The Junior Woodchucks
The Junior Woodchucks is a big, world-wide organisation. A woodchuck is a kind of rodent. The Junior Woodchucks appear for the first time in "Operation St. Bernhard" (WDC 125-02). The organisation was probably formed in Duckburg - Huey, Dewey and Louie are members of Troop A ("Traitor in the Ranks", JW 11-01/ H 92085 ), troop one ("The Golden Fleecing", US 12-02). In addition we know of troop G and K from Duckburg and battalion Z from Goosetown, and the sixth woodchuck army from Mudhen City ("The Black Forest Rescue", WDC 227-01). We also know of Junior Woodchucks in Arabia, Huey, Dewey and Louie receives help from troop 646, desert patrol in "McDuck of Arabia" (US 55-01).
|Huey as non-hightail and hightail
|The Junior Woodchucks headquarter?|
When Duckburg's coach falls ill in "Bubble Weight Champion" (WDC 282-01), Donald has to take his turn (he is a substitute coach). We get a glimpse of Junior Woodchuck hut no.106 in "Baloonatics" (WDC 242-01). The Junior Woodchucks have influential friends - senator Birdfrind is a junior Woodchuck ("Eagle Savers", JW 11-02/ H 99044) and the organization has influence in city hall ("Bottled Battlers", JW 10-02/H 94141).
Only parts of the organizational structure is known. Major is the lowest rank in the Junior Woodchucks, and colonel is the rank you have before you are promoted to brigadier general or firve star general ("Operation St. Bernhard", WDC 125-02). International twelve-star admiral and deputy custodian of the fountain of inexhaustible knowledge (I.T.S.A.A.D.C.O.T.F.O.I.K.) is a very high rank ("The Chickadee Challenge", WDC 181-01). In ("My Lucky Valentine", WDC 150-01) Huey, Dewey and Louie become exalted hightails the rank above ten-stars generals. Hightails are allowed to wear the tails of the caps on top! We know nothing of the rank above hightail, but we do see the Exalted Grand Marshal of Duckburg burrow number 13 in ("Ten-Star Generals", WDC 132-02). We also see other supervisors and troop leaders, such as C.O.O.L.H.E.A.D., have a look at A.B.B.R.E.V.I.A.T.I.O.N.S.. We also know of "Chevalier of the Honor Guard" ("Valentine Mailman", WDC 150-01).
The rules for a Junior Woodchuck are strict. You are expected to show up at all troop meetings and contests unless you are ill. Absence for other reasons are punished - you demoted to five-star general ("The Dog Sitter", WDC 238-01) and the penalty for skipping tests is having to peel twenty sacks of potatoes ("Under Polar Ice", WDC 232-01). If a recruit troop is unable to teach a recruit basic skills, it is punished ("Traitors in the Ranks", JW 11-01/ H 92085). Huey, Dewey and Louie loose two medals for "noisy misconduct",the troop they may loose four merit badges for walking in circles and so on. If a troop is unable to save a recruit, it is drummed out of the organization. Honesty is also appreciated, Junior Woodchuck never lie ("Secret of Atlantis", US 5-02).
The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook is famous, but it is not the only equipment the Junior Woodchucks use. We know of the Junior Woodchucks' telescope ("Tralla la", US 6-02), the Junior Woodchucks calendar, which looks like a watch ("Cave of Ali Baba", US 37-02), the alarm bell ("Bad Day for Troop 'A'", JW 8-03/H 92002), and the Junior Woodchucks' explorer helicopter in "The Swamp of No Return" (US 57-02).
Other scout organizations in DuckburgThe Junior Woodchucks is not the only scout organization in Duckburg, we also know ofthe Chickadees ("The Chickadee Challenge", WDC 181-01; "The Merry Ferry", WDC 260-01; "Maple Sugar Time" (JW 10-01/ H 94001) and "Eagle Savers" JW 11-02/ H 99044). This is an organisation for girls. In "Woodchucks vs. Boneheads" (WDC 132-02) we learn that Donald was a member of the Booneheads. This does not mean that he actually learned anything from that organisation.
