Scouting, Volume 1, Number 6, July 1, 1913 Page: 1

Published semi-monthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
Vol. I
NEW YORK, N. Y., JULY 1,1913
No. 6
Cross-Country Race Alade Possible Only By
THE Relay Race of the Boy Scouts
from Washington to Chicago to
celebrate the opening of the Pre-
Olympic Carnival in Chicago was per-
haps the most striking example up to
date of what the Boy Scouts can do
by co-operation. More than 1,500
Scouts took part in carrying a message
from President Wilson and Secretary
of State Bryan to Mayor Carter Harri-
son of Chicago. The journey, a dis-
tance of 775 miles, was covered, in
about four days. Of course, with rail-
roads and aeroplanes now-a-days, that
is no record breaking speed, but it is a
splendid demonstration of what the
united energy of the boys of the country
can do. On mile after mile, from Wash-
ington to Chicago, there was a Boy Scout
ready to seize the message from his
predecessor and pass it along with un-
diminished speed to another eager run-
ner. There were a few breaks in the
line where other schoolboys helped out,
but the chain was practically unbroken
on the long stretch of country.
It is also interesting that in order to
complete the plans for this unusual
event the entire co-operation of all
people interested in the movement, from
the highest officials at National Head-
quarters to the smallest patrol along
the line, was necessary. Scout Masters
everywhere helped in compiling lists,
figuring distances and going over the
course. The whole event was arranged
i.i about two weeks' time.
Now, there were gaps in the line.
The race served to stir up interest in
these towns and many of them began to
ask "Why haven't we any Scouts to
join the others?" If the race were to
be run again a month hence, would
there be the same gaps? Are their
neighbors going to be slow to pass
along a good thing?
The Boy Scouts who ran should be
proud of the way in which each fulfilled
his part, for every boy knew that on
one lap at least, the race depended upon
him alone. It proved an easy task to
enlist the co-operation of all good Scouts
along that extensive route. But often
the same complete co-operation is needed
for something more than a fast race, and
after this object lesson of what can be
done by all pulling together it should
need no urging to inspire them to "do it
W. P. McGuire to Direct New Editorial
WP. McGUIRE, formerly a
reporter on the New York
• Sun and the New York
Times, and more recently assistant
Sunday editor for the St. Paul
Pioneer Press and Dispatch, comes to
National Headquarters on July 1 to
take charge of Boys' Life, Scouting and
publicity affairs. These three lines of
work thereafter will be united under one
head. Mr. McGuire will work under
the Editorial Board and Chief Scout
Executive West.
Who Will Assume Editorial Duties in July.
It is the aim of the leaders of the
Scout movement to develop the
official publications in keeping with
the rapidly growing number of Boy
Scouts. Changes will be made in
Boys' Life in a manner that will make
the publication appeal to Scouts,
Scout Masters and to boys through-
out the country. Similar changes
and greater development will take
place in Scouting. With the develop-
ment of the movement and the in-
crease in the number of Scout
Masters there have come many new
problems which mUst be discussed
openly with Scout officials. For that
(Confirmed on Pa^e •"?)
1650 Boys Cleverly Demonstrate Scout
L ( HILADELPHIA showed more
individuality, more efficiency, and
more practical understanding of
Scoutcraft than any camp I have ever
visited. Their order, discipline, and gen-
eral behavior were fine and intelligent.
They are what Scouts should be." With
these words Dan Beard, National Scout
Commissioner, described the encampment
of the Philadelphia Scouts on Decoration
Day. Commissioner Beard's comments
and reports that have come in from
other sources justify the statement that
the encampment was a step forward in
every way in Scoutcraft, and prove that
the Philadelphia Scouts are making
steady progress. There were 1.650 Scouts
present, about 1,406 of whom camped on
the ground for two days. Dan Beard,
National Scout Commissioner; George
D. Porter, Philadelphia Scout Commis-
sioner and Director of Public Safety;
Col. Beitler of Governor Tener's staff;
and Superintendent of Police Robinson
inspected camp Friday morning and
rated the troops upon their showing.
The program of the exhibition consisted
of regulation Scout activities in the
morning and demonstrations of troop
"specialties" in the afternoon.
Prizes were offered for originality in
these, and the judgings were close. Troop
No. 1 illustrated the scout laws in
action, the blind boys built pyramids with
amazing sureness, and Troop No. 42 il-
lustrated "bandits" burning a liut and
Scouts saving it. The bandaging spe-
cialties for such difficult injuries as
burn on the head by explosion, broken
shoulder, hemorrhage of the neck and
broken jaw were excellent, and it was
very difficult to judge between them.
First aid contests were won by Troops
46, 6 and 4.
Concerning the Field Day, J. W. Pat-
ton, Scout Commissioner, wrote: "When
I say that during our Field Day we
had really no occasion for a doctor, al-
though there were some 1,600 boys pres-
ent, you will understand what pains we
took to care for our Scouts."
Dan Beard, in his letter, said:
"As National Scout Commissioner I
congratulate you on the magnifi-
cent showing at your outdoor camp. I
was particularly delighted with the real
Scouting spirit I found displayed there
among the boys and their officers. It
was undoubtedly the most successful and
best attended Outdoor Meet of the Bov
Scouts which has yet occurred anywhere."

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