Scouting, Volume 1, Number 3, May 15, 1913 Page: 6
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BOYS' LIFE FOR JUNE.
Advance News of a Record Number.
Every Scout official and Scout will be
particularly interested in the leading
feature of Boys' Life for June, "The
Boyhood of President Wilson," by Ray-
mond W. Pullman, the Washington cor-
respondent. This article, illustrated with
cuts from Hale's biography of Woodrow
Wilson, shows clearly the part played
by early training in President Wilson's
success, and is bound to influence whole-
somely every boy who reads it.
The leading story, about baseball, is
"The Lucky Seventh," by Leslie W.
Ouirk. a thorough baseball fan and a
clever writer. This is unquestionably
one of his finest stories and certainly
one of the best Boys' Life has published
so far. Although not a Boy Scout
story, it brings out admirably some of
the best Scout principles.
A story of the relief work done by
the Scouts in the flood districts of
Ohio, Indiana, and neighboring states,
this spring, together with photographs,
is in preparation for the June number,
though because of the length of other
contributions it may have to be delayed
a month. The series on "Merit Badge
Tests and How to Pass Them" con-
tains an article on "Civics/' written by
Mr. Moffat himself.
Among other unusual and interesting
contributions are "How Woodcraft
Caught a Law-Breaker," by Charlton L.
Edholm; "With the Boy Scouts of Hol-
land," by Ludvig S. Dale; "A Veteran
Scout and Boy Scouts," by James Bar-
ton ; "How to Make Wigwams and
Shelters," by Dr. Charles A. Eastman;
"Code Signalling by Bugle," by Edward
A. Creswick; "The Flight of the Alba-
tross Patrol," by Frank F. Gray; "Here's
to Your Health," by Dr. William Brady;
conclusion of Louis Chauvenet's story,
"A 'From Missouri' Troop in the
Rockies"; the usual departments and
much timely miscellaneous matter.
The BOYS' LIFE Inter-Troop Vaca-
tion Contest lasts till June 15th. With
several more weeks in which to work
and some troops sending in as many as
40 subscriptions in a single day. there
is time left to accomplish substantial re-
sults. Comparatively few troops are
entered, but all the active ones are hav-
ing big success and earning large weekly
commissions. There are blanks enough
to accommodate a few more troops if
applications come in at once. The stand-
ing of the divisions and troops will be
The illustrations in this number, by
Frank Tenney Johnson, are the best
Boys' Life has ever had, and the pho-
tographs are uniformly superior. The
cover design is a reproduction of an ex-
cellent outdoor photograph of President
GOVERNMENT CONDUCTS SCOUT CONTEST
The Department of Agriculture of
Columbus, Ohio, has initiated an unusual
contest in which the Boy Scouts of
America in Ottawa, Ohio, are participa-
ting. The boys are entering a garden-
growing contest, over 1 000 of them
being expected to enroll. After paying
their expenses, each individual will have
a good profit. In addition, the winner
is to have his expenses paid for a trip
to Washington, and President Wood-
row Wilson has kindly consented to
greet and shake hands with this fortu-
nY EXPERIENCE AS A
NAUTICAL SCOUT MASTER.
By Charles Longstreth.
In taking up nautical Scouting in
Philadelphia, I have found that it is not
always possible to have the ideal equip-
ment, but that a great deal may be done
with small boats.
To my mind, the ideal equipment
would be made up of small units, of,
say, jib and mainsail sailing boats of
about 30 feet waterline, of ample beam
and drawing about 4 feet of water.
These boats should be fitted with water-
tight cock-pits and be practically non-
capsizable and nonsinkable. They would
cost about $800. With covering over
the main boom and cock-pit and an alco-
hol stove fitted up, about six boys could
sleep and eat on board. Three such boats
and one thirty-foot motor boat as a
tender could cruise as a squadron. If
this equipment is too expensive, the al-
ternative would be a squadron of three
or more 18 feet sailing and rowing
dories, costing about $70 each, with the
Scouts sleeping and eating in a house-
boat. If a motor yacht or similar vessel
is secured as flagship, the boys can have
a much more varied experience.
The reason for favoring small units
is that the boys themselves then take
actual command of the boats, picking out
the best Scouts for coxswain and chang-
ing them frequently to different stations.
This makes the boys self-reliant and they
would have little trouble with small
boats, even if they were to capsize. The
gear is light enough for a small boy to
handle, thus doing away with the ex-
pensive crew necessary for a large vessel.