What Do The Woodchucks Do When The Woodchucks Do Woodchucking?The Junior Woodchucks have many activities. The activities may be as different as decorating windows ("The Christmas Cha-Cha", DG 26-01) and rescue in a blizzard ("Operation St. Bernhard", WDC 125-02). Sometimes the troops invite famous persons to give a lecture, like when Scrooge tells about his life in Yukon in "The Loony Lunar Gold Rush" (US 49-01). At other times the junior woodchucks themselves tell about exiting experiences. Huey, Dewey and Louie have to tell about an adventure in "Crown of the Mayas " (US 44-01). But sometimes the meetings are about more mundane activities, like dealing with bad economy in "Gold of the '49ers", JW 13-02/ H 92107). Christmas dinner ("X-mas Dinner Swindle" (WDC 148-01) is a bit more interesting.
The Junior Woodchucks spend much of their time in practising rescue operations. The section about rescue is large , and the troops spend much time on learning how to rescue people in need. Rescue is an important part of the tests leading up to promotion in the organization. We see Huey, Dewey and Louie training Bolivar (Boneworthy in this story) as a mountain rescue dog "Operation St. Bernhard" (WDC 125-012), and the boys need to pass life saving tests to become ten-star generals ("Woodchucks vs Boonheads", WDC 132-02).
Even the Junior Woodchucks hound learn rescue. Donald is jealous when the hound saves all the pretty women in "The Beach Boy" (WDC 276-02). Read more about this conflict at my Junior Woodchucks hound page. The Junior Woodchucks have to rescue Donald quite often, like when the pull him out of quicksand and remove a turtle which has attached itself to Donald bill in "The Chickadee Challenge" (WDC 181-01). When Donald tries to save his nephews in "The Watchful Parent" (WDC 228-01), they have to revive him. They say "lucky we studied water rescues at Junior Woodchucks annual camp!" The Junior Woodchucks also has to lend a helping hand when Donald falls through the ice in "Duck out of Luck" (WDC 294-01). This is probably the tip of the iceberg. Many a rescue is probably not reported in the Duckburg chronicles.
The frequent rescues are probably the reasoon for Donald's willingness to og missing in "The Hollow Tree" (WDC 227-01). In this story we are told that the Junior Woodchucks do not need modern equipment to communicate during rescues. They may use drums or smoke writing. The only problem with these ways of communicating is that they may hurt the person they are trying to save. All these exercises is really just a game - children are noe allowed to take part in rescues (officially). That is why they have to pretend just being in the area when a plane crashes in "Bad Day for Troop 'A'" (JW 8-03/ H 92002). When they reach the crashsite the rescue is performed as a contest between the two troops.
But the Junior Woodchucks do not only save humans, they are concerned with environmental issues. In "Hark the Ark" (JW 23-01) they save all animals from Mistyvale forest, no difference it be an elephant or woodticks. The Woodchucks' concern for the environment is an important issue in the Junior Woodchucks stories Barks wrote in retirement. In "Let Sleeping Bones Lie" (JW 8-01 / D/D 2003-003) the Junior Woodchucks are taught botany and palaeontology , and they are cleaning up the roadsides in "Bottled Battlers" "
|Sometimes the Junior Woodchucks have to destroy factories in
order to save the environment|
|Junior Woodchuck saving mice from a certain
When possible the Woodchucks help out others fighting pollution and destruction of the environment. In "The Phantom Joker" (JW 22-01/ H 98254) they raise money to buy a new cable car to Donald. The one he is using to monitor pollution is almost broken. In fact, it breaks down when Donald tries to stop their fundraising to get the money himself.
When the Junior Woodchucks do not save nature, they use it for camping. Usually they bring their own tents, but now and then they have to make their own tents from grass. We see an example of their skills when they make a tent that survives the the Commanche mountain mover which ruins their school in "Storm Dancers" (JW 12-02/ H 92012). The Junior Woodchucks experience nature in their local community and elsewhere. They are watching birds in "The Stubborn Stork" (OS 1047-03), and are taught bee-keeping in "Bee Bumbles" (WDC 158-01). That does not end well. Donald tries to remove the bees by carrying the hive through town. That kind of action is not what the Junior Woodchucks need to raise money for their organization.
