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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

A canoe weighs about 40lbs. and looks an unhandy kind of hat to wear when making your way through tangled wood or over rocks and broken ground ; but it is wonderful how easily a man carries it who is accustomed to it.

A New Kind of Hat!

Then the other man or two in the party carries each a load or “pack” containing the food, tent, spare clothing, blankets, and cooking-pots. This load will weigh from 60lb. to 80lb.

It feels a lot if you try to lift it and carry it like a portmanteau, but it feels quite light if you carry it in the way that is usual in Canada, and that is on your back with a supporting band pressed round your forehead. This band is called a “hump line,” and I strongly recommend every Scout, when he has a big load to carry, to do it with a “hump line.”

Even your haversack can be carried in this way, if it is heavily loaded, much more easily than if you carried it slung from the shoulders only. Try it for practice.

Put the strap over your forehead, letting the bag rest on your back, and hold the strap with a hand, pulling downwards, one each side of your head, and you will be able to carry a big weight quite easily.

In every camp, as in every town, men are either workers or shirkers. You do not find many shirkers in a Canadian camp! The shirker could not stop there a day – the others would not have him; it is a kind of unwritten law. Every backwoodsman takes his share as the natural thing, and everyone, whether he is the master who pays for the expedition, or the man who is paid to act as guide – carries his pack just the same as the rest, and he does, lot try to pick out a light one for himself, or ask other people to carry his load for him. He just humps his own pack.

Hump Your Own Pack.

And that is what every fellow with any grit in him does in his journey through life; he takes his share in the work or difficulties, whether they are heavy or light, and does not try to leave it to others to do his work for him. He “humps his own pack,” and knows that he has earned his rest

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