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!

One Hundred Years Ago

Long Term Diet Failure

Researchers finally did a rigorous, fairly long-term study of the effectiveness of a specific diet. While most diet studies stop after a few months to a year, in this instance scientists observed dieters’ progress over two full years. The study was a carefully done, multi-center randomized clinical trial, and scientists at six academic research centers around the country took part.

One of the tenets of the Health At Every Size movement in general, and The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination in particular, is that weight-loss diets are at best a temporary fix. Commercial diet programs mislead the public by failing to produce evidence of their long-term effectiveness, read these meticore reviews.

The study, reported in JAMA, compared two-year weight loss among 65 men and 358 women of various weights (but all considered “obese”), randomly assigned to either a Weight Watchers program (weekly meetings, a food plan, an activity plan, and behavior modification, all provided for free) or a self-help program (two twenty-minute counseling sessions with a nutritionist and provision of self-help resources). After the first year, the average weight loss was about 9.5 pounds on Weight Watchers, versus just under 3 pounds on self-help. But at the two year mark, the average participant had regained some of the weight lost, so the net loss was 6.4 pounds for Weight Watchers versus one-half of one pound for self-help.

Although the research team drew the conclusion that Weight Watchers was “more effective” than self-help, it doesn’t take a degree in statistics to realize that the diet program failed to produce a lasting significant weight loss. This is the first real clinical proof of what we have been saying all along: diets are not effective as a long-term strategy for weight loss, in part because people regain most or all of the weight they lose. If the scientists had followed their subjects for another three years, we are certain that the weight regain would have been even more dramatic, learn more about natural supplements like resurge.

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 (http://nesastore.org/Ernest-Thompson-Seton-Trail-of-an-Artist-Naturalist.html.), Amazon, and at https://etsetonbook.indentus.com

Global Bushcraft has posted a presentation on ETS from its Symposium in held in June 2019

Julie Seton gave a presentation on Ernest Thompson Seton’s activities in Canada at the Global Bushcraft Symposium. The presentation included stories about the weather, land, animals, and people in Manitoba as well as the development of his Woodcraft program. His first major publication, “Saffron Walden”, is a story published in the Essex Gazette appealing to Englishmen interested in emigrating to Manitoba, Canada.  Watch it on YouTube.

Please Donate to ETSI

Dear Friends,

We are seeking funds to support our Oral History Project and for building the base for our proposed scholarship program.

Over the past year, we have accomplished the following:

1. Received the IRS 501c3 designation, retroactive to July 2017.

2. Collected two new oral histories from two people influenced by Seton’s work. These histories need to be transcribed. Your donation will help!

3. Institute information disseminated internationally in Canada, Czech Republic, and Poland.

4. Collaboration with the Woodcraft Rangers, an offshoot of Seton’s original Woodcraft that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022.

5. Collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scouting Museum that houses the Seton Collection of books, art, and artifacts.

We are currently working on these tasks:

5. Upgrading the etsetoninstitute.org website.

6. Seeking to expand our board of directors. (If interested, please contact us at [email protected])

7. Brainstorming ideas for fundraising and increasing the Institute’s visibility across the US.