Fundraising occupies much of the Junior Woodchucks' time. Sometimes they raise money for others, like the poor in Duckburg ("A Christmas for Shacktown", OS 367-02) and an eagle refuge ("Eagle Savers", (JW 11-02/ H 99044). They even have their own charity fund raised by pancake breakfasts and selling maple sugar ("Maple Sugar Time" JW 10-01/ H 94001). In this story we also learn that Junior Woodchucks would not give marshmallows to a starving child.
Still, much time i devoted to raising funds for the organization. They even try to find gold bricks with treasure finders in "Gold of the Forty-Niners" (JW 13-02/ H 92107) because the treasury is almost empty. They have tried collecting bottles og selling cookies. Medals are probably a major expense for the organiztion. In "Teahouse of the Waggin' Dragon" (JW 19-01/D 2005-141) the Junior Woodchucks sell cookies for their medal fund. In this story Scrooge unintentionally saves the Woodchucks (he tries to cheat them). We also learn of the Junior Woodchucks turkey raffle ("Gladstone's Usual Very Good Year", WDC 136-02).
Scrooge is not famous for handing out money, but paying the Junior Woodchucks for a commercial is a different matter ("Looter of the Lake" JW 9-01). It looks like it is important to both Scrooge and the Junior Woodchucks to have a good relationship. Scrooge even tells about the danger of gold fever in "The Loony Lunar Gold Rush" (US 49-01), and he finances "Duckburg Science Hall for the Junior Woodchucks of the World" in "Dread Valley Sandy" (WDC 221-01), probably to gain access to the Junior Woodchucks guidebook. The Junior Woodchucks in return helps Scrooge being elected city treasurer in "A Campaign of Note" (US 8-03), and when Scrooge has to spend a lot of money to avoid expanding his money bin in "Spending Money" (WDC 144-01) they help out Donald. It does not work, though. And in "A Christmas for Shacktown " (OS 367-02) the Junior Woodchucks help Scrooge saving his money.
Tests and competitions
|WDC 125-02||Operation St. Bernhard||Training a dog to save lost travelers (part of the training in life-saving)|
|WDC 132-02||Woodchucks vs. Booneheads||Badge in archery|
Badge in Indian crafts (building canoes,
Badge in lifesaving
|WDC 150-01||Valentine Mailman||Life saving and drowning resusciation test|
|WDC 181-01||The Chickadee Challenge||Building bridges|
|WDC 232-01||Under Polar Ice||Junior Woodchucks magnetic navigation tests|
|WDC 253-01||Hound Hounder||Sending secret messages by Junior Woodchucks hound-competition|
|WDC 261||Medaling around||The Junior Woodchuck supreme medal of overwhelming tracking merit|
|WDC 276-02||The Beach Boy||The hound has to guard blakets util sundown|
|WDC 282-01||Bubble Weight Champ||Anvil-smashing contest
Boxing by coaches
|US 61-02||So Far and No Safari||The Junior Woodchucks animal-taming tests (Huey, Dewey and Louie also practice bird and animal calls in "The Mines of King Solomon (US 19-02)|
|Bad Day for Troop "A"||Knots|
|JW 9-01||Looter of the Lake||Winter skating tournament|
|Traitor in the Ranks||How much can a novice learn in one day|
|Sometimes helping animals pays
The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook
The Junior Woodchucks find much information in their guidebook. No one else are allowed to read it, but Scrooge is permitted to have a look in it in "Secret of Atlantis" (US 5-02). This is the first time we see the famous book. From time to time the Woodchucks have difficulties finding the information they seek because it is badly organized. In "So far and no safari" (US 61-02) Scrooge offers to pay for an index because Huey, Dewey and Louie need to look at several chapters of the book while looking for important information in dangerous situations. They spend so much time searching before they find out how to make a crocodile open its mouth that Scrooge is nearly eaten (they find the information in the A's under 'ah'). If the Guidebook does not contain information about a subject, you are probably dealing with an unknown phenomenon. That is, at least, what Huey, Dewey and Louie says in "Let Sleeping Bones Lie" (JW 8-01 / D/D 2003-003).
Life saving :
Geography and history:
The Junior Woodchuck hound
In "Black Forest Rescue" (WDC 227-01) we are told that the Junior Woodchucks do not use bloodhounds to track lot people - they track by skill alone! But sometimes their skills are not enough, and they have to use the Junior Woodchuk bloodhound.
