Scouting, Volume 1, Number 3, May 15, 1913 Page: 3
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A GLIMPSE OF NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS.
Every Effort Is Made to Fulfill the Wants of Scouts and Scout Officials.
IT is our desire that every Scout Offi-
cial should feel thoroughly at home at
National Headquarters. Situated on
the fourteenth floor of the Fifth Avenue
~ Building in New York City, the rooms
look north and east over Madison
~ Square Park. We are authoritatively
^ said to be by far the busiest people
in the building, which has over 1,000
other offices. There are so many letters
received every day, and the number of
O visitors is so large that a force of 56
2 people is kept busy every moment. In
fact, the office is always found open until
~ very late at night, for a night force
_j of workers is necessary to realize our
o aim of filling promptly every need of
^ the Scouts, Scout Masters and Scout
The real leaders of the Boy Scouts are
the members of the Executive Board.
This board comprises such men as Colin
H. Livingstone, President, George D.
Pratt, Treasurer, Mortimer L. Schiff,
Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter
Beard, Lee F. Hanmer and Edgar M.
Robinson. Upon these men, who meet
at least once a month, falls the arduous
work of outlining the activities and
scope of the movement, making a budget
and working out plans for collecting
funds for paying the expenses of head-
quarters. As a matter of fact, however,
the members of the Executive Board
have themselves been exceedingly gen-
erous and have contributed more than
$25,000 since the beginning of the year.
James E. West, Chief Scout Execu-
tive, is, as his title indicates, the execu-
tive head of the Movement. He has
worked zealously for more than two
years to meet the demands of the in-
creasing number of Scouts and has
solved many problems dealing with the
movement. Mr. West attends to the
hundreds of details which arise in con-
nection with the work extending from
one end of the country to the other.
He has analyzed the Scout's needs care-
fully and has now subdivided it into
departments with efficient heads. There
is consequently a decreasing amount
of confusion in attending to the business
details of headquarters. Mr. West also
is looking ahead and making plans so
that even with the growing interest in
Scoutcraft, neither the boys nor the
Scout Masters will find him inattentive
to their needs.
One of the busy bureaus at head-
quarters is the Scout Master's Depart-
ment which is in charge of A. R. For-
bush, Deputy Field Scout Commission-
er, directly under the supervision of
Mr. West. All applications from men
for commissions as Scout Masters go'
to this department. The references im-
mediately are investigated and a com-
mission issued. Directly related to this
work, of course, is the issuance of
charters to Local Councils and of cer-
tificates to Scout Commissioners, who
must be elected by the Local Councils.
The Scout Service Bureau looks
after the material needs, so to speak,
of the Scouts and of the Scout
Masters. This bureau deals chiefly
with the equipment-of Scouts, in that
it is prepared to supply all such ar-
ticles as boys and men use in scout-
ing and camping. Everything a Scout
requires can be procured through
this bureau. It also supplies the ten-
derfoot, second-class and first-class
badges to Scout Masters. It is in
charge of Frederick N. Cooke, Jr.
Equally important is the field staff.
These men are invaluable in helping
in the organization of Scout troops
and Local Councils throughout the
country, and in helping Scout
Masters solve intricate problems
dealing with the boy. They are thor-
ough Scouts in more senses than one,
for they go out into the field to
extend Scoutcraft and to help the
boys understand the true meaning of
Scouting. Samuel A. Moffat has been
WTest, having left New York on New
Year's Day for a tour of the Pacific
Coast, and now has come back by
way of the Northwest. Ludvig S.
Dale, who last November returned
from a year's inspection of Scouting
in Europe, also is devoting much
time to literary work and to organi-
zation duties. Information will be
furnished Scout Masters through this
bulletin of the movements of these
men when on tour.
There is a financial department in
headquarters. This is in charge of
Berkeley G. Tobey, experienced in
the work of soliciting funds for phil-
anthropic work. On this department
falls the greater part of the burden
of collecting the $50,000 that is needed
every year for the maintenance of
the Scout Movement. With the or-
ganization, however, of Local Coun-
cils throughout the country it is
hoped that eventually the Local
Councils will make contributions
toward the support of the National
On the Editorial Board, which con-
sists of William D. Murray, George
D. Pratt, Frank Presbrey and A. A.
Jameson, every year falls a great
amount of work. This board revised
and published the handbook for the
Boy Scouts in 1911. It has now cir-
culated a handbook for Scout Masters.
George H. Merritt, expert boys'
worker, who is secretary of the Edi-
torial Board did much of the work
on the Scout Masters' manual.
The Editorial Board supervises the
publication of Boys' Life, the Boy
Scouts' Magazine. This magazine
was acquired by the Boy Scouts of
America last June and under the
editorship of Edward Cave has more
than doubled its subscription list in
the last six months.
The Editorial Board also looks af-
ter the publicity bureau.
In addition there is the accounting
department employing three persons
where all records of the work are
kept. A librarian has charge of the
1,000 odd volumes on all possible sub-
jects of reference for Scoutcraft.
Furthermore, a large filing depart-
ment looks after all the letters and
various other papers that come into
headquarters. There is a clerical
force comprising 33 persons. Then
there is the stock room where all the
various supplies are kept. Four boys
are employed in this department.
The offices for the heads of depart-
ments, including the stenographic
force, filing department and the sup-
ply bureau occupy over 3,000 square
LIBRARY AND RECEPTION ROOM, NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS.
This is only a part of the extensive offices occupying over 3,000 square feet
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