Published semi-monthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
NEW YORK, N. Y., AUGUST 1, 1913
URGE YOUR SCOUTS
TO TRY FOR PRIZES.
"Boys' Life" to be Further Im-
proved on Information
UNDER the new editorial policy,
an effort is being made to bring
Boys' Life, the Boy Scout
magazine still nearer to the hearts of
the boys. An $18.00 prize offer was
made in the August number of the
magazine for the purpose of securing
from the boys their own opinions of
what their magazine ought to be.
The editorial board would appre-
ciate it most sincerely if Scout Mas-
ters would request their boys to strive
for this prize money. Get them to work
on a little story telling just what they
think of Boys' Life and what new
things they would like to see in it.
It will be good training for the boys
—and may bring them a cash prize.
The following is reprinted from
"Roys know what they like.
"We want to know what all of you want.
If you will think hard about this matter for
just a few minutes, you will be able to
determine what your likes are, and your dis-
likes. Have you thought, as you have read
BOYS' LIFE month after month, what its
good points are?—and its bad points?
"So tell us what new things you would
like to have each month. Just imagine
that you are the editor of BOYS' LIFE
magazine! You see at once that you have
the great advantage of knowing exactly what
you—as a boy reader—want most, so it ought
to be easy for you to pick out those things,
and also to speak against those things that
don't interest you. In other words, you, as
a boy reader, have a point of view. We
want to get it."
The editorial board would like to
have Scout Masters write what they
think of the Boy Scout magazine.
You can help improve it—help to
strengthen its appeal to boys and so
increase its influence in the cause in
whose interests it is published.
HOW ABOUT IT?
Does being a boy Scout make a boy
any more willing to do the chores at
home?—From the Portland, Me., Ex-
press and Advertiser.
Every Scout official is urged to
interest the news editor of the local
newspaper in the publication of
one or more of the items in this
issue of Scouting.
PRIZES FOR BOYS
For the most practical
letters on the subject:
What I like about BOYS'
LIFE, and what else I
should like to see in it.
First prize $10.00
Second prize $ 5.00
Third prize $ 1.00
Fourth prize $ 1.00
Fifth prize $ 100
Open to all boys, whether subscribers
Write plainly, on only one side of
the paper. Write not more than 500 words.
Put your name, age and address at top
of first page of letter.
All letters must be in the office of
BOYS' LIFE before October 1, next.
ALL SAY DON'T
DROP THE BOY.
BOY CENSUS TAKEN
IN ONE OHIO CITY.
Every Boy of Scout Age Tabulated
With View of Enrolling
Him as a Scout.
ONE of the most consistent and
far-reaching efforts in the inter-
est of the Boy Scout movement
which has yet come under our notice
is that of the Council of Portsmouth,
Ohio. It has ascertained by means
of a census that there are 1653 boys
of Scout age in the city. A Boy
Scout Committee has been appointed
for each precinct in the city, each
cimmittee to meet for the purpose of
gathering information about every
boy in its precinct. After going over
the list carefully, the following facts
concerning each boy are to be
amassed by the Scouts themselves.
(5) What school does he attend?
(6) Sunday School? Where?
(7) Interested in Boy Scout Work?
(8) If working, what occupation?
(9) How many hours?
(10) Home environment.
Through these committees it is pro-
posed to get every boy in the city in-
terested in the Boy Scout movement,
and thereby prevent delinquency, es-
pecially in the slum sections.
"When the latter type of boy real-
izes that there is someone interested
in him, he begins to be a different
boy right away," writes M. H. F.
Kinsey, Scout Commissioner.
Scout Masters Discuss the
Question Asked in Last
UQHOULD the Scout whose in-
^ terest is only half hearted be
The vote is unanimous.
Many communications have been re-
ceived at National Headquarters in
answer to this question asked in the
last number of "Scouting." All hail
the Boy Scout Movement itself as the
best means for bringing the half-heart-
ed boy into a realization of his own in-
From a West Virginia
To the Editor of "Scouting."
I am sure that the Scout system is
scientifically adopted and graduated to
meet the needs of the normal adoles-
cent in every stage of his progress
through the critical middle-teen years,
to manhood. That the system does
fully satisfy the demands—physical,
mental and social—of the normal boy
is now beyond any possibility of doubt.
The boy who can find nothing in all
the varied activities of Scouting to
awaken and hold his enthusiastic inter-
est is either subnormal or abnormal,
or his leadership is incompetent or
The boy's variation from the normal
may be subject to corrective measures.
It may be the result of a physical con-
dition which a simple operation or a
plain and candid talk by a physician or
an informed Scout Master would
remedy. Or it may be the result of
the lack of intelligent and sympathetic
handling in the home; or the result of
a suppressed or repressed personality,
which means simply that the boy has
had no "drawing out," no opportunity
to be a normal boy—the usual "sissy"
or "mother's apron strings" type; or
the result of opposition to the Scout
movement in the home, growing out of
some misconception of the purposes
and aims of the movement; or the re-
sult of any one of a thousand matters
of environment which have barred the
boy from real boyhood.
Tn any one of which events, he offers
the wise and skilled Scout Master a
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Boy Scouts of America. Scouting, Volume 1, Number 8, August 1, 1913. New York, New York. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth282637/. Accessed April 23, 2014.