Huey, Dewey and Louie borrow the Junior Woodchuck hound to find Donald in In "Spring Cleaning" (WDC 213-01) too. In this story we learn that the hound's name is Snozzie. It has never lost in a competition because it can track persons anywhere. The hound even has a nose filter to help it tracking uncles trying to escape spring cleaning
Donald's relationship to the hound is shaped by his behaviour in "Medaling Around" (WDC 261-01). In this story the Junior Woodchucks hound is dishonoured to the rank S.L.O.B. (Simple, Lowdown, Ordinary Boobhound) after having misjudjed Donald's false lion trail. But soon it saves Donald from an escaped lion and is S.S.S.S. AND S.O.S.S. (Supremely Sagacious Spoor Sniffer and Saver Of Stranded Souls)
This is not Donald's only confrontation with Snozzie, probably because of Donald's dislike of a animal that is smarter that himself. This is easy to see in "Hound Hounder" (WDC 253-01). In this story Snozzie does not wear a license because it must not be caught by spies while bringing a message from one troop to another troop. The Junior Woodchucks confidently claims the hound is smarter than Gyro. The problems all start when the dogcatcher (Donald) sees the missing license. He tries a fake meaty bone, essence of Burgerbalm, and false cats with no succeess. In the end he has to abandon fair play and puts up so many conflicting signs that the hound does not know where to go. And so the messenger is caught and Huey, Dewey and Louie's troop is on the verge of being given the title J.O.I.K.S. (Just Ordinary Insignificant Kid Simpletons), but Snoozie breaks out of the pen and reaches its destination before the hound of the other troop's hound is attracted by the (false) the wooing call of the Cameroonian cuddle hound - a behaviour not worthy a Junior Woodchucks hound. Snozzie is iven the G.C.O.T.O.O.M. (Grand Commanders Of The Order Of Mercury) even though the troop has to pay licensees for thirty dogs unless they are able to catch the dogs set free by their hound.
Later Donald is provoked when Snozzie is awarded K.I.N.G. (Knightly, Intrepid, Natatorial Guardian) for saving all the pretty girls and leaving the ugly ones for Donald to rescue in "Beach Boy" (WDC 276-02). To revenge the debasement Donald prepares extremely fragrant food and both the K.I.N.G. and the grand overseer of all woodchuckism is tempted to behave dishonourably. When this fails Donald pretends to be drowning to make Snozzie fail a test. But the hound does not leave its post until Donald gets in real danger, which leads to its expulsion from the organization. Being kicked out of the Junior Woodchuks is to much for the dog, and it forces Donald to make a delicious dish - which is what was needed for being reinstated and being given the title G.P.O.O.T.K.H. (Great Peerless Overseer Of The Kitchen Help).
The honourable being does not carry a grudge for this. It does, at least, help Donald winning a skating/fishing competition by releasing quite a few cats from Mee-yow Cat Farm in "Duck out of Luck"(WDC 294-01). The cats eat Gladstone's fish, and Donald wins because the tiny fish he finds in his pocket is the only "surviving" fish. The junior Woodchucks hound goes skating in this story, btw.
Maybe helping Donald is what causes Snoozie's cowardice in "Hound of the Moaning Hills" (JW 12-01/ D/D 2002-015). In this story the hound faints after seeing the footprints of a giant dog. Only when the Junior Woodchucks are in peril does the hound correct this shameful behaviour. The following fight results in "The Golden Bone of Meritoriousness."
Nevertheless, this is the time we see Snozzie. But, we see two other dogs used by the Junior Woodchucks. Donald's dog Bolivar (Boneworthy in this story) is trained as a recue dog in "Operation St.Bernhard" (WDC 125-02) - the perfect task for a St.Bernhard dog as long as it does not prefer the warmth of the hearth to rescuing people in a blizzard. Bolivar is never used as a Junior Woodchucks hound again, even though he is given a medal for saving five lives.
