Ruth Clark

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Ruth Clark (Woodcraft name: Minobi, meaning Glad Heart)[1] (29 November 1899 – 2 October 1964) was the author of the first woodcraft book for girls[2] and an active original member of the Kibbo Kift.[3]

Clark authored and illustrated Camp Fire Training for Girls, the first woodcraft book for girls.[4][5] Published in 1919, it had a foreword by Lady Baden-Powell.[6]

Clark was a member of the Camp Fire Girls movement as a girl. She was the leader of The Merrie Campers group of woodcraft girls.[1] She was a co-founder of the Kibbo Kift and incorporated her girls into it, but was not involved in the Green Shirt Movement for Social Credit.[7]

Clark was born in Sunderland. She married John Hargrave on 28 November 1919.[8][9] They had one son, Ivan Gordon Hargrave (1920–1992). Clark and Hargrave "parted company"[4] in the early 1930s and were divorced in the 1950s.[10] She died in Scarborough in 1964.

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  1. ^ a b Matthew De Abaitua (7 July 2011). The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-0-14-196895-7.
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  3. ^ Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift. Museum of London. 2015. ISBN 978-1-78130-040-4.
  4. ^ a b "Who were the Kibbo Kift?". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  5. ^ Godfrey, Monica (2003). The World of Elsie Jeanette Oxenham and Her Books. Girls Gone By Publishers. p. 59. ISBN 1904417159.
  6. ^ Books to Read. Hesperides. p. 200. ISBN 1-4067-5565-6.
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  8. ^ The book "OM KA" written by John Hargrave on his marriage (Museum of London)
  9. ^ Who was who: A Companion to Who's Who, Containing the Biographies of Those who Died, Volume 8 A. & C. Black, 1981
  10. ^ "Descendants of James Clark". Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-12-29.

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