Scouting, Volume 1, Number 5, June 15, 1913 Page: 8
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SCOUTS IN MOTION PICTURES. FREE MOSQUITO EXTERMINATOR.
Headquarters Authorizes the Reels.
THE leaders of the Boy Scouts of
America, after much careful
thought, have arranged for exten-
sive moving pictures telling in a drama-
tic way the motives and scope of the
Scout Movement. The literary work
is being done by Robert MacCulloch, a
magazine writer and dramatist of high
talent. The set of pictures including
four or five reels, is "The Scout," and
depicts a story that will grip every boy
and every Scout Master.
This set of pictures, however, which
soon will be on the market, is entirely
different from a set of pictures which
have been prepared by the Ramo Film
Company, and which are now on the
market. The films of the Ramo Company,
called "The Sons of a Soldier," are
military in purpose and depict a sham
battle. They show also a Scout send-
ing a wireless message to President
Wilson. We wish to have all Scout
Masters and Scouts connected' with the
Boy Scouts of America understand
clearly that the reel prepared under our
direction is non-military in scope, and
follows out the ideas which in the be-
ginning the leaders of this organization
have sought to promote as to interna-
tional peace, and we also would have
everyone understand clearly that we
strongly disapprove of any scouting
bordering on militarism.
SCOUTS RUN PRINTING PRESS.
A new Scout publication, issued by a
Jersey City troop was given the name
"Scouting," but will hereafter be issued
as "Scoutcraft." The Scout Master,
Rev. Arthur H. Brown, owns a small
press on which the boys set type and
issue the paper. Expenses are paid by
a few advertisements and the paper is
distributed without charge. Incidentally,
the boys have acquired the newspaper
reading habit through looking for Scout
items. At a recent entertainment enough
was raised to send the troop on a camp-
ing trip down the Shrewsbury River.
RED CROSS CAR ITINERARY.
All the Scout Masters in the South
will be interested in the itinerary of
the American Red Cross Car No. 3, in
charge of Dr. M. J. Shields. We hope
every one will take advantage of this
splendid opportunity. The itinerary
Palestine, Texas 15 17
Houston, Texas 18 19
Galveston, Texas .... 19 20
Valley Jet. or Hearn,
Texas 21 22
Taylor, Texas 22 23
Austin, Texas 23 24
San Antonio, Tex 24 26
Laredo, Texas 27 28
Mart or Waco, Texas. 29 30
Fort Worth, Texas.... 30
"Killarvae" Distributed to Scouts.
Dr. A. E. Nienstadt, of Hoboken, will
supply Scout Masters through National
Headquarters with a preparation called
"Killarvae," which kills mosquitoes and
other injurious insects. While deadly
to insects, this new preparation does
not affect fish, frogs and other forms
of water life. Dr, Nienstadt explains
that his preparation is superior to the
crude oil process for exterminating mos-
quitoes whereby they can be destroyed
only after they become "wrigglers" and
appear on the surface of the water in
swamps, ditches and other stagnant
pools. Crude oil forms a layer on the
surface, preventing the wrigglers from
breathing, but often there is a break in
the oily film and thus they get access
to the air. The Nienstadt preparation,
in liquid and powder form, is said to
kill off mosquitoes effectively. Applica-
tion for this material should be made
to the Boy Scouts of America.
AN ERROR CORRECTED.
In a recent issue of Scouting an
error was made in referring to a troop
of Scouts in Pasadena, California, under
the leadership of Major R. H. Lee, as
connected with the Boy Scouts of
America. This is an independent group
of boys calling themselves the Pasadena
Scouts, and having no connection with
the organization in that city.
