Answer to Q #5

Q #5: What was the name of the youth organization ETS established in 1902?

A: The Woodcraft Indians (also known as Seton Indians).  This was an EASY question!  The program for the first BSA handbook was based on this organization’s development.

Answer to Q #4

Q #4: Name the valley that was terrorized by wolves and became the backdrop for the story of Lobo.

Currumpaw or Corrumpa. According to New Mexico Place Names, A Geographical Dictionary (1965), the word is an Indian term meaning “wild or isolated”. Corrompa is another alternate spelling meaning “corrupt” in Latin.

A personal thought: I image that when Seton was giving a title to his most famous story, he capitalized on the “paw” in Currumpaw, emphasizing the association with animals, particularly canines –wolves and coyotes.

Answer to Q #3

Q #3: What was the name of Seton’s nature paradise in Connecticut?

Wyndygoul. ETS began buying up small farms in Cos Cob, CT in 1900 and transforming the land into a wilderness paradise where he and wife Grace hosted many outdoor events for the Woodcraft Indians, the Camp Fire Club, the Boy Scouts and other groups.  The Seton’s sold the property in 1913 to Maurice Wertheim and moved to Lake Avenue in Greenwich, CT.

Answer to Question #2

What was ETS’s father’s name?

Joseph Logan Thompson was ETS’s father’s name.  When Joseph was a young man, he wanted to become a railroad engineer because it was an exciting new field.  His father rejected the idea, saying that the railroad was just a passing fad and that horse and buggy would make a great comeback.  He insisted that Joseph follow him and his father in the family business as a ship broker.

The Institute is three years old this month!

Dear Friends,

Three years has flown by!  We are making excellent progress and there is much more work to do.

To review the past 12 months:

  • August 2019 we expanded our visibility internationally –to the Czech Republic and to Poland.
  • February 2020 we held a very successful Board retreat at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, NM, collaborated with the Woodcraft Rangers, and brought on a new board member.
  • March 2020 we brought on two more board members and began reshaping our website.
  • June 2020 our first intern started working.  She is a Public Relations major from the University of North Texas. She reviewed our social media presence, built a framework to continue improving our outreach, and created a podcast of one interview from our Oral History Project.

We are asking for donations to support our Oral History Project, digitization of Seton works, and for building the base for our proposed scholarship program.

We need your help!  PLEASE DONATE to our cause!

The National Eagle Scout Association online store now carrying Seton autobiography

It’s gift-giving time again!

It is a great pleasure to announce that Trail of an Artist-Naturalist, the autobiography of Ernest Thompson Seton is now available through the NESA store (, Amazon, and at