Pluto features in two stories (replacing the Snozzie at the request of an Western editor). In "Let Sleeping Bones Lie" (JW 8-01 / D/D 2003-003) the Junior Woodchucks find the remnants of a colossal prehistoric animal. Pluto saves the bones of Colossosaurus Duckburgus Woodchucki from Scrooge. First by blowing up Scrooge's machinery and later by putting Pie-eyedus Wierdus Nightmarus in the soup Scrooge is making in the snack bar he starts inside the skeleton. Later, in "The Day the Mountain Shook" (JW 13-01 / H 92051) Pluto discovers NAPOLEON'S FORMULA FOR BAKING EMERGENCY CANNON TIRES in the Junior Woodchucks guidebook. This enables the degraded Huey, Dewey and Louie to put Scrooge's giant whirling mountain grinder out of order so that they are reinstated as generals (being a beanhead is no fun).
*Abbreviations with Back-Breaking Results for Every Visiting Investigator of All The Irritating Organisational Nonsensical Sentences
The Junior Woodchucks are frequent users of abbreviations. Below is an index of
the abbreviations Barks used in his stories.
|WDC 125-02||St.Bernard rescue||O.R.ST.B||Operation rescue Saint Bernhard|
|WDC 158-01||Bee Bumbles||F.F.E.J.W.W.||Future Farm Experts of the Junior Woodchucks of the World|
|WDC 181-01||The Chickadee Challenge||G.U.C.O.T.R.O.I.S.||Great, unopposable commandant of the realm of inextinguishible sagacity|
|I.T.S.A.A.D.C.O.T.F.O.I.K.||International Twelve-Star Admiral And Deputy Custodian Of The Fountain Of Inexhaustible Knowledge|
|WDC 221-01||Tracking Sandy||O.O.O.T.Q.F.U.E.||Omnipotent Overseer Of The Quest For Unsurpassable Excellence|
|WDC 253-01||Hound Hounder||J.O.I.K.S.||Just Ordinary Insignificant Kid Simpletons|
|G.C.O.T.O.O.M.||Grand Commanders Of The Order Of Mercury|
|WDC 261-01||Medaling Around||S.L.O.B.||Simple, Lowdown, Ordinary Boobhound|
|S.S.S.S and S.O.S.S.||Supremely Sagacious Spoor Sniffer and Saver Of Stranded Souls|
|WDC 276-02||Beach Boy||K.I.N.G.||Knightly, Intrepid, Natatorial Guardian|
|B.T.H.H.M.||Bucket To Hold His Medals|
|G.P.O.O.T.K.H.||Great Peerless Overseer Of The Kitchen Help|
|US 49-01||The Loony Lunar Gold Rush||O.G.U.F.O.O.L.||Omnipotent Giver of Unimpeachably Full-bodied Observations on Omniscient Logic|
|M.A.S.L.L.B.P.C.M.||Mighty Admirable Sachem of the Long Limosusine and Benevolent Payer of the Clubhouse Mortage|
|JW 6-01/D 2006-260||Peril of The Black Forrest||B.O.W. W.O.W.||Be-strewer Of Well-padded Wisdom, Omniscience, and Whatever|
|JW 6-03/D 2006-238||Life Savers||H.I.S.S.||Hardheaded Intuitive Sagacity Spreader|
|P.O.A.H.M.||Possessor Of All His Marbles|
|JW 7-01/D 2005-013||Whale of Good Deed||T.O.P. B.R.A.S.S.||Thunderbolt of Omniscient Perspicacity and Boss Ramrod of Abounding Succor Spreaders|
|JW 8-01/D/D 2003-003||Let Sleeping Bones Lie||J.A.W.B.O.N.E.||Judicious Abstruse Wise Bestower Of Neolithic Edification|
|Bad day for troop "A"||R.I.N.G.T.A.I.L.E.D. S.N.O.R.T.E.R.||Radiant, Illustrious, Notable, Glittering, Topflight Analytical Instructor in Logistical Engineering Dynamics and Sharpeyed, Nitpicking, Overseer, Recorder, Tabulator, and Excuse Rejecter|
