The term woodcraft – or woodlore – denotes skills and experience in matters relating to living and thriving in the woods -such as hunting , fishing , and camping -whether one has short- or long-term basis. Traditionally, woodcraft pertains to subsistence lifestyles, with implications of hunting-gathering . In more recent times, and in developed countries , it is related to either outdoor recreationalism or survivalism .

Whether traditional or modern, woodcraft may be roughly equated to the phrase ” living off the land “.


A partial list of recreational technical woodcraft might include knowledge of wildlife behavior, Identifying and Utilizing wild plants and animals (especially for food), camp cooking , orienteering (Including hiking skills and use of a mapand compass ), fire making (Including procurement of firewood ), selecting and preparing a campsite , lashing and knot techniques, the use of tents and wilderness first aid .

Contexts and significance

The Scouting movement has adopted woodcraft techniques as a core skill set known as scoutcraft .

In the United States, technical woodcraft techniques are taught in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) training.

Traditional woodcraft has particular importance in American folklore , especially that relating to the early American frontier .

In the UK, the Woodcraft Folk are an organization founded on the principles of woodcraft.

See also

  • Woodcraft (youth movement)
  • Woodcraft Folk
  • Woodcraft Indians (The Woodcraft League of America)
  • Ernest Seton
  • Scoutcraft
  • Bushcraft
  • Batoning
  • List of outdoor and outdoor educators


  • Kephart, Horace (1906), Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and Travelers in the Wilderness ; New York, NY: The Outing Publishing Company .