Scouting, Volume 1, Number 5, June 15, 1913 Page: 4
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PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY NA-
TIONAL HEADQUARTERS, BOY
SCOUTS OF AMERICA, FOR
SCOUT OFFICIALS AND OTHERS
INTERESTED IN THE BOY
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUN-
CIL AND EXECUTIVE BOARD
Honorary President: Woodrow Wilson.
Honorary Vice-President: William H. Taft.
Honorary Vice-President: Theodore Roosevelt.
President: Colin H. Livingstone, Washington.
Chief Scout: Ernest Thompson Seton.
Nat'l Scout Commissioner: Daniel C. Beard.
Treasurer: George D. Pratt, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Chief Scout Executive: James E. West, N. Y. C.
Office of Publication: 200 Fifth Avenue,
New York City
Entered as second-class matter at the Post
Office, New York, N. Y., under the
act of August 24, 1912.
JUNE 15, 1913
THE information given in this issue
of Scouting about summer schools
open for Scout Masters will doubt-
less result in many men enrolling in
some one of the various courses. The
genuine interest already manifested by
a number of universities in the Scout
movement, as shown by the care they
have taken in working out courses in
leadership especially attractive to those
engaged in Scout-work, is very encour-
aging. It proves the wisdom of the
policy of National Headquarters in de-
ciding not to have a school of its own
this year but, instead, to co-operate with
other agencies which would provide a
course in leadership. It is sincerely
hoped that those who have gone to the
expense of providing these courses will
have no reason to doubt the appreciation
of the men engaged in Scoutwork. The
practical way to show your appreciation
is to enroll in some one oi the schools
"I want to ask you to write to out-
Scout Master and try to get him to take
more interest in Scoutcraft. He has
not held a meeting since about April the
twenty-first. Several times he has held
a meeting and fixed a date to go on a
hike. Every one would be ready to go.
We would go after the Scout Master
only to find that he had gone on a picnic
with another bunch. Would you mind
writing to me and give us Scouts some
advice as to what we had better do?"
It will help every Scout Master if oc-
casionally he stops and considers the
viewpoint of the boy in carrying out his
Scoutwork. Boys are seldom unjust in
WHAT THE BOY THINKS.
National headquarters re-
ceives a great many letters from
boys and quite often they show
clearly the boy's viewpoint regarding the
Scout Master in a way which would
probably startle the Scout Master con-
cerned. The following letter speaks for
iO'YS' LIFE" has been published
by the Boy Scout Movement for
just one year. With the help of
those engaged in Scoutwork it has been
greatly improved and its actual sub-
scription list is now five times what it
was when the magazine was purchased.
a certain number of Scout Masters have
been especially helpful. They respond
promptly to every request. Others, so
far as we know, have done nothing
whatever. Indeed, quite a number have
not even subscribed. What have you
Plans for the next year insure even
a better publication. These plans can
only be carried out, however, by greatly
increasing the circulation so as to secure
an income from advertising. Note the
special summer offer on page two and
show your interest by acting promptly.
The items in this magazine are
intended not only for the informa-
tion of Scout Masters but also for
newspapers. Every Scout Official is
urged to interest the news editor of
the local newspaper in the publica-
tion of at least one item therefrom.
SCOUT Masters will find the annual
report of Chief Scout Executive
West a veritable mine of informa-
tion about the movement and of inspira-
tion for their own work. a copy of this
sixty-four page booklet will be sent
shortly to every scout official. Inside the
attractive cover will be found a remark-
ably comprehensive account of the year's
activities, with reports from the Finance
Committee, that on organization and
field supervision, the Book Department
and many others. In addition there are
numerous illustrations, among them a
reproduction of the map at Headquarters
showing the spread of Scout work, and
some very interesting statistics.
By Ormond E. Loomis,
Scout Commissioner, Boston.
I AM frequently impressed with the fact,
as are doubtless many men actively
interested in the Boy Scout Movement,
that the duty of a Scout Master covers
more than is definitely expressed in the
Scout requirements. Scout Masters gen-
erally are to be highly recommended
for their consistent effort to live as
worthy exemplars in strict obedience to
the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law,
but their obligations extend farther than
some have induced themselves to believe.
Every virtue that contributes to greater
self-control, efficiency and success is
fittingly a Scout virtue and can with
propriety be so emphasized.
One that should be given special at-
tention in some quarters and considera-
tion in all is thoroughness,—that sort
of thoroughness which gives dignity and
strength to every effort. Too frequent-
ly it happens that Scouts are permit-
ted to present themselves for examina-
tion in a branch of their work without
seriously desiring promotion or being
prepared for it. Such uninterested
Scouting is harmful in its effect and
should never be tolerated. Evils of this
nature are exceeded only by those in
which boys are allowed to pass into
higher ranking upon examinations which
are mere pretenses—a sham that is re-
sponsible for the "Your-organization,
Tt is entirely natural that Scouts
meeting such conditions should lose
their respect for their leader, Scout
program, in fact all connected with
Scouting, and be so discouraged that
they settle back in lazy indifference or
half-hearted concern as to their promo-
tions. One may frequently observe that
the laxity of some Scout Masters has
meant the unmaking of their good in-
tentions. With due regard for the play
element in Scouting, which essentially
should be made large, Scout Masters
will find their work increasingly profit-
able as they are able to have everything
done with thoroughness. That need not,
in fact must not, mean arduousness, but
every Scout Master must see to it that
his Scouts take their work seriously and
complete it with thoroughness.
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