The Adventurous Boy's Handbook

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Stephen Brennan, Finn Brennan
Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 196 pages
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Father and son duo Stephen and Finn Brennan know what is truly fun for boys of all ages, and The Adventurous Boy’s Handbook is filled with ideas, explanations, and instructions for games, sports, and activities any boy would love. From star-gazing, baseball, and camping to using Morse code, learning basic survival skills, and paddling a canoe, this handbook is invaluable for any boy! Step-by-step instructions are provided for all types of activities, including:

     * Pitching a tent
     * Building an ice-yacht
     * Shooting a bow and arrow
     * Fending off a hungry shark
     * Identifying constellations while on a camping trip
     * Learning sign language
     * Saving someone from drowning
     * And more!

The Adventurous Boy’s Handbook offers countless hours of entertainment for boys interested in orienteering, cowboying, sailing, and many more fun outdoor activities.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
CAMPING
FIRE BUILDING
HOW TO MAKE FIRE WITHOUT MATCHES
HOW TO TIE KNOTS
THE OVERHAND KNOT
THE FIGUREOFEIGHT KNOT
THE HALTER SLIP OR RUNNING KNOT
WINTER ACTIVITIES
WALKING WITH SKIS ON THE LEVEL
UPHILL
GLIDING DOWN
BUILDING AN ICE YACHT
FIELD SCIENCE
AMERICAN BIRDS
UNDERSTANDING THE WEATHER

THE CLOVE HITCH
THE FISHERMANS BEND
THE BECKET HITCH
BLACKWALL HITCH
HUNTING AND FISHING
THE RIFLE
ANIMAL TRACKS AND TRAILING
THERE ARE STILL MANY WILD ANIMALS
WHEN TO LEARN TRACKING
HOW TO LEARN
A FIRST TRY
THE CROSS BOW
THE LONG BOW AND ITS USE
GENERAL HINTS FOR ARCHERS
ARCHERY AT A GLANCE
FISHING
FISHING GEAR
HOW TO OBSERVE FISH IN A BROOK
USING YOUR BARE HAND
HIKING
STUFF TO TAKE
MAP READING
LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
CONTOUR LINES
MEASURING DISTANCES
BASICS OF CLIMBING
CAUTION
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
WATER SPORTS
STRIKING OFF AND SWIMMING
HOW TO MANAGE THE LEGS
THE DOG PADDLE
SWIMMING ON THE SIDE
TREADING WATER
THRUSTING
THE MILL
SWIMMING WITH ONE HAND
READY TO RESCUE
METHODS WHICH ENABLE THE RESCUERS USE OF ONE ARM IN ADDITION TO THE FEET
WRIST GRIP
NECK GRIP
RESCUE FROM SHORE OR BOAT
DIVING FOR LOST OBJECTS
HOW TO RIG AND SAIL THEM
CAUTIONS
ROW BOATS AND ROWING
COMMON ROWING ERRORS
PADDLING A CANOE
TUBING
TUBING VARIATIONS
SHARK ATTACK
OTHER DANGEROUS FISH AND MOLLUSKS
OLD TIME WEATHER WISDOM
NIGHT SKIES
THE POLE OR NORTH STAR
ORION
PLEIADES
THE MOON
HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY BY THE STARS
SNAKE BITES TO BEE STINGS
HOW DOES A SNAKE BITE?
HARMLESS SNAKES
FIRST AID FOR SNAKEBITE STINGS
MEASURING DISTANCE IN THE FIELD
ROCKS AND FOSSILS
FOSSIL HUNTERS KIT
STANDARD METRIC WEIGHTS MEASURES
SHORT METRIC TABLES
METRIC CONVERSION TABLE OF WEIGHTS
METRIC CONVERSION TABLE OF VOLUME
SURVIVAL
BASICS OF SURVIVAL
PLANT FOOD
COLD CLIMATE KIT
HOT CLIMATE KIT
FIELDEXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING
USING THE MOON
OTHER MEANS OF DETERMINING DIRECTION
CLUBS
OTHER EXPEDIENT WEAPONS
DEFENSIVE FIGHTING SKILLS
DEFENSE AGAINST HEADLOCK
DEFENSE AGAINST A REAR BEAR HUG
CLASSIC BASEBALL
MORE THINGS THE ADVENTUROUS BOY SHOULD KNOW
STONE SIGNS
SMOKE SIGNALS
SPECIAL SIGNS
UNIVERSAL SIGN ALPHABET
SEMAPHORE
MORSE CODE
HIEROGLYPHS
SIMPLE MAGIC
PALMING A COIN
TO BRING TWO SEPARATE COINS INTO ONE HAND
THE MAGIC HANDKERCHIEF
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS
ON COWBOYING
TYPES OF RANGE STOCK
RANCH WORK
THE BILL OF RIGHTS
SAGAS EVERY BOY SHOULD READ
APPENDIX
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Stephen Brennan is the coauthor of The Adventurous Boy's Handbook and The Adventurous Girl's Handbook, and editor of The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told and The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told. He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright.

Finn Brennan is in grade school, and his interests are fishing, rocks, and bugs.

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