Scouting, Volume 1, Number 6, July 1, 1913 Page: 2
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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
tlonorary 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'I 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.
JULY 1, 1913.
WHAT SHALL WE DO?
THE expense in creating and main-
taining the Boy Scout Movement
in this country has up to date
been met by a small group of people
who considered it unwise to handicap
the work during the period of organ-
ization by a general appeal for funds.
During the past y^ar an effort has
been made to secure financial support
from a greater number of people
throughout the whole country. Inci-
dent to this effort, the suggestion has
come from Scouts, Scout Masters and
other Scout officials in various parts
of the country that the Scout Move-
ment should be developed on a self-
supporting basis and that the boys
themselves should be given an oppor-
tunity to do something definite in this
direction. Indeed, it has been urged
very strongly that our attitude here-
tofore on this subject has been incon-
sistent with the claim that in the Boy
—Scout Movement the boys pay their
experimental stage. Its permanency
is now assured. It has been officially
recognized as an institution of learn-
ing by the United States Government
and assumed its place as an educa-
tional factor which commands the
sympathy and support of men of all
classes and all creeds. It is helping
approximately 300,000 boys.
The bills to date have been paid by
voluntary contributions, but should we
not now plan for the future on a broad,
comprehensive and sound financial
What shall we do?
Should the Boy Scout Movement be
taken out of the class of pure philan-
thropy and charity and some plan de-
volved of self-support by membership
Is it in full harmony with the spirit
of the Scput Movement and for the
best interests of the movement to de-
pend entirely upon voluntary contribu-
tions for its administration?
Please express yourself frankly to
us on this question. Perhaps it might
be helpful to discuss this with your
boys and get their point of view.
What shall we do? Advise us.
Watch for the newspaper accounts of
the Scouts at Gettysburg. No, they are
not going to take part in parade or
make a show of themselves, but will be
on hand prepared to render practical
On this page we print a letter from
Dr. Buffum, of Wyoming, commenting
on the suggestion from Scout Master
Gray, of Montclair, N. J., that boys pay
an annual membership fee. What do
you think of this, or would it be better,
as some have suggested, to provide for
an annual troop membership in the
. The Scout Movement has passed the
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.
THE DUTY OF THE BOY SCOUT.
By Dr. O. h. Buffum, S. 1*1., Sheridan, Wyo.
IN regard to the letter of Mr. Frank
F. Gray in Scouting, I think his
suggestion is a good one. If each
Scout in the United States were required
to send 50 cents to the support of
Headquarters he would take a greater
interest in the work and it would mean
more to him. The troops could raise
the money by personal contributions
from each boy or by any money raising
stunt as a troop.
I think every Boy Scout should be
obliged to subscribe for Boys' Life. It
is really indispensable for every active
Scout and is well worth the dollar you
ask outsiders for it. With every Boy
Scout contributing a cent a week or fifty
cents a year to Headquarters and also a
subscriber to Boys' Life, together with
the profit from the enlarged supply de-
partment, our organization would not
only be self-supporting but would be
enabled to extend the work by putting
a number of field men cn the road.
EXTRA COPIES OF
"SCOUTING" AT COST.
NUMEROUS requests have come to
National Headquarters for extra
copies of Scouting. We have en-
deavored to supply them but after con-
sideration it has finally been decided not
to send Scouting free of charge to per-
sons who are not officials of the Boy
Scouts of America. In other words, all
Scout Masters, Scout Commissioners,
Secretaries of the Local Council and the
members of the National Council re-
ceive copies of Scouting. If, however,
Secretaries of Local Councils desire ad-
ditional copies, they will be furnished
at the subscription price of 50 cents a
FOR SCOUT MASTERS.
By William F. Rosenblum, S. 1*1., Troop No. 10,
I SUGGEST that Scout Masters in the
future be required to make a study
of child psychology and primary
pedagogic method and to pass an exam-
ination in the subjects before being
The task of the Scout Master is not
easy. He deals with the children at an
age when they are most unsteady. He
has no hold on them but the interest
of the movement. Unlike the school or
the church the co-operation of the par-
ents is at most of a passive character.
He must, therefore, be one who can
present the teachings of the Scout
Movement to the boys in both an inter-
esting and scientific manner. Many men
would be better Scout Masters if they
understood better the workings of the
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