Scouting, Volume 1, Number 4, June 1, 1913

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Published semi-monthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
Vol. I
NEW YORK, N. Y., JUNE 1,1913
No. 4
Will Carry Message From President
Wilson to Mayor Harrison.
ONE of the most pretentious Scout
feats ever attempted in this coun-
try will be the carrying of a
message from President Woodrow
Wilson in Washington to Mayor Carter
Harrison in Chicago to mark the open-
ing of a Pre-Olympic Carnival in that
city on June 28. The message will
be carried all the way in relays by
Arrangements for the race are being
made by Mr. D. W. Pollard, City Field
Secretary for Chicago. The plan
provides that Boy Scouts in Washing-
ton shall receive from the hand of
President Wilson a message and shall
carry it for several miles until they
meet a troop of Boy Scouts from a
nearby town. That troop immediately
will take the message and carry it sev-
eral miles further on, being relieved by
still another troop.
The names of the Scout Executives
in the different towns and cities along
the proposed route have been sent to
Mr. Pollard who in turn has communi-
cated with those men. Just how many
days will be required to convey it is
uncertain, but there is no doubt that the
quickly forwarded message will be in
the hands of Mayor Harrison on
June 28.
By Arthur L. Rice,
Scout Commissioner, Wilmette, III.
In the merit badge work we have
adopted the plan of having one council
member responsible for the examination
in each subject, and when a Scout ap-
plies for examination, this man picks
two other members who are familiar
with the subject for the test.
We have also found that having a
considerable number of fathers of the
Scouts on our council, brings them in
touch with the work and gives us a
more willing and active council mem-
bership than when we had only those
representing public organizations.
We are trying the plan of having a
combination "hike" occasionally, _ m
which the fathers' U1L iimU;d"TU' join.
The boys seem very much pleased with
this arrangement, and I believe that a
certain number of the fathers will find
it attractive. Some, of course, find it
impossible to go along, and others are a
little too far away from the hiking spirit
to really enjoy it. But it seems to be
working out well.
Prize Winners Will Get Free Trip to Wash=
A. P. Sandles, Secretary of the Ohio
State Department of Agriculture, who
always is working in the interests of the
boys and girls, has planned two splen-
did opportunities for the Boy Scouts of
America. First he wants every Scout
Master in Ohio to send two Scouts to
the Ohio State Fair, those Scouts to be
selected for their general excellence in
Scout features and activities. He has
offered to provide tents and cots for the
boys, so that their only expenses will
be railroad fare and their board while
in camp. Secondly, he wants to select
a number of brilliant Scouts to go on
the Buckeye Boys' Special in December
to the national capital. There the Boy
Scouts will have a chance to shake
hands with President Woodrow Wilson,
who is the Honorary President of the
Boy Scouts of America. Before the Boy
Scouts -can win that free trip they must
by their excellence in Scout work prove
themselves to be among the leaders of
the Scouts in Ohio.
Ohio Scout Masters are urged to com-
municate with Mr. Sandles, and co-
operate with him to their fullest extent
in carrying out the two projects which
the Secretary of Agriculture has in
Charles H. Cole, fire commissioner of
'/ Boston, gives the following suggestions
in regard to ringing up fire alarms.
1. Learn the number and location of
the fire alarm box nearest your house.
2. Be sure that your father, mother,
and the rest of your family know where
the box is.
3. Visit the nearest fire station and
learn how to give an alarm.
4. In case of fire keep cool. Run to
a box at once and pull the alarm. Open-
ing the door rings the bell but does not
give the alarm. After the door is
opened pull down the hook that you will
find inside the box. This gives the
5. Stand at the box until the engines
arrive so that you may tell the firemen
where the fire is.
6. In case of a fire in your house,
where you have a telephone, call "Fire
Department—Emergency." Wait until
the fire alarm operator answers. He
will ask you the street and number of
your house. Don't leave the telephone
until you have answered all his
7. Never pull a false alarm.
University of Virginia Opens Summer
Course for Scout Masters.
SPECIAL courses for the instruction
of Scout Masters have been arranged
by Professor N. T. McManaway,
Director of the University of Virginia
Summer School. The course of in-
struction as outlined in the catalogue
aims to train men in every phase of
Scoutcraft and at the same time to in-
struct them in psychology and pedagogy
so that they will be fairly equipped to
teach boys.
Many Scout Masters throughout the
South already have announced their in-
tention of attending the summer school.
It is likely also that Scout Masters in
other sections of the country will go
there. That they will be greatly re-
warded is apparent from a glimpse at
the course, of instruction. National
Headquarters will provide one instruc-
tor to lecture on the Scout law, the
principles of the movement, organiza-
tion and leadership. Dr. Myron T.
Scudder will lecture on scoutcraft and
mastery and the principles of pedagogy
as applied to scoutcraft. Other courses
will be given as follows: Rev. Beverly
Tucker, courses in scoutcraft and sig-
naling; Dr. W. A. Kepner, scoutcraft,
woodcraft, campcraft, practical field
work and honor tests; Capt. James
King, scoutcraft, physical training, or-
ganization of teams, first aid, etc.; Dr.
W. A. Lambeth, hygiene, physiology,
woodcraft, sports, etc.; Messrs. W. H.
Magee and H. C. Houchins, scoutcraft
and manual training; and J. B. Ferney-
hough, scoutcraft, bird lore, and field
The school will open on July 7, con-
tinuing for two weeks. It will close
with a mountain trip to the top of the
Blue Ridge Mountain under the super-
vision of Dr. Kepner and Mr. Ferney-
hough. A special certificate will be
awarded to all Scout Masters who
complete the course.
The Boy Scouts of America in Green-
ville, Mich., under Chester Barlow,
Scout Master, have planted 10,000 black
walnut trees for nursery stock. These
trees will be distributed to Scout troops
throughout the country. All Scout
Masters wishing to receive a consign-
ment of these trees in April, 1914, are
requested to make application to Mr.
Barlow. There will be no charge for
them on condition that the trees are
planted free along public highways.


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