Scouting, Volume 1, Number 7, July 15, 1913 Page: 7
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deed, it has been urged very strongly
that our attitude heretofore on this sub-
ject has been inconsistent with the claim
that in the Boy Scout Movement the
boys pay their own way.
The question asked in the leading edi-
torial in the last number of "Scouting"
was "What shall we do?" This is still
under careful consideration. Tell us what
SCOUT WORKERS STEADILY INCREASE.
By A. R. Forbush.
SCOUT riASTER AND BOYS IN
FAVOR OF NEW PLAN.
Boy Scouts of America,
New York City.
Answering your queries in Scouting
for July 1, concerning finances, I am
heartily in accord with the idea of dues
as proposed and at the meeting of my
boys last night I discussed this with
them and found they too feel the same
I think dues of a cent a week per boy
is perfectly within the means of any boy
and also that this would give them a
kind of interest they do not now have,
as they would feel a different spirit in
being more closely a part of the organi-
zation to which they belong.
In fact, I would suggest going even a
step further and have the Scout Mas-
ters themselves pay dues—say double
those of the boys, or two cents a week,
for these reasons:
It would set a good example to the
boys and give them a different feeling in
Also, although this doubtless would be
well within the means of any Scout
Master, still I think it would also have
the tendency of weeding out a good
many Scout Masters who may Have gone
into this thing "simply for the fun of
it," and who have so little actual in-
terest in it that as soon as their pocket-
books were touched even in so small a
way, they would quit, which it seems to
me would be desirable rather than other-
Of course, some of them would
doubtless raise the point that as they
are giving time for the benefit of the
boys, they are doing their share, and in
one way this is true, although I think
there are many who do not give much
time, but it seems to me that any move-
ment which is good enough for a man
to devote some of his time to, should
also be good enough for him to assist
financially, at least in so small a way as
(Signed) Rupert A. Jenks.
Scout Master No. 8900, New City
(Rockland Co.), N. Y., July 10.
One Council's Contribution.
The headquarters office has received
from Henry W. Whipple, Treasurer of
the Musconetcong Council, Boy Scouts
of America, Hackettstown, N. J., a check
for $20, the amount pledged by
the Scout Master for the general work
of the Boy Scouts. Chief Scout Execu-
tive West has sent to the troop treasurer
and Scout Master an expression of the
National Council's appreciation of this
participation in the financial burden of
A STEADY growth is shown in the
comparison between the number
of commissions issued in June,
1912, and the number issued in June,
Scout Masters 372
Assistant Scout Masters 92
Local Councils 8
Scout Masters 382
Assistant Scout Masters 118
Locals Councils 17
Seventeen Local Council Charters
were granted in the following cities:
Youngstown, Ohio; Lordsbury, Calif.;
Nevada, la.; Kendallville, Ind.; Mont-
clair, N. J.; Kenwood & Sherrill, N. Y.;
SCOUTS IN BIG CITIES.
The Boy Scouts of San Antonio,
Texas, have recently broken up a large
camp at Corpus Christi, along the Gulf
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and find mischief somewhere else. In
Philadelphia we try to make the boys
and the policemen friends. I want to
bring about such a feeling between them
that the boy will not run around the
corner when he sees an officer. Of
course, boys must have something to do,
and we recollect from our own experi-
ence exactly the things in which these
boys are interested. But if we can bring
about a friendly relationship between
the boy and the policemen, we will have
ices? That is a rather difficult subject,
but there are many ways in city and
town life, wherein a boy can be of great
assistance. I wonder if many people in
cities can tell where police and fire alarm
signals are found. In emergencies good
citizens should know where those boxes
are, how to reach the nearest hospital
and the fire house or police station.
Every Scout ought to know the location
of all those places. In that way he can
be of a great deal of practical help.
In our city we have a fellow, called
"Fire-Alarm Joe." He attends every
fire, and knows exactly where every fire
box is, and what every fire alarm means.
If you ask him: "Joe, where is fire box
414?" he says right off, such and such a
street. If we can have our boys learn
those things, at least so far as their
immediate neighborhood is concerned,
that would be something worth while.
There is an incentive to the boy in the
idea that he is serving his city by know-
ing that the nearest fire box is two
blocks away. A boy should know where
the policeman is on his beat at a certain
time,—for instance, that he is at a cer-
tain place at ten o'clock, and somewhere
else at half past ten and in that way
know where to find him in an emergency.
There are many things which Scouts
can do, things which he could report to
the police, and still not be what is called
a "peacher". They need not tell tales,
they can gather information that is
worth while. There may be an open
street where digging is going on, and
possibly the men when they left the
work did not leave a lighted lantern as
a danger signal. The boy can report this
to the nearest policeman. There may be
an obstruction in the street, or possibly
Schoolfield, Va.; Riverside, Calif.; Au-
gusta, Kans.; Harvard, 111.; Minneapo-
lis, Minn, (revised); Dell Rapids, S. D.;
Sheridan, Wyo.; Commerce, Ga.; Dal-
las, S. D.; Gifford, 111.; N. Vernon, Ind.
The comparison for the half year is
especially interesting. It is easily seen
that the growth this year is much
greater than that of the same period
last year, and this growth shows no
sign of abating.
Jan. 1 to July 1, 1912
Scout Masters 1,999
Assistant Scout Masters 553
Jan. 1 to July 1, 1913
Scout Masters 2,276
Assistant Scout Master 649
an overflowing sewer is filling a cellar
with water. These things the Boy Scouts
can do, things which are not laborious
and are distinctly useful. They can tell
the Health Department of unclean alleys,
rubbish in the streets and such things
as are a menace to the life and health
of the community.
Many people whose surroundings are
not inviting, go to the parks, and the
average park on a Monday morning
looks more like a paper dump than any-
thing else. The inspector Scout could
be of value here. The boys could put
in the receptacles furnished for the pur-
pose all waste paper, teach others to do
the same thing, and see that it is done.
Very much car. be accomplished this-way
in our parks by the assistance of our
These are instances of what the Boy
Scouts can do, but many other ways will
open and if we can interest our city
officials in the Scouts, we will accom-
plish very much that will be advantage-
ous to our civic life. But to accomplish
the things, we must train the boys to do
them. Let us train him in his duties,
as a citizen, and we will have a bigger
and a broader and a better country.
FIRST AID CAR IN WEST.
The itinerary of the American Red
Cross First Aid Car No. 3 for the re-
mainder of July and August has been
received. All Scout Masters in the
towns where stops are made will be
notified in time so that their boys may
have the opportunity of witnessing de-
monstrations of first aid as given under
the personal supervision of Dr. M. J.
Shields, who is in charge of the car.
Starting today in St. Paul Minn., the car
will visit Minnesota towns until the 26fti,
when a stop is made in Fargo, N. D.
Montana will be covered from the 31st
to the 12th of August, and after two
stops in Idaho, the car will proceed to
Washington, ending up at Centralia on
Every Scout official is urged to
interest the news editor of the local
newspaper in the publication of
one or more of the items in this
issue of Scouting.
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