Scouting, Volume 1, Number 4, June 1, 1913 Page: 4
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MERIT BADGE APPLICATIONS.
By Arthur R. Forbush.
IT is earnestly requested that all our
Scout Masters will note attentively
the instructions given on the applica-
tion blanks for merit 'badges when ap-
plying for these awards to the National
Court of Honor. Spaces are given for
various signatures which it is necessary
that we have. First the blank should
be signed by the Scout and then by the
Scout Master who certifies that the boy
is a first class Scout in good standing.
The next three spaces should be filled
in by the members of the Examining
Committee of the local Court of Honor.
In many cities the examination proper is
passed before an expert appointed by
this local Court of Honor. Even in this
case, the other members of the Examin-
ing Committee should sign the applica-
tion blanks, certifying that the expert's
appointment was genuine.
The Chairman of the Court of Honor
should then sign the space in which he
certifies to the Local Council'that the
local Court of Honor has accepted the
recommendation of the Examining Com-
mittee. The last signature is that of
the Secretary or Commissioner of the
Local Council who certifies to National
Headquarters that the Local Council has
NOT POLITICAL ALLIES.
As announced in the last number of
Scouting, the leaders of the Boy Scouts
of America do not wish the boys to
participate in parades or as Scouts to
take part in any political affair. The
boys, however, are urged always to be
on the alert to give aid to the police or
to doctors in the course of parades.
This attitude of the leaders of the
movement is expressed in a letter which
James E. West, Chief Scout Executive,
recently wrote to Mr. Hubert W. Eldred
of Rockville Center, N. Y. Mr. Eldred
asked for information as to whether the
Scouts should co-operate in connection
with the Suffrage party.
"It is contrary," Mr. West said, "to
our practice and regulations to take any
action which might be capable of an in-
terpretation indicating sympathy with or
support of any political or social ques-
tion. The Scout authorities at Wash-
ington consistently refused to have the
Scouts assigned for special duty during
the Suffragist Parade there but were
very glad to respond to a request from
the civic authorities to co-operate with
the police in maintaining order and
rendering such service as they could.
In this way it so worked out that they
did actually help the Suffragists and we
were all very glad for what they did.
This case is entirely different, however,
and I sincerely hope that you will not
take the responsibility of involving the
movement by any action you might
take as an individual Scout Master."
accepted the findings of the Court of
Many times the Scout Masters send
in these blanks improperly filled out,
asking us to send merit badges imme-
diately in order that they may be pre-
sented on some special occasion. We
have to send these back and disappoint
our men. We do not like to do this,
and are always anxious to issue merit
badges when the facts are properly pre-
sented to the National Court of Honor.
Here are a few suggestions:
Do not order merit badges unless ap-
plications for them have been passed by
the National Court of Honor.
If you have no application blanks
write to Headquarters for_ some. Do
not simply write us advising that the
boy has passed the requirements.
When you receive the application
blank make sure that all the spaces pro-
vided for signatures are filled in.
If the boy wishes to purchase the
merit badges, remittance to cover the
cost should accompany the application.
If he does not wish to purchase the
badge, a little certificate will be issued
to him by National Headquarters with-
A STIMULATING TRIBUTE.
Scout Masters are urged to call to the
attention of Scouts the pamphlet en-
titled : "Rufus Fearing Dawes." It is a
tribute of Charles G. Dawes of Evans-
ton, 111., to his son who was drowned
last fall. The young man's career was
short, but in his brief lifetime he accom-
plished a great amount of good. The
pamphlet is a philosophic yet loving and
Christian tribute to an only son, and will
prove helpful to Scout Masters as well
as to Scouts. Copies may be obtained
from National Headquarters by paying
"TREASURE ISLAND" FOR PHILA-
With such an alluring name for their
camp, the Philadelphia Scouts should
have a full roster this summer. The
island, fifty acres and well timbered, is
north of Trenton in the Delaware river.
