Scouting, Volume 1, Number 6, July 1, 1913 Page: 4
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WHAT SOME SCOUT TROOPS
ARE DOING FOR OTHERS.
Ideas Which May Be of Help to You.
<4/COMMUNITY service" is an
often repeated phrase, but Scout
Masters occasionally have diffi-
culty in thinking of concrete ways by
which their troop can be of assistance
to their town or cities.
The following wrinkles have been suc-
cessfully tried in various places:
MORMONS AFFILIATED WITH SCOUT WORK.
Organized Society of 15,000 Joins Scouts in a Body.
Boy Scouts of Alpena, Mich., recently
set out 1,000 pine trees in Potter Park.
At Little Falls, N. Y., the boys, armed
with brooms and improvised torches
soaked in kerosene oil, wage war on
A feature of Commissioner Frank F.
Gray's work in Montclair, N. J., is a
parent's troop, which recently met to
discuss vacation plans for the boys.
For the purpose of assisting Scouts in
raising money for their annual encamp-
ment, an employment bureau has been
established at the Y. M. C. A. of Staun-
In New Jersey, G. H. Neidlinger,
Scout Commissioner of East Orange, re-
ports that through the New Jersey Fish
and Game Commission plans have been
worked out so that all Commissioners
and Scout Masters in that State may be-
come Deputy Game Wardens and certain
boys in each patrol become members of
a fish and game patrol. The state sup-
plies a badge, and violations are to be
reported through the Scout Masters to
the Game Wardens, one-half the fines
being paid to the troop.
A SUMMER CAMP FARM.
By O. L. Chaney, S. C., Burlington, Iowa.
The camp farm which I am running
this summer is located at Onekama,
Michigan, where we have 200 acres
under cultivation. We have started in
on a small scale, not attempting to culti-
vate all of it. I am taking a few boys
from Burlington and would take a few
more from other places provided they
are the right kind of boys and are will-
ing to comply with the rules of the
camp. I hope to be able to give a good
report in the fall so I will not say too
much about it at this early date. The
scheme is to make it an all-summer
camp for the boys and have them work
about one fourth of the time on the
farm. That would be about two hours
per day. Some days we might work
more and others not at all, as we would
take hikes or go fishing for an all-day
trip. I want to make it interesting for
the boys and make it a good schooling
at the same time.
MR. DALE OFF FOR NORWAY.
Ludvig S. Dale. National Field Scout
Commissioner, sailed on the steamship
Kristianiaf jord on Tuesday, June 24, to
Norway, where he will remain until
August 15. While Mr. Dale will visit
his relatives, he will devote much time
to studying the Scouts in Norway, and
telling them about the Boy Scouts of
PLANS have been worked out by the
leaders of the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica by which is expected more than
15,000 Mormon boys will take up Scout-
ing. Those boys are members of the
Young Men's Mutual Improvement As-
sociation organized in Mormon Churches
throughout the country. Many groups
within the Mutual Improvement Asso-
ciation have already taken up Scouting,
and their enthusiasm over it was so great
that the Athletic Committee of the or-
ganization made a thorough investigation
and asked permission to incorporate
Scoutcraft in their athletic activities.
The affiliation of the Mormon scouts
of the Boy Scouts of America was made
on the conditions that the general board
of the Young Men's Mutual Improve-
ment Association should appoint a field
worker and that this field worker should
receive a special commission from the
National Council of the Boy Scouts of
America. That man will have jurisdic-
tion over all the M. I. A. scouts, and
will have active charge of their devel-
In other words, the Mormon Church
has taken up scouting for its boys in
practically the same way that the Cath-
olic Church took it up. The Catholic
Church has approved of the idea of
forming scout troops with Catholic
leaders at the head of them.
The committee on Mutual Improve-
ment who took up the work of affiliation
were L. R. Martineau, Hyram M. Smith,
Oscar M. Kirkham, B. F. Grant, B. S.
Kinckley, John H. Taylor. John H.