|Looter of the Lake||C.O.O.L.H.E.A.D.||Calmer of Outbreaks, Outcries, Lamentations, Hassles, Expostulations, Annimosity, and Disquietude|
|Maple Sugar Time||S.A.P.P.Y.P.A.P.P.Y.||Stern Advocator of Peanut-Picking Yardmasterism and Peerless Abecedarian Producer of Praiseworthy Youth|
|JW 10-02||Bottled Battlers||D.E.M.I.J.O.H.N.||Dynamic Earthshaking Molder of Immaculate Junk Obliterators Here and Now|
|Traitor in the Ranks||B.R.A.S.S. G.A.S.S.E.R.||Brain Rattling Assigner of Stupendous Sweatouts and Giver of Awesome Scathing Scoldings and Expurgatory Roustings|
|Eagle Savers||T.A.I.L.C.R.A.N.K.E.R.||Tempestuous Assailer of Indolent Lackadaisicalness and Case-hardened Requirer of Absolute Nose-dipping, Kowtowing, Ear-cocking Rwgimentationalism|
|W JW 12-01
|Hound of the Moaning Hills||I.R.O.N.H.E.A.R.T||Intrepid Router of Overblown Nocturnal Hobgoblins, and Exposer of Addlepated Rumormongering Taletellers|
|Storm Dancers||J.O.Y. K.I.L.L.E.R.||Jaw-breaking Order Yeller and Know-it-all Intoner of Leather-lunged Lecturing, Excoriating and Rank-rattling|
|The Day the Mountain Shook||B.E.L.L.E.R.I.N.G. B.U.L.L.N.E.C.K.||Bellicose Expecter of Limitless Lionization, Esteem, Reverence, and Indefatigable Never-dying Gung-ho, as well as Bedeviller of Unskillful, Lunkheaded Lallygaggers, and Nemesis of Extemporizing Campground Know-nothings|
|Duckmade Disaster||G.U.F.F. S.P.O.U.T.E.R.||Gentle, Unflappable, Friendly Fellow and Serene, Peacful, Ordely, Tranquil Example of Reasonableness|
|Waiting Whalers||T.U.B.B.A. B.L.U.B.B.E.R.||Towering, Unperturbable Bellwether of Brobdingnagian Adventures, and Belchfiring Larruper of Unsavory Beachrats, Buccaneers, and Ecology Ravagers|
|Where there's Smoke||H.O.T. S.H.O.T.T.E.R.||Hawkeyed Ogler of Twigs, Sprigs, Herbs, Oaks, Truffles, Thickets, Eelgrass and Ragweeds|
|Be Leery of Lake Eerie||S.O.A.P. F.R.E.A.K.||Stern Overseer of Aquatic Peccadillos and Fastidious Rectifier of Ecological Abuses and Knaveries|
|W JW 19-01/|
|Teahouse of the Waggin' Dragon||W.A.F.E.R. W.A.V.E.R.||Whip-Cracking Achiever of Frightfully Efficient Regimentation and Wrathful Armtwisting Vocalizer of Expostulatory Rake-downs|
|New Zoo brews Ado||M.O.N.K.E.Y.S.U.N.C.L.E.||Multifabulous Overseer of Noteworthy Knot-tying Eagle-spying, Yodel-crying, and Sockdrying, as well as Understander of Nature and Converser with Lions and Elks|
|Music Hath Charm||S.L.A.C.K.E.R. W.H.A.C.K.E.R.||Stentorian, Law-spouting, Adjucating Cracker of Knobs and Expounder of Rules as well as Watchdog, Herdmaster, Admiral, Commodore, King, Emperor, and Rip-roarer|
|Highwire heroes||S.M.O.G. D.O.G.||Snifferocious Measurer, Observer, and Gatherer of Deleterious Oxygen Gunkups|
|Hark, Hark the Ark!||T.R.O.O.P.E.R.P.O.O.P.E.R.||Tempestuous Requester of Overblown Obedience, Perfection, Enthusiasm and Reliability, as well as Propounder of Outrageously Ostentatious Programs, Enterprises and Razzledazzles|
|Superskipperne||T.O.R.S.K.E.S.K.O.L.T.||Torskenes, Ormenes, Rottenes, Soppenenes, Krabbenes og Edderkoppenes Suverene, Klartenkte,Opphøyde, Lysende Talsmann|
One last abbreviation used by Donald after the Junior Woodchuck hound has turned loose a great number of dogs in "Hound Hounder" (WDC 253):