"A true woodman's camp" is promised,
and prizes are offered for camp sanita-
tion, neatness, discipline, general ef-
ficiency, and—most coveted of all—for
the troop with the greatest number of
competent cooks in proportion to its
muster roll. Each troop will cook its
own meals, except supper, which will be
served in the mess hall by the camp cook.
Board is $3.50 a week. The list of equip-
ment necessary includes note book, scout
manual, and a musical instrument if pos-
sible. No firearms are allowed at the
camp. A great variety of sports—land
and water—await the happy crowd of
young pirates who will take possession
of "Treasure Island."
AN APPEAL FROM AUSTRALIA.
Miss Mary Whitfeld, of Tasmania,
New Zealand, has asked Franklin
K. Mathiews, Chief Scout Librarian,
to assist her in selecting books for the
boys in her Sunday School.
DIFFICULTIES IN THE
By F. N. Cooke, Jr.
The _ Supply Department was unable
to fill in time all the orders desired for
Decoration Day. Every effort was made
to hurry these, both at National Head-
quarters and at the uniform factory.
The difficulty lay in short space of
time allowed by Scout Masters in send-
ing in their orders.
To make sure of orders for July 4
or the opening of summer camps, Scout
Masters should anticipate their needs.
Orders for Scout badges and miscellane-
ous supplies in stock at National Head-
quarters are filled (within forty-eight
hours. Regular age sizes of uniforms
can usually be shipped in from three to
five days. Garments made to special
measurements are shipped inside of ten
days, or slightly longer at holiday
Frequently delays occur because of
some oversight in ordering. Sizes are
frequently omitted or special styles of
garments are not indicated. Every
order for uniforms should be accom-
panied with full measurements for each
boy, following the instructions on the
order blank, and the articles desired
should be clearly indicated with the
price. All orders must be signed by a
registered Scout Master and where
there is a local council be countersigned
by the Scout Commisioner or Secretary.
TOPOGRAPHICAL I*1APS IN SCOUTING.
The Scout Headquarters of Delaware
and Montgomery Counties have on sale
contour maps of their district. The
idea is greatly to be recommended to
other troops. The maps are accom-
panied by sheets showing conventional
signs and are intended for use in tally-
ing up hikes. They would cost only
from six to ten cents and are well worth
the trouble of keeping them for accuracy
A GOOD TURN FIGHTING FIRE.
Scout Master Harry Whetsel of Gib-
sonburg, Ohio, reports an incident of
fire fighting by his boys. "A locomo-
tive," he writes, "in passing set fire to
a strip of woods. A heavy wind brought
the fire up so as to endanger a man's
house and barn. He was fighting it
alone when the Scouts saw the fire and
rushed to his aid. After a hard fight
they succeeded in putting the fire out.
There were two patrols. The boys take
a delight in doing good turns."
STATISTICS ON SCOUT ORGANIZATIONS.
Facts That Deserve Study.
STATISTICS prepared by C. W. active Scout Masters and Assistants,
Hadden, Scout Commissioner of and give information about the number
. of Scouts and the money raised. Mr.
Minneapolis, Minn., give interesting Hadden's summary, which is for the last:
facts about certain cities, indicate the fiscal year, in part follows:
Active Active 1st 2nd Tender- Men on
City. S. M. & Assts. Scouts. Class. Class. feet. Council. Budget.
Kansas City, Mo 49 925 40 90 21 $1,500.00
St. Louis, Mo 100 3,000 300 1,500 1,200 63 5,000.00
Boston, Mass 183 4,500 700 1,200 3,000 50 10,000.00
Cleveland, 0 83 1,790 123 1,261 405 125 2,500.00
Baltimore, Md 204 3,000 ... .... .... 7 4,800.00
Buffalo, N. Y 120 1,600 31 250 .... 21 6,000.00
St. Paul, Minrt 23 500 120 220 130 57 2,500.00
Milwaukee, Wis 22 300 6 .... .... 55
Washington, D. C. .. 40 800 100 200 500 100 3,500.00
Louisville, Ky 30 1,200 ... 70 5,000.00
Denver, Colo 25 400 ... 150 900.00
Chicago, 111 100 3,800 380 1,520 1,900 70 13,500.00
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