Scouting, Volume 1, Number 8, August 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
Honorary 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'l 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.
VOL. I. AUGUST 1, 1913.
IN this issue of "Scouting" appear
letters from several Scout Masters
in discussion of the question asked
by a Tennesseean in the preceding
"What method should be pursued in re-
gard to the Scout whose interest is only
half-hearted? Should he be dropped?"
These letters, and others which
have come to us, reveal that Scout
Masters have a keen appreciation of
the importance of "getting" and
"holding" the boy whose interest in
Scout work lags. In nearly every
case the boy who does his studying
and practicing and takes his tests only
half-heartedly, is the boy who most
needs Scout training—who most
needs not only the knowledge given
but the spirit instilled by "scouting."
It is apparent that the success of a
Scout Master with his boys is
governed in large part by the Scout
Master himself—his gifts, talents,
equipment, resourcefulness and adap-
tability to the complex situations
arising from the differences of char-
acter and capacity of his boys, and,
what is equally important, to the con-
stantly varying moods of the in-
Yet it is universally recognized that
no program yet devised for directing
the physical energies and mental
activities of boys is comparable with
the Scout program. Somewhere in
it the thoughtiul Scout Master is sure
to find something that will interest—
indeed fascinate—any apparently dis-
interested boy. Search for it—search
until you find it.
You Scout Masters who meet dis-
couragements in such cases should
keep ever in mind the importance of
your work. Remember that "the teen
age represents the most important
period of life. Ideals and standards
are set up, habits formed and decis-
ions made that will make or mar- a
life. It marks the period of adoles-
cence, when the powers and passions
of manhood and womanhood enter
into the life of the boy and girl, and
when the will is not strong enough
to control these great forces. Powers
must be unfolded before ability to
use them can develop, and instincts
must be controlled while these are in
the process of development. The im-
portance of systematic adult leader-
ship during this period of storm and
stress cannot be too strongly em-
The above quotation is from a
pamphlet issued recently by the
Secondary Division of the Inter-
national Sunday School Association,
which has worked out a program for
bringing the teachers and teen-age
pupils into closer contact and deeper
sympathy. In doing so it has incor-
porated most of the activity-plans
laid down for Scouts. The principle
works with Sunday School classes.
It will work with any organization.
Gradually it is being recognized and
used by all. who are striving in what-
ever "cause"—church, school, or
other—to influence boys to clean
living and right thinking.
It has been suggested by Scout Mas-
ter R. M. D. Adams of North Brook-
field, Mass., that the preferable plural
for the word "Tenderfoot" is "Tender-
foots," rather than "Tenderfeet." The
word is pluralized in the same way as
"pailfull" or "spoonfull."
Secretaries of Local Councils,
Scout Commissioners, Scout Mas-
ters and Scout Scribes can effective-
ly co-operate with National Head-
quarters and do a good turn to
others, by mailing to the National
Office at least two copies of every
piece of printed matter, photograph
or outline of new activities, games,
plays or entertainments, which they
have used successfully. The best of
these suggestions will be passed on
each month to other Scout Masters.
By helping them you will help your-
WHAT A PHYSICIAN
5AW AT GETTYSBURG
Dr. Macatee Explains the Service
Rendered by Boy Scouts,
By DR. H. C. MACATEE.
"As one of the physicians working
with the Red Cross organization, I
lived and worked among the Scouts
during the week of the encampment,
and the conviction deepens with re-
flection that one of the most remark-
able things of all was the manner in
which the Boy Scouts of America vin-
dicated their motto; they showed that
they are prepared, and, at Gettysburg,
at any rate, they demonstrated their
preparedness by delivering the goods.
They were called into service, went
into camp, executed their duties under
detail to many strange and temporary
commanders, and performed innum-
erable services of helpfulness on their
own initiative, and in all circumstances
they were a credit to their organization
and to their country.
"The real inside explanation of the
low mortality among the veterans at
Gettysburg: is simply that they were
not permitted to suffer from confu-
sion, uncertainty, over-exertion and
overheating. And here is where the
Scouts did the business; they were the
boys who found the way to quarters in
the dark, who carried the luggage,
showed the old fellows how to ventil-
ate the tents, where to find water,
where to draw blankets, where to find
mess, and carried on their young
shoulders just that portion of the bur-
den of living that would have been an
overload for the old soldiers.
"At the Red Cross Aid Stations, situ-
ated here and there on the battlefield
at points where the old soldiers would
be most apt to congregate and fight it
over again, very important service was
rendered by giving water, rest in the
shade, and such medical attention as
"But it was the Scouts who bore the
litters, and rustled for water, finding
in true Scout style the best sources,
and carrying the heavy pails often for
a mile or more to the stations. And it
was the Scouts who did guard duty
and protected the property of the sta-
tions during the niarhts; no little re-
sponsibility that! The stations were
lonely spots at night, far from the vil-
lage and camp, and army blankets are
much coveted souvenirs! Thus from
the first pailful of water at the Aid
Stations to the departure of the train
that bore both doctors and Scouts to
their homes, the Red Cross organiza-
tion depended on the boys. For all
the careful provisions made by the
Army, and the State of Pennsylvania,
and the Red Cross, the railroads fell
down; and during the whole hour of
delay in which a mass of veterans
seethed in the broiling sun like a mill-
ing herd, while a train was leisurely
made up to take them away, much of
the good effects of the protective care
provided in the camp were undone, and
the old men dropped exhausted. But
the Scouts were waiting, too, and they
gathered the vets up and carried them
to the ambulances and then dashed
back to their train for home!
"The unanimous sentiment of the
Red Cross doctors was regret that
there were no Scouts when they were
boys, and that their own sons should
surely be Scouts!"
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