I think anyone will agree with me that
after a boy has considerable experience
in small boats he could easily learn to
handle large vessels.
This year we have been unable to
afford the more expensive boats, but we
have ordered three 18 feet sailing and
rowing dories, equipped with jib and
mainsail, and will use mv own yacht.
Arawan II, as flagship. The boys will
be berthed ashore or in a house boat.
With this equipment we can manage 18
or 20 boys at a time, rotating the squads
every week or ten days.
We have issued two general orders
containing regulations and tentative
plans for instructions and cruises. The
boys must be second or first class Scouts
in Philadelphia troops, and will be re-
quired to pass Seamanshio tests within
one year of enlistment. Each boy must
bring two blue denim suits, ordinary
walking shoes, sneakers, blanket, 6il
skin trousers, jacket and so'wester, and
changes of underwear and stockings. AH
of these articles, properly marked, are
carried in a brown duffle bag marked
with the name of the Scout. The boys
have ditty bags for smaller personal
articles. All other equipment is fur-
nished by the Scout Master. Every
boy must present a letter from narent
or guardian relieving the Scout Master
This year, the first meeting at the
Philadelphia Headquarters included ex-
amination and instruction in Seaman-
ship; rules of the road ; and "man over-
board" and fire drills. In May we held
an examination and inspected the equip-
ment. The first actual practice will come
in June when we will have a day's cruise
on the Arawan II with chart work, lead
line, anchoring, rowing, etc. On July
7, the annual cruise will be held in
Barnegat Bay. The squadron will con-
sist of the flagship with three Scouts on
board as signal men and quartermasters,
and the three dories with a crew of five
each in charge of a quartermaster. The
cruise will end July 14 and after dis-
bandment, the Scouts who acted as cooks
and mess stewards will be taken on the
Arawan to New York and Long Island
The two divisions include 30 boys, each
member of which must keep a log diary
and be prepared to write an account of
the cruise. The tentative charge a week
is $3.50 for each boy.
In my opinion, as we develop Sea
Scouting, we must not devote too much
attention to the English system of coast
guarding or specialize in ocean work in-
stead of cruising on smaller bodies of
water. Schemes for use on coastal water-
ways and inland lakes should be de-
veloped according to the resources of the
individual Scout Masters and troops.
A WARNING TO BOY
Cash Prizes Hake Boys Professionals.
National Headquarters has just re-
ceived from Gustave T. Kirby, Presi-
dent of the Amateur Athletic Associa-
tion, a letter which contains some ex-
ceedingly important information.
Not long ago Scout Master Wilson of
Jamestown, New York, the Physical
Director of the Public Schools of that
city, informed the American Sports
Publishing Company that a gentleman
of Jamestown had offered several sub-
stantial cash prizes to the Boy Scout
troops for excellence in various contests
held at a field meet. Mr. Wilson wanted
to know whether receiving cash prizes
would disqualify the boys later in school
or college life from amateur sports, es-
pecially as the prizes were given to
troops and not to individuals.
To this communication Mr. Kirby
answered as follows: "I have to state
as my personal opinion, but not in any
official capacity, that the acceptance of
cash prizes by troops of Boy Scouts,
whether large or small in amount, would
make those competing for such prizes
professionals, and thereby and forever
bar them from competition in amateur
Mr. Kirby then wrote to Mr. George
D. Pratt of Brooklyn, urging him to
bring to the attention of the Boy Scouts
throughout the country the danger in-
volved in such competitions.
In reply Mr. Pratt said: "The sub-
ject of track athletics is one which I
personally have been trying to use my
influence to discourage so far as Scouts
are concerned, feeling that if they get into
athletic competitions they will lose in-
terest in their Scout work."
Mr. Pratt then forwarded the corres-
pondence to Mr. West at National Head-
quarters. and added: "I feel that this
is a matter which we should take up
with the Scout Masters, for if we do not
there is a great liability of tremendous
complications later, when the boys grow
up and want to enter into competitive
athletics. I think they should be
cautioned that if they receive money
prizes it makes them professionals."
It is of course clearly understood that
Mr. Kirbv's opinion is given as that of
an individual, but coming from the Presi-
dent of the Amateur Athletic Associa-
tion it carries weight, and Scout Masters
should proceed very cautiously in ar-
ranging field meets which include any
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