Scouting, Volume 1, Number 3, May 15, 1913 Page: 5
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MR. W. W. BRUNDAGE,
A Qood Scout from Buffalo.
From the amount of orders for all
imaginable supplies which continually
pours in upon National Headquarters
from Buffalo, one is led to believe that
Scouting in that city is very much alive.
— The letters are generally signed—and
to that legibly, which cannot be said of all
^ the signatures we read—"W. W. Brun-
dage." Even in the formal orders, one
^ sees the personality of the man who
writes them, and from a great many
2 more personal letters we have gathered
A COMMISSIONER'S ANNUAL REPORT.
By J. van Beuren Mitchell.
MR. W. W. BRUNDAGE,
A Scout Official Who Gets Results.
a pretty clear idea of this up-to-the-
minute, good-natured, level-headed Scout
Executive of Buffalo.
But when we tried to ferret out some
facts about himself, Mr. Brundage
promptly and characteristically replied
that he had never expected to write his
own obituary. He modestly confined
himself to cold dates, informing us that
he was born in 1880 and since 1901 has
been engaged in Y. M. C. A. work as
physical director, boys' secretary and
county secretary. In 1911 the Buffalo
Scout Council was organized and now
supervises the work of 65 troops. As
the Scout Executive, Mr. Brundage has
had a great deal to do with the remark-
able development of Scouting in Buffalo
since its inception. There are now 71
first class Scouts, more than 250 second
class, and over 1,400 tenderfoots.
At a recent whirlwind campaign the
Buffalo council raised $7,000 for the
work in that city. They are now plan-
ning splendid things, and on a good
business basis,—a combination which
. seems characteristic of these men up in
New York State. From this amount,
10 per cent was contributed to National
Headquarters. The rest has gone into
systematic Scouting work, both exten-
sive and intensive.
With the co-operation of an active and
thorough Local Council, Mr. Brundage
has achieved fine things. He has given
examinations which are remarkably dif-
ficult, but has found them a stimulus
rather than a detriment. Besides his
keen sense of humor and perfect com-
prehension of boy nature, Mr. Brundage
has proved that he is fully qualified to
hold the double title of "Scout Execu-
A YEAR ago the Local Council of
Morristown, N. J., was formed
and officers elected. At that
time we had two active and one
inactive troops of Scouts. Today we
have ten active troops officered by
one Commissioner, one deputy com-
sioner, ten Scout Masters and three as-
sistants,—total, fifteen active workers.
An active troop of Scouts is connected
with every church in town but one.
There is a troop at the local Y. M. C. A.
and one connected with the neighbor-
hood house. Last year at this time we
had thirty-five tenderfoots enrolled.
Today we have two hundred and fifteen
Scouts, forty-six second class and thirty-
four first class.
The activities of the year are as fol-
lows: May, 1912, three hikes; June, 1912,
field day, one hundred attended, neigh-
boring troops invited; July, part of a
troop with a Scout Master and Com-
missioner visited Scout camp at Cos Cob
for one week, where our boys were
taught first aid, life saving and many
valuable things. A number of our boys
came away with qualification buttons for
life saving and two of the Morristown
boys won camp prizes. During July and
August several hikes were successfully
carried through and twelve boys camped
out for two weeks. During October a
body of our Scouts went for a camping
trip and had target instruction under
We have held eight examinations with-
in the past year. These include first and
second class tests and tests for merit
badges. Morristown boys have won
twenty merit badges during the past
At the Scout Commissioner's office
three hundred and twenty-five letters
have been received. More than three
hundred letters, including notices to
Scout Masters, replies to letters received,
etc., have been sent out. Over one thou-
sand folders containing Scout news, in-
formation about forming troops, etc.,
have been given away Twelve addresses
telling of the Scout work in Morristown
and about fifty calls have been made by
the Commissioner in connection with
November and December were busy
months for the Morristown Scouts. A
special service was held at the Church
of, the Redeemer on December 1st.
Most of the work done, however, was
in preparation for the Scout play held
at the Lyceum on January 3, where we
made over one hundred and fifty dol-
lars. Every troop in town took part
and the entertainment was greatly ap-
preciated by the audience.
Last month an exhibition of Scout
work by Troop Nine was followed by the
presentation of a flag by the parents
of the boys. Troop Four gave a "ban-
quet." The Commissioner attended and
addressed both of these entertainments.
The exhibitions were most encouraging
and evidenced the earnestness of the
Scouts. Maps, carpenter work, draw-
ings, etc., were shown.
A Special-Service-Scout-Squad, com-
posed entirely of first and second class
Scouts mounted on bicycles, has just
been formed by the Commissioner.
These boys will help in all special work,
particularly at camp next summer.
A banner, judged for the first each
month, was presented on January first.
The honor troop having the greatest
percentage of points carries the banner
and is honor or color troop for the
month. The banner was won January
first by St. Peter's troop; February
first by the Mission troop; March first
by the Y. M. C. A. troop, and April
first by the Methodist troop. A prize
will be given to each member of the
troop winning the banner the greatest
number of times during the year.
Last December, twenty-five of the
Morristown Scouts went to the rally in
Brooklyn. Fifteen were the guests of
the Commissioner at the Hippodrome
in the evening. Twelve stayed at the
Commissioner's house over night, re-
turning to Morristown next day in
charge of a Scout Master.
In March, twenty-two Morristown
Scouts attended the rally in New York,
where our boys won prizes for the an-
telope race. In April, forty Scouts at-
tended the rally at East Orange.
The question has been raised, "What
do you know that the Boy Scout Move-
ment has accomplished among the boys
under your supervision as Scout Com-
missioner of Morristown"?
It will suffice that I cite a single in-
stance, that of Bobby J , a member
of one of the troops in this town.
This little fellow of fourteen, out at
the heels, knees and elbows, came from
an unenviable home and had all the
excuse s of his class why he could not
attend the day school and Sunday
School like other boys more favorably
circumstanced. His father, an Italian,
deserted a large family. His mother
and eight children barely eke out an
existence. Bobby became shiftless, a
truant at school, and we Avere told he
was a good subject for a reform school.
His old excuses were at first resorted
to to explain his truancy to the Scout
Master of his troop, but that was not
satisfactory. The patrol leaders and
members of his patrol were given to
understand that they were responsible
for his appearance and his conduct. This
influence of other Scouts has done what
teachers and leaders before were unable
At Sunday School Bobby is regular,
prompt and neat in appearance. At a
Scout meeting when the question of pro-
viding Scout uniforms arose, none were
more enthusiastic than Bobby. How
could he earn the five dollars necessary
apart from his selling his papers for the
family support was a puzzle. This did
not daunt our tenderfoot long. The
spring rains brought the dandelions,
and here was his chance. Weeding the
lawns and piling the brush netted him
the necessary sum.
_ Any one in doubt as to the possibili-
ties of the Boy Scout Movement need
only to look into the face of this clean,
cheerful little fellow. No boy has been
more loyal to the troop or more willing
to obey orders or to enlist other little
"down-and-out's" than Bobby. I may
add that apart from all his unenviable
surroundings Bobby is physically de-
I feel that Bobby J is sufficient
argument for, "Why is a Boy Scout?"
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