Scouting, Volume 1, Number 4, June 1, 1913 Page: 3
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SCOUTING FOR A SANE FOURTH.
By Lee F. Hanmer,
DIRECTOR OF DIVISION OF RECREATION OF THE RUSSELL SAQE FOUNDATION.
FOUR years ago the campaign for a
better celebration of the Fourth of
July was started, only a few cities
taking up the movement. The number
of casualties on Independence Day to-
talled 5,307 throughout the United
States. The next year ninety-one cities
planned "sane" programs with the result
that casualties dropped nearly 50 per
cent., the total being 2,923. In 1911,
one hundred and sixty-one cities
had celebrations according to the new
plan, and again accidents decreased
nearly 50 per cent., amounting only
to 1,603. Last year two hundred
and fifty-eight celebrated sanely.
The accidents dropped to 988. This
practical progress resulting in the sav-
ing of thousands of lives has so im-
pressed the American people that there
is little doubt but that the old barbar-
ous Fourth will rapidly disappear and
a bigger and better Fourth will take
The Boy Scouts of America can help
very decidedly in this movement. If
a troop should take hold of the matter
they could probably get the Mayor
or village president to appoint an Inde-
pendence Day Committee to organize
and carry out a good Fourth of July
programme in every community. The
Boy Scouts could take the initiative in
The best turn that a troop could do
for their community just at this time
would be to take up this matter and
help organize and carry out a first-class
celebration. The result would be a de-
crease in accidents and an increase in
fun for everybody. The following are
some of the steps that need to be taken:
1. Talk with the Scout Master about
the plan and vote to undertake it.
• 2. Call on the mayor or village presi-
dent in a body, by appointment, and
press the plan.
3. Help carry out the plan adopted.
The plan follows:
(a) The mayor should appoint an
Independence Day Committee of citizens
with a Boy Scout Auxiliary.
(b) The Independence Day Commit-
tee should elect officers and appoint
committees. Program, Finance, Print-
SECOND CLASS PROriOTION RESTRICTED.
A great many Scout Masters have
found that it does harm rather than
good to allow Scouts to pass too quickly
from one rank to another. The length
of service as a tenderfoot has been set
at not less than one month, and follow-
ing this principle it has been deemed
wise to limit second class service also.
In pursuance of this decision, the Ex-
ecutive Board has issued an order that
a second class Scout must remain in
that rank two months before passing on
to the first class. Scouts are expected
to take examinations for class advance-
ment after thorough-going preparation
and it is felt that two months' time is
none too long for the first class re-
SCOUTS CHECK FALSE ALARMS.
The Boy Scouts of Philadelphia are
assisting the authorities in arresting
offenders who sound false alarms.
Many times recently firemen have been
summoned by fake alarms, and they ap-
preciate the vigilance of the Scouts.
ing and Publicity, and Decorating Com-
mittees would be needed.
_ The Program Committee should con-
sist of five adults and five Boy Scouts.
From this committee five sub-committees
should be formed with one adult as
chairman and one Boy Scout as secre-
tary. These sub-committees would act
on fireworks, on parade, athletics, games
and drills, and music.
(c) Raise a fund and get the city
to appropriate an equal amount.
(d) Get the city to prohibit the sale
and use of explosives except those for
use at the fireworks display, which
should be in charge of the Fireworks
The program is:
_ 3 A. M. Signal fires lighted on eleva-
tions about the city. (Fireworks Com-
mittee with Boy Scout assistants in
Sunrise. Firing of Salute.
9 A. M. Children assemble at school
buildings for Parade.
10 A. M. Parade, with Boy Scouts in
uniform giving first aid, etc. (Local
organizations and all interests to be
11 A. M. Independence Day exercises,
including the reading of the Declaration
of Independence, music, drills and reci-
12 M. (For fifteen minutes) Fourth of
July salute, cannon fired, bells rung,
whistles blown, and all noise-making de-
vices turned loose.
