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Council a sum equal to at least ten cents for each en-
rolled Scout, as provided for in the membership plan,
and an additional sum, equal to one dollar for each
member of the Local Council and other Scout offi-
cials, which shall entitle each such member of the
Local Council and other Scout officials to receive the
semi-monthly bulletin " Scouting" and the official
magazine " BOYS' LIFE."
SECOND CLASS: Representing cities, towns and
counties where the work is not sufficiently developed
to make necessary the maintenance of separate offices
and the employment of Scout officials, but where it
is necessary to provide a Court of Honor and other
supervision of the work under voluntary leadership.
Such councils directing the work of five or more
active troops shall be entitled to elect annually one
representative for membership on the National
Such Councils shall pay annually to the National
Council a sum equal to at least twenty cents for each
enrolled Scout as provided for in the membership
plan and an additional sum equal to one dollar for
each member of the Local Council and other Scout
officials, which shall entitle one such member of the
Local Council and other Scout officials to receive the
semi-monthly bulletin " Scouting" and the official
magazine " BOYS' LIFE."
NATIONAL COUNCIL: Hereafter all members
of the National Council shall pay to the Treasurer of
the National Council a membership fee of at least five
dollars a year, which shall entitle each such member
of the National Council to receive the semi-monthly
bulletin " Scouting" and the official magazine
Approved by the Executive Board, National Coun-
cil, Boy Scouts of America.
From the Report of the Special Committee
YOUR Committee has given careful
consideration to the suggestion from
Scout Masters and others in the
field that the time has arrived when the
Boy Scout movement should be put on a
permanent self-supporting basis and re-
spectfully submits the following statement
of fact, with recommendation for your
The Boy Scout movement, incorporated
as the Boy Scouts of America under the
laws of the District of Columbia, February
8, 1910, is now being carried on in all
parts of the United States, with the volun-
teer leadership of approximately 7000
Scout Masters, and it is reaching possibly
as many as 300,000 boys.
The expense of maintaining. National
Headquarters for the current year is based
upon the following budget:
Budget for 1913, for which the Scout
movement is dependent upon voluntary
Rent $2,900
Furniture and fixtures, including type-
writers 1,000
Printing, multigraphing and office supplies 6,000
Postage 5,000
Traveling and general expense 4,000
Telephone and telegraph 1,800
Executive Dept. (13 people) 13,356
Financial Dept. (3 people) 5,320
Field work (3 people) 6,280
Editorial work and publicity (3 people) ... 2,520
Accounting Dept. (2 people) 1,320
Filing Dept. (4 people) i,944
Scout Masters' Dept. (12 people) 7,860
Total $59,3oo
This does not include the Supply and
Magazine Departments, which are self-
supporting, but it does provide a staff of
forty employees, all of whose time is given
to the numerous details incident to the ad-
ministration of the movement nationally.
This includes general leadership and
service for the whole country in:
1. Fixing upon and maintaining a standard of
national emblems, badges and ideals in the devel-
opment of the movement as a brotherhood of
which each local troop is a distinctive factor.
2. The protection of the movement against
those who would, because of its popularity, profit
by exploitation at the expense of the boys.
_ 3. The development and certification of respon-
sible leadership: (a) In organizing from thirty to
fifty local councils each month which represent
National Headquarters in giving promotion and
direction to the movement locally, (b) Carefully
investigating from four hundred to six hundred
applications of men who are willing to serve with-
out pay as Scout Masters and Assistants each
month. Fully two-thirds of these applications
come from communities where there are no local
councils and involve correspondence with six or
more references in each case.
4. The preparation, the publication aHd distribu-
tion of text-books and other literature for the use
of each Scout and Scout Master and local council
throughout the country.
5. The publication of a semi-monthly bulletin,
" Scouting," which is sent gratuitously to all
scout officials.
6. _ Designing and securing the manufacture at
special reduced prices of desirable equipment with
the co-operation of experts who volunteer their
7. The publication of a high-grade magazine for
all boys with the volunteer contributions of dis-
tinguished men and authors.
