Scouting, Volume 1, Number 6, July 1, 1913 Page: 3
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GO TO GETTYSBURG.
To Camp Near Field for Red Cross and Gen-
A SPLENDID instance of foresight
and thoughtfulness on the part of
Scout leaders is shown in the
preparations which are being made for
350 Boy Scouts to go from Philadelphia
to the Gettysburg battlefield. These
Sccr.ts will be ready to be of service
in any way possible to the veterans of
both the North and the South who will
gather on the historic battlefield to com-
memorate the event of one-half a cen-
tury ago. The boys simply will be on
hand as good Scouts, ready to be of
service to the veterans or to anybody else
The Scouts will have no official con-
nection with the encampment. Seventy-
two of them, however, have been as-
signed to the American Red Cross and
will be under the direction of Major
Charles Lynch. The boys will camp
outside the limits of the battlefield, be-
cause every available inch of space al-
ready has been assigned by the War
The Boy Scouts will be directly under
Mr. George D. Porter, Director of the
Public Safety of Philadelphia and Scout
Commissioner of Philadelphia. Mr. J.
Woodbridge Patton, Deputy Scout Com-
missioner of Philadelphia, will also be
on hand to look after the boys and to
assign them to special work.
VARIETY THE PRIME ESSENTIAL
OF THE SCOUT MASTER'S WORK.
By Samuel A. Moffat.
NEW SCOUT EDITOR.
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purpose Scouting is at the disposal
of all active boy workers. It means,
of course that the publication must
be increased in size and that various
departments and different lines of
work will be taken up.
For this work Mr. McGuire comes
thoroughly equipped. As a reporter
in New York, as assistant Sunday
editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press
and Dispatch, and as editor of their
scouting page, and then more re-
cently as publicity man for the St.
Paul Association of Commerce, Insti-
tute of Arts and Sciences, and the
Minnesota State Art Society, he has
had wide experience in many sorts
of editorial and publicity work, show-
ing himself to be an energetic, capa-
ble and efficient man. These quali-
fications, added to his complete com-
prehension of scouting gained by
close connection with the movement
since its introduction in America, makes
Mr. McGuire remarkably well fitted for
THE value of the Scout Movement
lies in the variety of its program.
It provides ways of attracting and
holding the attention of boys to the ac-
tivity which for the moment most inter-
ests them. As soon as interest in the
subject begins to wane, programs for
meeting or hike should be changed. A
Scout Master ought to learn just what
subject would be of next interest and
Most "one-feature" organizations for
boys lose their hold after a year or two
at the most because the drill, ritual or
other activity they are emphasizing be-
comes monotonous. The Scout Move-
ment, on the other hand, has provided
for the ever-changing character of the
growing boy. Each of its features
should be used only so long as the boy
wants it and should become of second,
third or even fourth importance as the
demand arises for something new.
The "hobbyist" has but one idea. He
sees the Scout Movement through his
own glasses, recognizes its attraction for
boys, and concludes it is attractive be-
cause it features his hobby. As soon as
he has organized a troop he teaches the
thing he is most interested in. In some
cases this is military drill. In other
cases athletic directors organize basket-
ball and conduct athletic meets, and so
on through the gamut of hobbies.
While these things undoubtedly have
their place in the training of a boy, they
soon lose their power to hold interest.
The Scout Master then begins to wonder
why the boys are giving up their "Scout
work." Could you talk with the boy
he would tell you frankly that he had no
further interest in the thing his Scout
Master was doing and that he wanted
some of the other features- of the Scout
Movement that other boys were getting.
Many times these boys write to National
Headquarters asking that we try to in-
terest someone who is familiar with
woodcraft, scoutcraft, camping, tracking,
etc., to become the Scout Master of
their troop so that they might qualify as
Second Class and First Class Scouts.
