for trenching, and for excavating the refuse pit, latrine, and perhaps a cold-storage hole and a camp oven.

For small tools, see Chapter VII.

Take an assortment of nails and tacks, a spool of annealed wire, a ball of strong twine, and a bundle of braided cotton sash cord (for clothes line, emergency guys to tent, etc.).

If you have a dog, string some heavy wire between two trees as a "trolley," and chain him to it at night, so he can move back and forth.

Here is a good wrinkle that I found in a sportsmen's magazine: If there are children in camp, " put a small cow-bell in the lunch basket or berry pail of the youngsters before you let them go into strange woods. It will reassure both them and you, and may be the means of preventing a tragedy. Trust them to shake it up if they get lost! "


If a powerful light is wanted in camp, a gas lantern of the type advertised in sportsmen's journals is a good thing, or an acetylene lantern that is made so that the flame can be regulated. Ordinarily a common kerosene lantern will serve very well.