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Type of Media: Periodical.  
Name: Pine Cone:  Official Quarterly of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry.  
Issue: Volume 1. No. 4  
Date: April 1924.  
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Pages 11-14.

 
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Sixpence.

 
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The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry is a Scouting-like movement operating in the United Kingdom, which was founded in 1916 by Ernest Westlake.  Like Scouting, it was inspired by Ernest Seton's Seton Indians, and Seton was its honorary Grand Chieftain.  Whilst largely being contemporary to Baden-Powell's Scouting movement, it differed from it in that it did not have the perceived military overtones of Scouting, instead focusing on the virtues of kindness, fellowship, animal conservation and woodcraft.  The Order was small compared to Scouts, having only 1,200 members by 1926.

After Westlake's death in a motoring accident in 1922, the role of British Chief of the Order fell to Harry Byngham, who subsequently changed his name to Dion, short for Dionysus.  Unlike Westlake, Dion Byngham found no attraction in Christianity, and zealously promoted paganism, naturism and phallic worship as a veneration of the life force.  He started publishing an Order periodical called The Pinecone, which contained many provocative items, including a nude Dionysus on the cover of one issue, a photograph of a nude Byngham and his semi-nude girlfriend in Grecian dress, and a verse play by Victor Benjamin Neuburg, who also introduced Byngham to the ideas of the famous occultist Aleister Crowley.  All this brought Byngham into strife with many of the Christian members of the Order, which was primarily aimed at children and had, by its pacifist stance, particularly appealed to Quaker families as an alternative to Scouting.  In 1924 Byngham was replaced as editor and in 1925 he was suspended from the Council of Chiefs after posing nude with his girlfriend for press photographs to promote nudism.

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