Scouting, Volume 1, Number 1, April 15, 1913 Page: 7
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SEA OR WATER SCOUTS.
(Continued from Page 2).
Department's attitude. A copy of the
Order is enclosed.
The General Order.
The copy of General Order issued by
the Secretary of the Navy follows:
February 27, 1913.
General Order No
1. A .request has been received
from the President of the Boy Scouts
of America for assistance by the Navy
Department in the development of a
branch of the Boy Scout movement,
especially for the purpose of, giving
practical experience in matters per-
taining to seamanship, in order to
form a sea scouting branch of the Boy
Scouts of America. The purpose of
the organization in developing Sea
Scouting is shown by a paragraph in
the report of the National Committee
dealing with the subject:
"It is obvious that the occupations
of seamanship and life on the water
present quite as favorable oppor-
tunities for learning and practicing
the Scout virtues as do the occupa-
tions of woodcraft and of the land
Scouts generally; and there are, be-
sides, a large number of boys to
whose imagination the call of the
sea appeals with even greater charm
than that of the woods."
2. The Department is in full ac-
cord with the purpose of this move-
ment and desires to assist. The
knowledge of seamanship, navigation,
pilotage, boats and seafaring and naval
life thus acquired, besides benefiting
the individual will spread a wholesome
understanding which will be generally
3. Commanders-in-chief, division
conimanders, commanding officers of
ships and commandants of navy yards
and stations are accordingly author-
ized to co-operate in every way as far
as circumstances permit, whenever an
application bearing the approval of
the National Headquarters of the Boy
Scouts of America is received from a
duly accredited representative of the
organization. Individual officers, also,
both active and retired, are requested
to lend their aid and encouragement
whenever opportunities offer.
(Signed) G. v. L. Meyer,
Secretary of the Navy.
The English office has just published
a special manual on Sea Scouting. The
foreword in that book by Robert
S. S. Baden Powell, Chief Scout of
the British Boy Scouts, is especially
good as explaining the purpose of sea
scouting. It is as follows:
Backwoodsmanship is one way by
which a Boy Scout makes himself effi-
cient, and Sea Scouting is the other.
If a boy takes up Scouting it does not
mean that he must necessarily, therefore,
go and be a sailor afterwards. But the
training gives him something of the
health and happiness, and some of the
resourcefulness, pluck, and discipline of
the "handy-man," which are equally
useful to him as a foundation whether
he is going to be a tinker or a tailor, or
a soldier or a sailor, or any other kind
of citizen of his country.
"So to all Sea Scouts I wish 'Good
NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING.
Matters of Importance Discussed by Scout Leaders.
THE third annual meeting of the Na-
tional Council of the Boy Scouts of
America was held at the Aldine
Club, New York on February 11. The
meeting was called to order by Mr.
Colin H. Livingstone, President of the
National Council, who reviewed briefly
the growth of the Movement, the ad-
justment of the difficulties with labor
organizations, the need for action in
regard to the financial situation, and the
probable development of the Scout Move-
ment through college and governmental
The report of the National Court of
Honor was given by Ernest Thompson
Seton, Chief Scout, who said that 44
honor medals, 190G merit badges and
23 eagle scout badges had been awarded.
Mr. George D. Pratt, Treasurer, sub-
mitted the report for the year, showing
total receipts $99,404.82; disburse-
ments $97,000.77. This includes the
Magazine and Supply Departments,
which are self-supporting.
The report of the Editorial Board
submitted by the Chairman, Mr. Wil-
liam D. Murray, treated of the progress
on the Scout Masters' Manual.
The report of the Committee on
Permanent Organization and Field
Supervision, written by Mr. H. S.
Braucher, Chairman, considered the
questions of granting county charters
and recommended policies providing
for non-interference of city and
county charters, provisional territorial
charters and prevention of state
organization or federations of councils
adjacent to large cities. The questions
of selecting titles for officials and giv-
ing permission to local councils to des-
ignate a Scout Commissioner's Staff
were referred to a sub-committee of
Messrs. James E. West, Richard C.
Morse and Dr. Luther H. Gulick.
In the absence of Mr. Arthur A.
Carey, Mr. West presented a report on
Sea Scouting, advising the adoption of
a Sea Arm of the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica and the publication of a special
manual for this branch.
The Chief Scout Executive then
read his report for the year. Because
of its importance this report was or-
dered printed and will be sent to all
Prof. Jeremiah W. Jenks, as Chair-
man of a Special Committee on Sum-
mer Schools and Training Courses
for Scout Masters, suggested the ad-
visability of a correspondence course
for Scout Masters, and recommended
the employment of a permanent di-
rector of Scout Masters' Training
Courses and Camps and the early
distribution of a copy of the Scout
Masters' _ Manual to Scout Masters.
Upon his recommendation it was
agreed that National Headquarters
would not this year conduct any spe-
cial camps or training schools, but
would co-operate with local authori-
ties in different parts of the country
in arranging for conferences or in-
stitutes for Scout Masters or other
Discussion followed upon the matters
taken up in the reports, and Mr. Seton
was requested to amplify the important
details of his report. He emphasized
the out-door element of Scouting, and
then took up the need for directing boy-
energy into useful channels, such as de-
struction of pests. A resolution was
passed urging troops to co-operate
with local authorities in all pest-
preventing and pest-destroying cam-
The Committee on Resolutions
presented a report based upon reso-
lutions suggested at the conference
of Scout Commissioners held last No-
vember, after having given careful
consideration to all the suggestions
received, at National Headquarters
from Scout Masters and other offi-
cials throughout the country with
reference to each of the proposed
resolutions and others which were
subsequently suggested. The reso-
lutions as finally adopted are printed
in full in the Handbook for Scout
Masters now being distributed.
Discussion followed as to the feasi-
bility of Scout co-operation in pro-
tecting railroad, steamboat and other
more or less public property. The ne-
cessity of firmly establishing the Scout
Movement in the minds of the com-
munity as a useful and helpful organiza-
tion was emphasized. The question of
co-operating with Insurance Companies
in preventing accidents was taken up
and a resolution formulated to inaugu-
rate this campaign.
Several amendments to the by-laws
were read and accepted. These amend-
ments dealt with the respective duties
■ of the_ Chief Scout, the National Scout
Commissioner and the Chief Scout Ex-
Mr. G. D. Porter, the Director of
Public Safety in Philadelphia, spuke
of the immense possibilities of Scout-
ing in _ a city, urging that boys
familiarize themselves with fire sta-
tions and other public stations and
with the administration of the City
Government. A telegram from Mr.
Moffat was read and his work in the
Mr. West then brought up the need
for special action upon the recommenda-
tion from the National Court of Honor
for a special Honor Medal for lesser
degrees of heroism. After some dis-
cussion the question was referred to the
Executive_ Committee with power to act.
The appointment of a permanent com-
mittee on "Marine Scouting" was or-
Professor Jenks then read the report
of the Committee on Nominations, pro-
viding for the officers and executive
board of the Boy Scouts of America for
the year 1913, and these candidates
were unanimously elected, as shown
on the editorial page, with the excep-
tion that President Wilson was
elected Honorary President. As yet
he has not accepted.
Pasadena Scouts Have Private Park.
The Boy Scouts of America, in
Pasadena, Cal., have a park of their
own under the direction of Major
R. H. Lee. .They are enclosing the
tract 25 feet square with a high board
fence. The Scouts will have baseball
and football field, running track,
basket-ball, tennis and croquet court.
There also will be splendid opportu-
nities to practice woodcraft.
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