2 :30 P. M. Athletic meet, including all
track and field athletics for boys. This
interspersed with exhibitions of games,
folk dancing, and drills for the girls.
All to be followed by athletic events
and a baseball game by the men.
8 P. M. Fireworks display and band
concert. (Fireworks Committee in
The Russell Sage Foundation, 400
Metropolitan Tower, New York City,
has published several pamphlets on this
subject giving a wealth of suggestions
in detail. Copies of these pamphlets
will be sent free on application to all
Boy Scout troops that undertake to or-
ganize and carry out this better kind of
Fourth of July celebration.
HEADQUARTER'S WORK REPORT.
The increase of correspondence at
National Headquarters over the pre-
ceding year is shown in the work re-
port for April. In that month the total
outgoing correspondence amounted to
29,084 pieces of mail as against 19,452
for 1912. Of that number 21,272 were
letters as against 10,823 in 1912. 507
Scout Masters and 145 Assistant Scout
Masters were registered. The number
of badges issued in the course of the
month was unusually large. They were
as follows: Tenderfoot badges, 8,010;
Second Class badges, 1,910; First Class
badges, 463; Scout Masters' Arm
badges, 132; Assistant Scout Masters'
Arm badges, 53; Scout Commissioners'
Arm badges, 10; Merit badges, 649.
SCOUTS PICK UP PAPER.
The Ginter Park Troop No. 1, of
Richmond, Va., under the direction of
Hunter C. Sledd, their Scout Master,
won praise for their work in picking
up and burning seventeen sacks of paper
in a park near their headquarters.
ESSENTIALS OF A
By S. S. Aplin.
MAKE it your duty to know the
system of the organization of the
Scout Movement and see that the
boys have a good conception of the big
organization of which they form a part.
See that your troop is thoroughly or-
ganized but not over organized. Boys
do not like "red tape."
A knowledge of our organization
should insure comprehension of the offi-
cers who are interested in the develop-
ment of the boy along economic lines.
Discipine should command a manly re-
spect for these officers and thereby teach
the boys themselves to obey, that they
in turn may know how to be leaders.
Get your Scouts into the habit of doing
things as directed by their leaders from
the Patrol Leader to the Chief Scout
Executive. Discipline is a virtue ac-
quired by training and the weakness of
many troops may be traced to a lack
of this essential. There are many ways
of getting this training and it is an im-
portant factor in acquiring success.
Definiteness of Purpose.
Slip-shod methods are as disastrous
to a troop as to a business organization
and any Scout Master who tries to run
his troop that way will soon run it on
the rocks. Preparation for meetings
and activities should be made some time
in advance and it is well to consider
the suggestions made by the boys as to
activities for the troop. Many a good
stunt will be the outgrowth of their
The boys are in the period of rapid
growth and it is reasonable to expect
and demand that each Scout show de-
velopment by acquiring a broader
knowledge of Scoutcraft in all its
branches. _ Have a stated period in which
a Scout is expected to pass from one
grade to another and plan such assist-
ance to help him attain it. Nothing suc-
ceeds like success. See that all tests
passed are done in an efficient manner
which will develop confidence in the
Scout. Provide no "short cuts" in pro-
motion. Have some ceremony of a
dignified nature when making promo-
tions. It will prepare the boy to antici-
pate and appreciate such events in after
The spirit of Altruism is the gospel
of salvation for the movement. In that
short sentence, "Do a good turn daily,"
is the very heart and life of the organ-
ization. It cannot be impressed too
often on the minds of the boys to
"practice what we preach" in this re-
spect and gradually they will acquire
the habit of thoughtfulness for others
which the world needs today. • To live
for others is one way to get real joy
out of life and it is impossible for a
troop to exist in a healthy condition
unless it gives out the good it possesses.
The result will be an extension of the
movement in the community in which
it exists. There is that that scattereth
and yet increaseth.
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