Taylor was chosen as the M. I. A. Scout
Commissioner and Oscar M. Kirkham
was selected as traveling field secretary.
The work of organizing went quickly on
and on June 7th a big scout demonstra-
tion was held.
The work of amalgamating the M. I.
A. boys with the Boy Scout organization
was accomplished by Samuel A. Moffat,
National Field Scout Commissioner,
who spent several days in Salt Lake
City with the Committee on Athletics,
and also Brigham H. Roberts, who is
next in authority in the Mormon Church
to Joseph Smith, the president.
CHICAGO CAMP IDEAL.
The splendid camp purchased and
equipped by the Chicago Board of
Trade for the Scouts of that city is
described in a prospectus full of alluring
statements. The dining hall seats 200
boys at a time and professional cooks
will provide the meals. An ice house
and cooling room "mean well kept pro-
visions,—also- ice cream!" A camera
club dark room will accommodate ten
boys, at once, while another ten can be
busy with the wood-working tools at
the manual training shop. Nature study
will be held outdoors and in, with a
compound microscope for the latter
work. . .
The boys will have every encourage-
ment to advance their scout grades, in-
cluding a special camp court of honor.
Woodcraft will be taught by competent
instructors. There are splendid swim-
ming advantages, with a roped enclosure
for beginners, under adult instruction,
and a pier, float and diving tower for
the experienced. Life guards will patrol
in boats. Even a well equipped store
is provided for the boys though the note
is added "Unnecessary expenditures dis-
couraged." All in all, Chicago is to be
congratulated upon the prospect of hav-
ing a model boy scout camp.
RULES FOR SCOUT MASTERS.
The following ten suggestions for
Scout Masters outlined by the Buffalo
Headquarters will, we are sure, interest
many of our leaders:
1. Every meeting or hike should have
a program with a well defined though
generally unannounced purpose.
2. Do not allow meetings to drag—
they should be opened and closed on
3. Demand punctual obedience to or-
ders. Scouts should salute and respond
with a "Sir," when addressing or being
addressed by a Scout Master.
4. Use your patrol leaders,—make the
5. Have your Scouts meet the require-
ments so that they will realize their
worth and make practical use of them.
6. Teach your Scouts to help them-
selves,—as well as others.
7. Put a premium on progress.
8. Secure and retain the co-operation
9. Always keep your promise to a
10. Keep Scout Headquarters in touch
with what you are doing.
SCOUTS TEST OOVERHHENT LEATHER.
Tests in the wearing qualities of dif-
ferently treated samples of leather will
be made by Boy Scouts of Washington,
D. C., at the special request of the
Bureau of Chemistry Leather and Paper
Laboratory. Fifty pair of "bare-foot"
sandals have been made and turned over
to the boys. A complete record will be
kept of these; thev will be inspected and
checked up by officials, and when worn
out in any place a thorough test of the
different methods of repairing and pre-
serving will be made
COLLEGE PLANS FOR SCOUTS.
A new departure of the Buffalo, N. Y.,
Council is a special committee to advise
boys desirous of a college education as
to the best means of earning money and
the advantages of the different colleges
along particuTar lines. The committee
is composed of three well known Buffalo
men—Scout Master Irving R. Temple-
ton, Mr. Walter L. Brown, and Mr. Seth
S. Spencer, Jr. Scout Commissioner G.
Barrett Rich, Jr., has sent letters to the
city Scout Masters and plenty of Scouts
should be found to avail themselves of
this very unique and valuable help.
STATE EXAMINATION ESSAY ON SCOUTS.
One of the tests submitted in Enerlish
by the New York State Educational De-
partment in examination of applicants
for admission to college, required the
students to write an essay on "What It
Means to Be a Boy Scout."
CITY'S FLAG CARED FOR BY SCOUTS.
The city authorities of Norman, Okla.,
have given the Scouts entire custody of
the larsre American flae used in the city
park. Boys are detailed by patrols to see
that the flag is raised at sunrise and
lowered at sunset every day, and every
boy is eager for his turn to come.
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