Scouting, Volume 1, Number 3, May 15, 1913 Page: 4
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PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY NA-
TIONAL HEADQUARTERS, BOY
SCOUTS OF AM E R I C A, FOR
SCOUT OFFICIALS AND OTHERS
INTERESTED IN THE BOY
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUN-
CIL AND EXECUTIVE BOARD
Honorary President: Woodrow Wilson.
Honorary Vice-President: William H. Taft.
Honorary Vice-President: Theodore Roosevelt.
President: Colin H. Livingstone, Washington,
Chief Scout: Ernest Thompson Seton, Cos
National Scout Commissioner: Daniel Carter
Beard, Flushing, L. I.
Treasurer: George D. Pratt, Brooklyn, New
Chief Scout Executive: James E. West, New
Office of Publication: 200 Fifth Avenue,
New York City
Entered as second-class matter at the Post
Office, New York, N. Y., under the
act of August 24, 1912.
tions not to have boys take part in
MAY IS, 1913
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
Every Scout official, and especially
Scout Masters, should note seriously the
remarkable statement by Mr. Moffat that
during his five months' visit to Scout
centres he has not found one single in-
stance where a troop of Scouts has dis-
banded because of lack of interest on
the part of the boys themselves. In
other words, in every case the cause is
traceable directly to the Scout Master.
There are various reasons and in many
cases these are beyond the control of
the leader, but can anyone imagine any
reason which would not leave with the
Scout Master, the responsibility of see-
ing that some other competent man is
found to continue the work of the
Think this over. Is it not fair to say
that this is directly the responsibility
of the Scout Master? If all other
means fail the Scout Master might at
least notify National Headquarters of
the facts so that we may take steps in
behalf of the boys.
It is gratifying to know of a number
of instances where arrangements have
been made to have Boy Scouts render
practical service on Decoration Day. It
is hoped that Scout Masters will co-
operate in following our recommenda-
In the first number of "Scouting" we
announced that this publication had been
undertaken in the interests of efficiency
for all Scout officials. A glance over
the contents of this second large issue
will show wherein we have tried to
help the Scout Masters by definite sug-
gestions and practical data. First of all
the personal suggestion by Mr. West
and the discussion by Mr. Moffat of the
status of Scouting, indicate the high
standing which we want our Scout
Masters to maintain.
Then, as the camp season is approach-
ing, we have given a great deal of
space to hints for campers,—practical
suggestions for sanitation, equipment
and menu. In other words, after talk-
ing to our Scout Masters in terms of
theory, we are giving detailed informa-
tion showing how they can carry out
in "the little things of life" the princi-
ples of thoroughness and preparedness
for which Scouting stands.
And finally, to show how various indi-
viduals have succteded in their special
lines of work, we are giving a short
account of the work of Scout Execu-
tive Brundage in Buffalo, and a thor-
ough and concrete annual report from
Captain Mitchell, of Morristown, New
We think that all this is the kind of
material which helps others in "good
Scouting." Whether it be on the sea
or land, in a Rocky Mountain camp, or
along the Massachusetts coast, certain
things hold true for all good Scouts.
If you have found that it is easier to
do your given tasks one way than an-
other, or if you come across something
which you think should be brought to
the attention of men in the movement
who, like you, are trying to get the
best results, won't you help out by send-
ing this information, concrete as you
can make it, to the Editor of "Scouting"
at National Headquarters?
The Handbook for Scout Masters has
certainly made a hit. The blanks for
comments and suggested changes show
that the book is helping men to make
scout work more effective. A limited
number of additional copies have been
made available for Assistant Scant Mas-
ters and others at 25c. each.
The Boy Scout Diaries have proven
so popular that it has been necessary
to order another 5,000 reprint. This
will doubtless be the last opportunity to
secure copies this year. The space for
the first six months is made available
for memorandum purposes.
Literature for the promotion of the
Boy Scout Fly Campaign can now be
obtained. We are seeking to place em-
phasis on "prevent the fly" rather than
"swat the fly." Try to have your boys
understand the difference.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING.
Many Scout Matters Considered by Leaders.
At the May meeting of the Executive
Board, Chief Scout Executive West re-
ported on the progress of the movement
in issuing in all 9,S28 badges; forming
such new committees as that on Scout
Supplies; extending the usefulness of
the Book Department ; and co-operating
with outside organizations, religious,
educational and commercial. Represen-
tatives of magazine publishers and edi-
tors are to be invited to act as an
Advisory Committee on Boys' Life, and
the influence of the movement from a
literary viewpoint is also to be extended
through a special Boy Scout Library,
plans for which are being developed by
Mr. Mathews and will be reported later.
The International Committee of the
Y. M. C. A. has co-operated in securing
the interest of the officers of various
college organizations, with the view of
interesting graduates in the Scout work.
The editors of several religious papers
have indicated their support by publish-
ing statements showing how Scouting
can be a valuable asset in religious work
The meeting discussed various points
of policy and recomendation of different
committees. After a vote of thanks to
the compilers of the Scout Masters'
Handbook, it was decided that all per-
sons not Scout Masters or Commis-
sioners desiring a proof copy be charged
25 cents to cover the expense. A
Special Field Scout Commissioner, Dr.
John H. Taylor, was also appointed for
work in affiliation with the Young Men's
Mutual Improvement Association.
AN APPEAL FROM THE SCOUT flASTERS'
Have you any photographs of activi-
ties that you would be willing to lend
us for a short period of time? We
are trying to secure a number of pho-
tographs of Scout activities, that would
serve to illustrate the Scout laws and
requirements. We will positively guar-
antee the prompt return of all pictures
after they have been reproduced.
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