Scouting, Volume 1, Number 5, June 15, 1913 Page: 3
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MOTHERS APPROVE OF SCOUTING.
Many Letters Suggest Scout Masters May Find Women Helpful in Work.
SCOUTING is generally regarded
as a purely masculine undertaking.
But from some letters received at
National Headquarters and by officials
throughout the country, there seems to
be a large field of possible co-operation
which some Scout Masters have
neglected. Mothers of Scouts seem
fully as interested in the work as the
boys' fathers, and often their sugges-
tions and criticisms would throw new
light on problems which have perplexed
even men who have once been boys.
Mrs. Frank Boyer of Marion, Ind.,
is enthusiastic over what the Scouts ac-
complish. She writes "I want to say a
few words in praise of the vast amount
of good the movement is doing and will
continue to do for our boys. If all
Scouts strictly obey the laws and teach -
ings of the organization they cannot
fail to become good citizens and per-
fect gentlemen. I have informed my-
self about the order because my own son
is a Scout, patrol leader of first Marion
troop. He is very enthusiastic about
the work and has composed a song,
embracing the words of the twelve
scout laws, as a means to help the boys
remember their obligation."
From Mrs. Frederick Ward of Win-
ter Park, Fla., comes a letter which
shows a keen insight into boy nature
and a great appreciation of the best
aspects of the movement. In this let-
ter she says:
"You would be surprised, unless you
know boys and their likes and natural
bent, tn see how they take hold of this
work. I was surprised anyway. They
spend all the spare evening hours study-
ing the 'scout book,' and my boys have
worn one completely out. I am held
up at all hours io. teach them 'first aid
to the injured,' 'cooking,' etc. One of
my boys is developing into a really
very good little cook.
"At "'present it isj. birds,—they are
making 'bird lists' and writing descrip-
tions of birds they do not know. I
haven't been able yet to find the name
of an inexpensive bird book for them.
Do you know of one? A year ago they
wanted air-guns to shoot the poor
little birds, but now they want to pro-
tect and feed them. I have tried to
teach them this, myself, but it needed a
banded company to instil these things.
Alone they felt babyish about it and
thought I couldn't see as they did, T
'looked at things as girls did,' and bovs
at their age do not want to be 'girlish.' "
Mrs. C. H. Jacquot of Minneapolis,
Minn., has written a typical mother
letter to C. W. Hadden, Scout Com-
missioner of Minneapolis, in which she
tells what Scouting lias done for the
boys of a city neighborhood.
"I would like to tell you," she writes,
"of the good the Scout work has done
for my son and the neighborhood in
which I live.
"Two or three years ago there were
a great many boys in our neighborhood.
There were seven in our block between
the ages of ten and fourteen. It was
considered a good neighborhood and the
boys were as a good as they generally
are. But there was not much amuse-
ment, so after school and on holidays
they wandered about, some times as
many as twelve or more in a group,
looking for something to do.
"Often they built shacks out of old
boards and a hole in the ground; or
they would stow themselves away in a
near-by wood-yard and no one know
what was going on. It was quite cer-
tain that there was one who could teach
them something they did not know of
mischief or worse, so that the mothers
were rather anxious about those meet-
"■Other times they just ran around
through the yards and alleys, bothering
people who had no boys, climbing tele-
phone poles, etc. Whatever they did
usually ended in a fight, so that people
fairly dreaded the time for school to
"These were not the bad boys of the
city, but just the ordinary boys living
in a good neighborhood.
What a Change.
"Then came the Scout movement and
what a change! All of the boys are
good friends now; there is no more
fighting, or very seldom any. They are
all trying to live up to the Scout rules
and doing at least one good turn a day.
There have been the hikes into the
country on Saturdays and holidays to
look forward to. And what a relief
to the mothers to know their boys were
having such a good time in the care
of some good man!
"Besides all this they are learning so
much that will help them as they grow
up. In fact, it is a fine start, for a
good Scout is sure to become a good
"I want to thank you and the men
who have started the Scout work for
the help you have been to my son and
Mrs. Bernice Babcock, author of
many books and deeply interested in
"Clean Politics," is doing everything
within her power to spread the work.
She writes: "I have a son who is a
Scout. Nothing he has ever been con-
nected with has brought more manhood
to the surface in so short a time—the
sort of manhood that combines gentle-
ness with strength in a determination
to follow a clear vision.
"I am not for 'peace at any price.'
It is cowardice not to fight when jus-
tice is an issue on a moral question.
But I am for peace opposed to wars of
conquest. I note some lively opposition
from quarters as widely different as
Quakers and Socialists, both these
bodies opposing the movement because
of its military features. I have not
seen or heard of anything warlike in
my sort's training to this time."
A JUNIOR COURT OF HONOR.
A new departure of the Nyack, N. Y.,
Scouts is a Junior Court of Honor,
composed of the patrol leaders and
assistants, which meets once a month
to decide the troop policies on dis-
puted questions and also plan future
activities. The Scout Master reports
that the responsibility which he has
placed upon these boys has brought
them out and made them far more ener-
getic and competent in managing their
BOYS' WORK CONFER-
ENCE AT CULVER.
TWO weeks' attendance at the First
General Assembly of the Associa-
tion Workers with Boys at Culver,
Ind., furnished exceptional opportunities
of getting first-hand information upon
the real value of the Boy Scout program
as it is actually being worked out by
a group of men who are giving their
entire time to boys' work. Every sec-
tion of the country was represented.
Most of the men present were connected
with the Y. M. C. A. One-third of
all the men are Scout Masters or Com-
missioners. Many of the others were
either identified with the local councils
or are taking some active part in the
development of the Scout Movement in
The reports submitted by the men
from the Southern States, Georgia, Ala-
bama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas,
Oklahoma and Texas, were most en-
couraging. These men were most en-
thusiastic about the present plans for
Scouting in these States, and the possi-
bilities of strong future development.
Although the arranged program in-
cluded only a discussion of the more
general phases of boys' work yet, owing
to the general feeling among the men
present that Scouting has become an
important factor in connection with their
work, a group conference was arranged.
Mr. West, upon request, first made a
general statement regarding the aims and
methods of the Movement and then
called especial attention to the broad
scheme offered for co-operation with
the existing organizations. An oppor-
tunity for discussion was then offered.
The universal testimony as to the
value of the Scout program and the ac-
tual results in the lives of boys in the
community was most gratifying.
The following statements coming from
men at Culver and others who are mak-
ing boys' work their life work are sig-
"I believe the Scout Movement is
rendering three very great services:
(1) The cultivation of universal appre-
ciation of the value of outdoor life for
boys. (2) The development of a liter-
ature suggestive of things that boys can
do. (3) Placing emphasis upon the
leadership of groups of boys by quali-
"I consider it one of the most sig-
nificant undertakings of the present
"I believe it one of the greatest
movements of the day for interesting
boys in their own development and in
service to others."
"It is of greatest service to our work."
"Boy Scout work is the liveliest ac-
tivity in our Association."
"One of our best activities."
"Excellent results in our Association
have convinced me of its great possi-
"Most valuable feature of our work."
"We had to organize our troop at
urgent request of boys."
"We have had Scouts in our Asso-
ciation ever since the organization was
Such hearty indorsement is evidence
that the Boy Scout Movement is being
used by existing organizations that are
concerned with the development of the
physical, social, mental and moral de-
velopment of boys.
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