Scouting, Volume 1, Number 5, June 15, 1913 Page: 2
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THE IN ADVISABILITY OF A RITUAL.
By Father Reginald Yzendoorn, S. M., Honolulu Troop No. 8.
[Our space in these columns is so
limited that it will be impossible to
publish all the letters that ^Jiave come
in from Scout Masters dnf regard to
various problems thak ha^e been listed
for discussion. AtynSfr^mtn were es-
pecially interested irii(ti\ question of the
advisability of a ritml. Several were
strongly opffosed^to the adoption of a
ritual, and jtjie fallowing well sums up
the opinion* oj this group.—Ed.\
RECENT paragraph in "Scouting"^
called for discussion upon the
advisability of "a ritual" in inirfat^
ers of various ranks. Afjow
^ consider the Question as y'Scout
ister who is also? a Roman (catholic
;st. I am aware .that a rjnial -does
not necessarily" im
monies; i|.;; may
supei'fl.uou^" An<\inot altl
and "Htusrfism" j<
If however, sonk
advisable; I shq
"etiquette," or "r
If a religious ceremony is implied, I
consider*the adoption of a ritual would
be a serious blow to the Scout Move-
ment. There exists both in the States
ve religid&s cere-
bte any method of
E" oppose the
ether in har-
ck to nature"
Various^ __ _ f
ject have appeared m the Ecclesiastical
Review during the year 1912. 1 am
afrai^. that " if a ritual were adopted,
there w\uld be a general outcry in
Catholic circles which might wind up
with the prohibition fjfr Catholic boys
to join the movement
In denominational Jroops, ceremonies
t can be used in ccmformity with the
\religious tenets of its members. In
undenominational jlroops, the Scout
, Masters should orm insist that the boys
keep faithfully ije first part of the
oath, "to hono# God," according to
their religious Jonvictions; and with-
out hindering tljem from the fulfillment
of their religions duties, should remain
As we are now, I can and do strong-
ly recommend the formation of Catholic
troops of Boy Scouts to my fellow
priests. Having always been greatly
interested in boys, I must acknowledge
that this is the best scheme I ever
have hit upon. At home, in church, at
school and on the street, the all around
improvement of the boys has been re-
markable, although our troop is but
eight months old.
"BOYS' LIFE" FOR JULY.
Special Summer Features Unusually Good.
The July "Boys' Life" is a splendid sum-
mer number, from the cover, showing
a typical "swimming hole" scene to the
article on up-to-date swimming, merit
badge swimming tests and the camp ar-
ticle, "Ho, for the Hills!" by George H.
A Fourth of July story by John Flem-
ing Wilson is the "best yet," and the
new serial, "The Trail to El Dorado"
will appeal to every boy. Mr. Dale
continues his story of the Scouts in Hol-
land. There are also articles on Target
Shooting with the Air Rifle, by Charles
Askins; the continued "Flight of the Al-
batross," by Frank F. Gray; Trek Cart
Camping, by A. G. Clark, and another
article under, "Here's to Your Health,"
on swimming precautions. Ernest
Thompson Seton has a timely article on
Poison Ivy. The usual departments—
The Honor Roll, Discoveries and Re-
discoveries and News from Scout Scribes
—contain unusually interesting material.
BUSINESS MAN SEEKS SCOUT INFLUENCE.
From Mr. Eckford C. deKay, formerly
secretary to Governor Dix of New York
and now in the State Insurance Depart-
ment, comes a letter asking assistance
in interesting a boy in Scouting. Mr.
c'e Kay evidently thinks that the Scout
Movement can help such boys immensely
for he writes "the youngster is about
fourteen and quite a musician, but needs
the manly development which your as-
sociation can and does give to so many
hundreds of boys."
SCOUT WRITES ON FORESTRY.