Of course, it is too much to expect the
average man to become expert in all
phases of Scoutcraft, but this does not
prevent the Scout Master from studying
the Movement, or from asking experts
to assist him in training his boys. The
Scout Master could, at least, familiarize
himself with the literature of the Move-
ment and the various suggestions that
have been made available by Headquar-
ters. Frankly speaking, it is disappoint-
ing to meet individuals who offer defi-
nite suggestions of things that Headquar-
ters ought to do, when these very things
had been worked out in detail and sent
to Scout Masters months before.
Scout Masters, analyze the work you
are doing with your troop. Are the boys
getting real Scout training? Are they
making adequate progress through Ten-
derfoot, Second Class and First Class
Scout requirements ? What feature of the
work can your troop demonstrate bet-
ter than any other troop in the com-
munity? Are the boys getting instruc-
tion in the things they want to do most,
or are you a "hobbyist," with but one
idea? If you are there can be no per-
manency to the work you are doing.
Undoubtedly what you accomplish will
prove of real service to the boys, so far
as it goes, but your ideal for boys should
be to give them the best," the bioad, lib--
eral, all-round development that will
come with daily advancement in Scout-
craft. Do not let "Good Enough" be-
come the enemy of "the Best."
CHARITY LETTERS CARRIED BY SCOUTS.
When the Federation of Philanthropy
and Charity of Cleveland, Ohio, decided
1o hold a complete canvass of the city
by letter for the purpose of relieving
the condition of the poor during the hot
weather, they turned to the Boy Scouts
to distribute the letters. Commissioner
J. S. Windisch gave out 20,000 to the
troops and told the boys that their dis-
tribution would count as a thousand good
YALE ALUHNI AS BOY SCOUTS.
The members of the class of 1910, of
Sheffield, Yale University, at their re-
union this spring, adopted the Boy Scout
costume for their appearance upon the
FOUR WAYS TO FIQHT THE FLY.
Donald B. Armstrong, Superintendent,
Bureau of Public Health and Hygiene
of New York, has appealed to the Boy
Scouts of America, to help in four dis-
tinct ways to fight the housefly. His sug-
gestions are as follows:
I. The construction of a sufficient num-
ber of fly-traps to supply the yards,
courtways, etc., of one city block.
II. A daily visit to those traps for the
purpose of baiting, removing the flies,
and seeing that the traps are maintained
in order and in their proper places.
III. The reporting of any unsanitary
conditions that may be observed, espe-
cially those apt to be fly breeding
IV. A daily inspection of the condi-
tions of the screens on the houses in the
block and a report of breaks to the
HEALTH OFFICER COnHENDS SCOUTS.
So effective was the work of the Boy
Scouts of Harrisburg, Pa., in the city
clean-up campaign, that John M. J.
Rannick, M. D., Health Officer of the
city, wrote to the Scout Masters and
boys commending them as follows:
"Appreciating the good work done by
the Boy Scouts of Harrisburgh during
our Municipal 'clean-up' week, and being
unable to thank you all personally, I
wish to say to you through your Scout
Masters that the work was highly com-
mendable in every respect. While this
is a new undertaking for you, it proves
your ability and usefulness as co-work-
ers in municipal work, especially in such
important matters as the health and wel-
fare of the carpmnnity. and I hope your
experience will arouse enthusiasm in
your ranks with the possibilities and
opportunities before you, and demand its
recognition and continuance."
SPECIAL CAMP FOR PROFICIENT SCOUTS
After the regular session of the Chi-
cago Camp at Crvstal Lake, there will
be held a camp for first class Scouts
who have shown unusual proficiency to
train them for special work as patrol
leaders. Beside the regular camp in-
structors the boys will have such leaders
as George H. Corsan, the famous swim-
mer, Samuel A. Moffat, National Field
Scout Commissioner, and Ernest Thomp-
son Seton, who will be guest of honor.
SUGGESTION FOR SCOUT EQUIPHENT.
B. S. Stringer, Scout Master of Troop
Three, Erie, Pennsylvania, makes the
interesting suggestion that in cities
where public manual training schools are
maintained, the Scout Commissioner
should interest the Superintendent of
the schools in making scout equipment
such as flag poles, staffs and camping
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