8. Developing a book department and library
commission composed of expert book men who are
for the first time in history making available reli-
able advice as to worth-while books for boys, and
furthermore, under the leadership of this depart-
ment, arranging with publishers for a high grade
of books for boys at prices which will compete
with the trashy material now flooding the markets.
The results of this department in the shape of
definite lists carefully sub-divided are made avail-
able without charge to librarians, local councils,
troops and parents of boys throughout the coun-
try. Many hundreds of parents are already being
given special advice as to courses of reading for
their boys.
9. Developing consistently as a movement in-
stead of an organization, thereby giving incalcu-
lable impetus through our publicity and promo-
tion work to the welfare of boys generally.
Existing organizations are, with the cordial co-
operation of the National Headquarters, adopting
the Scout program to stimulate their own work.
Boys' work directors in such organizations ac-
knowledge their indebtedness to National Head-
quarters for its leadership in the creation of a
literature in boys' work.
10. Providing a National Court of Honor by
which consideration is given to five hundred or
six hundred applications each month for merit
badges and to numerous other claims for special
honor medals.
11. Making possible practical results by provid-
ing for cooperation with State and National Civic
authorities in carrying out definite programs for
community service by boy scouts in sanitary mat-
ters and the various conservation policies.
12. Maintaining two field men whose services
are available to local councils and Scout Masters
in organizing their work and solving problems.
This has proven wholly inadequate and makes
necessary a very extensive correspondence with
local councils and Scout Masters with reference
to their problems.
All of this service has been made avail-
able because of the unselfish devotion of
men of affairs, men of special training and
ability who, as members of the National
Council, its various committees and officers,
have enthusiastically applied themselves to
the development of the movement because
of their interest in boys.
The comparatively small expense in cre-
ating and maintaining this extensive, help-
ful movement has up to date been met by
a small group of people who considered it
unwise to handicap the work during the
period of organization by a general appeal
for funds. During the past year an effort
has been made to develop a large constit-
Incident to this effort, the suggestion has
come from Scouts, Scout Masters and
other Scout officials in various parts of the
country that the Scout movement should be
developed on a self-supporting basis, and
that the boys themselves should be given
an opportunity to do something definite in
this direction. Indeed, it has been urged
very strongly that our attitude heretofore
on this subject has been inconsistent with
the claim that in the Boy Scout movement
the boys pay their own way. This question
has had careful consideration.
In the opinion of your Committee, the
time has come when the National Organi-
zation should take a definite stand to
promptly take the Boy Scout movement
out of the class of pure philanthropy or
charity. In our judgment it is out of har-
mony with the spirit of the movement, and
not for the best interests of the boys them-
selves to depend upon entirely voluntary
contributions for its administration.
We appreciate that even if this depar-
ture from our former practise should tem-
porarily reduce the number of Scout Mas-
ters and Scouts actually enrolled, the in-
creased efficiency and helpful results will
more than offset this disadvantage and that
ultimately the movement will accomplish
more good to an even greater number of
boys of our country.
Then, again, as has proven to be the
case in other organizations, there is going
to be greater strength and power given to
the movement by having each person con-
nected with it directly related to the work
nationally. It is further going to make
possible accurate records as to the num-
ber of men and boys actually engaged in
Scouting each year.
Your committee finds that there is foun-
dation for the criticism that National
Headquarters has not discharged its re-
sponsibility of providing sufficient field
force to adequately supervise the develop-
ment of Scout work throughout the coun-
try, and that undoubtedly the movement
itself will suffer seriously unless something
can be done to remedy this condition at
once. If we do this it will necessitate a
substantial increase in our budget.
We also find that there is some basis
for the charge that many things might
have been done differently than they have
been done, but respectfully submit that in-
vestigation from time to time has shown
that nothing more could have been done
in the line of giving service with the in-
come available. It must be remembered
that the incidental expense connected with
the work has increased rapidly. However,
it has been proven by experts that Head-
quarters is efficiently and economically
managed. If the work is to be adminis-
tered as it should be, there must be a sub-
stantial increase in receipts.

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