Paul Boughton, aged fourteen, one of
the winners of the Poughkeepsie Civic
Medal this spring, was awarded 98 per
cent, in his examination. His essay upon
"The Care of Ornamental Trees" was
published in full in a local newspaper
and contains a great deal of useful in-
formation about preventing decay, kill-
ing pests and encouraging growth. The
Scout learned his facts by assisting the
foresters on the Vassar campus.
"BOYS' LIFE" SUMMER OFFER.
If you are not a subscriber to the magazine, or if all your boys are not
subscribers, the following offer will be of interest:
SCOUT MASTERS AND ASSISTANTS.
No. 1.—For 50 cents "Boys' Life" will send you the magazine for six
months, (regular price 59 cents), and a Gold Plated Enameled Scout
Masters or Assistant's Pin, (retail price 50 cents).
No. 2.—For 75 cents "Boys' Life" will send you the magazine for one
year, with either of the above premiums.
FOR SCOUTS AND ALL SCOUT OFFICIALS.
No. 3.—For 50 cents "Boys' Life" will send the magazine for 9 months
('regular pri.;e 75 cents), together with a Scout Watch Fob (retail price
CAMPS FOR THE SUMMER.
Apparently the thoughts of
Scouts all over the country are
now turning towards camp, for
we are fairly swamped with camp an-
nouncements and clippings.
The boys of Fort Worth, Tex., will,
from June 9 to 18, be at "Camp Seton,"
on the Brazos River, a remarkably
beautiful location. Bible study classes
will be conducted here. At Dallas, Tex.,
a camp planned by the Council has al-
ready over 100 boys registered.
From Wisconsin are announced plans
for an all summer camp in the northern
part of the state where instructors from
the state university will help in giving
In Georgia, Mount Airy has been
chosen for a ten days' outing trip
from Spartansburg. From Albany,
Ga., the Scouts go to an island in
the St. John's river near May port, Fla.
The Jacksonville Y. M. C. A. is co-
operating in furnishing tents, cots,
mosquito nets and boats.
The Natural History Society grounds
at Lake Quinsigamond are to be used
by the Scouts of Worcester, Mass., who
will there study Scoutcraft in daily les-
sons and practice.
In New York State, several large
camps have been arranged. At Buffalo,
the use of Cascade Park has been tend-
ered the Scouts by the Buffalo, Roches-
ter and Pittsburgh Railroad. The water
has been analyzed and accommodations
provided for 100 Scouts a week during
July. Camp Merrill on the Pontoosuc
Lake, near Pittsfield, Mass., enrolls
Scouts from Albany and Troy as well
as from New England. On the west
shore of Miller Pond in Duchess
County, the Poughkeepsie Scouts will
have unusual opportunities at their two
New York City of necessity finds
some difficulty in sending all the Scouts
to camp. This season the Brooklyn
boys will' be allowed by the Interstate
Park Commission to hold an all summer
camp on Cedar Pond, near Nyack,
N. Y. Park Commissioner Stover, in
Manhattan, will build log cabins for
A small camp at Biddeford Pool, Me.,
will be held this summer by Scout Mas-
ter Bernard Sexton, of Greenwich,
Conn. He invites anv scout patrols ac-
companied by their Scout Masters to
come and camp on the ground, the use
of which will b® free to all. He will
•be glad to send information to any pa-
rents interested in the scheme.
Troop No. 1, of Crothersville, Ind.,
is arranging for an annual encampment
from July 21 to 28. All troops are cor-
dially invited to join them. With the
■co-operation of the citizens, merchants
and Fair Association of the town, prizes
will be awarded for Scout work.
CHIEF SCOUT SETON RETURNS.
Scout Masters all over the country
will be glad to know that Chief Scout
Seton returned from Europe. When
the big North German Lloyd steamer
docked he was welcomed by Chief Scout
Executive James E. West, Field Scout
Ludvig S. Dale, and a number of Scout
Masters and Scouts from Hoboken.
Even though he had a smooth trip the
Chief Scout admitted that he was more
at home in the woods than on the ocean.
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