Among the many accounts of Boy
Scout clean-up weeks, ^the story of the
work of the Yonkers troop holds high
rank. The Civic League of the city
inaugurated a clean-up week beginning
May 19, and the Boy Scouts were asked
to turn in and set an example to their
Through the city runs a small stream
known as the NTepperhan. A large part
of the business and residential sections
and some of the less desirable neighbor-
hoods of the city front on this river,
and for years barrels, tin cans and all
imaginable rubbish have impeded its
course. The formidable task of clearing
up the river was,given to the Scouts and
about 150 turned to and accomplished
it in record time. • The Department of
Public Works furnished the boys with
rakes and barrels to receive the rubbish
and carts to carry it away. During the
work of the removal the boys made up
and sang a cheerful song, about their
labors. Each b.oy was furnished with a
white badge reading "Yonkers Clean
City Campaign. Boy Scouts, Nepperhan
HONTHLY INTER=TROOP CONTESTS
D. O. Hibbard, Scout Commissioner
of Indianapolis, has arranged for the
Scouts of his -city, a monthly contest
comprising four parts. First, essays giv-
ing report of hikes are submitted by
First Class Scouts representing different
troops. Next the Scouts compete in
sending a .-twenty word message by
semaphore and wigwagging. Then fol-
lows a fire-building contest in which
three bovs from each troop may partici-
pate. Finally , there is-a troop stunt in
which at least one-half of the members
of each troop take part.
SCOUT COnnENCEHENT EXERCISES.
The commencement exercises for the
grammar schools of San Tacinto, Cal.,
were Camp Fire Girl and Boy Scout
affairs exclusively. The girls made their
own graduation dresses and the boys
wore Scout suits. The programme was
under the direction of the pupils and
included music, class history and
soeeches. The Scout Master, Mr. C.
Green, arranged the affair and it was an
immense success, converting many dis-
believers to the value of the two move-
A BROTHERHOOD FOR BOYS.
Secretary Bryan Praises Scouts.
William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of
State, always has a good word for the
Scouts. When asked to the rally in
Richmond, Virginia, he was detained in
Washington by pressure of business, but
he sent a greeting which was full of
praise and hope. In his letter he said:
"I regret that I cannot see your demon-
stration of Scout work. To 'Be Pre-
pared' is a Scout's motto, and I have
no doubt you have practiced so dili-
gently that you can show the people of
Richmond just what Scouts learn and
do. Further, I know you will do your
best each day to live up to the Scout
law, to do your duty and help others.
"You are members of a great brother-
hood for boys. You have Scout
brothers in nearly every civilized coun-
try in the world, all doing the same
things. Together you can help greatly
to effect a true and lasting understand-
ing between the nations of the earth,
help them to understand that love of
your own country does not involve
hatred of anybody else's country, and
in your own place each of you will find
many opportunities for public service.
"A great chance is yours. To live in
the open, to learn the secrets of field
and stream, to find health and joy in
tracking, trailing, woodcraft, and camp-
ing; that is a wonderful privilege and
I sincerely trust you will prove your
appreciation of it by bending every ef-
fort to keep yourself physically strong,
mentally awake and morally straight,
and by doing a good turn every day."
TEA AND COFFEE UNNECESSARY.
Scout Master W. B. Lorraine, of
Richmond, Va., has taken exception to
Scout Commissioner C. B. Horton's sug-
gestion in his article in Scouting of May
15th, entitled "Preparing for a Scout
Camp," wherein Mr. Horton suggests
tea and coffee for the bill of fare. Scout
Master Lorraine, who is a doctor, be-
lieves that normal, vigorous boys do not
"On my last Scout Camp in the Val-
ley of Virginia, when I had eighteen
boys with me, tea and coffee were not
allowed. After our dip and rub down at
6:30 A. M., although the Shenandoah
River was very cold, the boys without
exception were in fine form and needed
no other stimulant. We returned to
Richmond without having had one sick
boy during the fourteen days. Although
on our long hikes we often made twenty-
four miles per day, each boy gained in
weight not less than four pounds, and
our meals cost 5 1-3 cents per plate. I
think that the use of tea and coffee
should be prohibited in camp."
MORE PICTURES WANTED.
Many Scout Masters responded to our
last appeal for photographs, but even yet
we have not obtained all we wish. We
especially want pictures of Scout activi-
ties that will illustrate the Scout laws
and requirements. We guarantee the
safe return of all pictures after they
have been reproduced.
WIDE CORRESPONDENCE CIRCLE.
Troop No. 4 of Coatesville, Penna.,
has members who correspond with boys
in Japan, Ireland, Wales, England and
Australia, and also with Scouts in North
Carolina, California, Illinois, Florida
and several other states.
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