The Outdoor Book for Adventurous Boys

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The Outdoor Book For Adventurous Boys
Cover of US edition
Author Adrian Besley
Cover artist Diana Nuhn
Country United States
Language English
Subject Hobbies, Family Activities, Survival Skills
Publisher The Lyons Press
Publication date
January 1, 2008
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 224
ISBN 978-1-59921-341-5
OCLC 166360615

The Outdoor Book For Adventurous Boys is a fun, retro mixture of useful outdoor skills, recreational activities, and "forbidden knowledge" that will be enjoyable for children while reminding adults of a simpler time.

The book has more than 70 entries on the great outdoors, survival techniques, games, and cunning inventions. It includes a mixture of useful outdoor skills, fun activities, and hidden knowledge. This book aims to be a guide for teaching kids about the world away from MySpace, text messaging, and reality television.


The book teaches how to:

  • Escape a bear attack
  • Make a rope swing
  • Build an igloo with your bare hands
  • Track wild animals
  • Start a fire without matches
  • Escape from quicksand

The Outdoor Book For Adventurous Boys features two-color "retro" illustrations to complement its fun and fact-filled approach. It is written to appeal to boys and girls, as well as parents and grandparents who want to pass on their love of the outdoors.


  • Introduction

The Great Outdoors

  1. What to Wear for an Outdoor Adventure
  2. How to Predict the Weather
  3. Star Spotting
  4. Riding Your Bike Off-Road
  5. Building a Treehouse
  6. How to Make a Rope Swing
  7. Making Camp
  8. Putting Up Your Tent
  9. Camp Furniture
  10. Building and Cooking on a Campfire
  11. Campfire Songs
  12. Stories Around the Camp Fire
  13. Exploring Tidepools
  14. How to Use a Snorkel and Flippers
  15. How to Paddle a Kayak
  16. How to Use Binoculars

Fun and Games

  1. Finding Fossils
  2. How to Skip Stones
  3. Rock Climbing
  4. How to Ski
  5. How to Skate
  6. Puddle Curling
  7. Snow and Ice Sculpture
  8. Sailing a Sailboat
  9. How to Surf
  10. Building a Mega-Sandcastle
  11. How to Play Dodgeball
  12. Capture the Flag
  13. Throwing and Catching a Boomerang
  14. Making a Kite
  15. Beach-Towel Volleyball

Wilderness Survival

  1. Assembling a Survival Kit
  2. Find Your Way with a Map and Compass
  3. Crossing a River
  4. How Thick is the Ice?
  5. Facing Up to a Charging Bull
  6. How to Avoid Being Struck by Lightning
  7. Hitches and Lashings-Some Useful Knots
  8. How to Make a Whistle
  1. Collecting and Purifying Water
  2. Making a Stretcher
  3. How to Make a Slingshot
  4. Make a Bow and Arrow
  5. Tracking
  6. Secret Signs and Messages
  7. Traps and Snares
  8. How to Catch a Rabbit in a Hole
  9. The Ojibwa Bird Pole
  10. How to Fish
  11. How to Catch Crabs by Handline
  12. How to Tickle a Trout
  13. How to Gut and Clean a Fish

Clever Inventions

  1. Make a Tin-Can Telephone
  2. Make a Water-Powered Rocket
  3. Build a Glider
  4. Build Your Own Go-Kart
  5. Make an Exploding Popsicle Stick Frisbee
  6. Make a Water Bomb
  7. Make a Popgun
  8. Make a Rubber-Band-Powered Boat
  9. Make a Hot-Air Balloon
  10. Make Your Own Windmill
  11. Make a Sled

Extreme Survival

  1. Light a Fire without Matches
  2. Make a Birch Bark Torch
  3. Pit Cooking
  4. Make a Spoon
  5. Make a Flint Knife
  6. Build a Bivouac
  7. Build an Igloo
  8. Construct a Log Raft
  9. Evasion and Camouflage
  10. Sea Survival
  11. Escape from Quicksand
  12. What to Do if You're Caught in an Avalanche
  13. Poisonous Snakes and How to Avoid Them
  14. Poisonous Insects and Spiders
  15. How to Wrestle a Crocodile
  16. Escaping a Bear Attack
  • Resources
  • Index

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