Scouting, Volume 1, Number 11, September 15, 1913 Page: 4
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PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY NATIONAL HEAD-
QUARTERS, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, FOR SCOUT
OFFICIALS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN
THE BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL AND
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. SEPTEMBER 15, 1913.
UNITED WE STAND
THE strong indorsement accorded the
new membership plan proves beyond
the shadow of a doubt that the Scout
Masters as well as the Scouts have a thor-
ough understanding of the principles of
Scouting, as well as a deep appreciation of
their duties toward those who as yet have
not been reached by the movement. It
proves, further, that the plan comes at the
right time, just when the feeling of com-
munity of interest is beginning to crystal-
lize among those comprising the movement.
The splendid reception given the plan
argues well for the future. It means that
the bond of sympathy between thousands
of widely separated troops will gradually
grow stronger, and that they will all build
better because of a more intimate and in-
telligent knowledge of each other's work,
and, best of all it means that there will be
a more determined effort made to extend
the benefits of the Scout program to those
thousands in all parts of the country who
are ready and waiting for it.
There is one more thing to be considered,
however. Naturally, it is difficult to put
any new plan into operation. Headquarters
has given much time and thought to the
preparation of a system which will involve
as little expenditure of time as possible on
the part of Scout Masters, realizing that as
volunteer workers their time is limited.
The blanks which are soon to be sent out
are as simple as they can be made. They
ask only such information as is absolutely
essential for accurate records. We sincere-
ly hope that every Scout Master will co-
operate with us to the extent of having
them filled out as completely and as quickly
as possible, in order that we may start with
the records in good order, and that we may
continue, better equipped, to devote our at-
tention to the many problems connected
with Scouting proper.
Scout Masters should use their Scout
Scribes or Troop Secretaries for the detail
of this work. It will save time for the
Scout Master and be good experience for
THE LISTS PROTECTED
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS is re-
peatedly asked by commercial organ-
izations and others to furnish lists
of Scout Masters and Scouts. To begin
with, such lists were occasionally sent out,
but it soon became apparent that they were
used to exploit all sorts of schemes, good,
bad or indifferent. Naturally, the Scout
Masters objected to this, and it was because
of the pressure brought to bear from the
field that the National Council decided that
lists would be furnished only to duly ac-
credited Scout officials, and then only a list
containing the names of the Scout Masters
in their own territory.
Once in a while a Scout Master sends in
a request for a list of names. To furnish
this would be against the decision made by
the National Council, a decision designed to
protect not only the Scout Masters, but the
Scouts from exploitation. Nor would head-
quarters have time to investigate each in-
dividual request, and even with the best of
motive on the part of the Scout Master
making the demand, the lists furnished
might fall into the hands of commercial
agencies, and by them be used to advertise
articles which may not have much practical
value or which they cannot afford. The
ruling was made for the best interests of
all, and we trust every Scout Master will
appreciate our position in the matter. To
make any exception would involve the
Scout movement in all sorts of difficulties
which would not be worth while.
Every enterprise having merit can be pre-
sented to our Scout Masters and Scout offi-
cials through the advertising columns of
Boys' Life, and possibly later on through
Scouting, but in no other way.
" FATHERS' AND SONS' " BANQUET.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, held, on its second an-
niversary, a "Fathers' and Sons'" banquet
to which the fathers of the Scouts were in-
vited. Needless to say the banquet was an
MEMBERSHIP BLANKS PREPARED.
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business is in the territory covered by your
commission, preferably members of the or-
ganization with which the troop is con-
nected, should be selected. The blank is so
worded as to have the committee agree to
co-operate with the Scout Master, and in
case it becomes necessary for him to dis-
continue to serve for any reason whatso-
ever, the committee should endeavor to find
a successor to look after the interests of
the troop, pending the selection of another
New blanks along similar lines have also
been provided for use by applicants for
commissions as Scout Master.
The new charters for Local Councils are
now ready for distribution and will be is-
sued to Local Councils as soon as they
submit the new reports required by the new
membership plan. A very attractive cer-
tificate of membership for boys is now in
course of preparation. Every Boy Scout
will be entitled to one if the Scout Master
so desires. It is hoped that these certificates
will be ready for distribution about Oc-
BOYS ACCEPT THE
NEW PLAN EAGERLY.
All of the comment on the new membership
plan, with one single exception, has been enthu-
siastically favorabje. In every case where the
boys have been given an opportunity to express
themselves on the question, they have uniformly
and gladly agreed to meet the new requirements.
Typical of the letters which have come to head-
quarters are the following:
Last Saturday I took a vote on the ques-
tion of finances. Without exception, every
boy agreed with me that we should pay a
small sum per capita for the upkeep of
National Headquarters.—Scout Master
Cheeseman, Pekin, 111.
DR. PARVE A CALLER.
After the close of the Fourth Inter-
national School Hygiene Congress at Buf-
falo a delegate from the Netherlands called
at National Headquarters to express his
interest in the Scout work here and abroad.
Dr. W. F. Unia Steyn Parve is the
Medical School Inspector in the city of
Deventer, the Netherlands, and is an active
Scout Master in Boy Scout work at home.
He spoke of the great stimulus the public
school officials are finding the movement
to be among the boys, saying that teachers
have come to recognize in " scouting" a
valuable adjunct in their educational work,
as well as an incentive to the boys to de-
Dr. Parve showed a great interest in the
office and equipment of National Head-
quarters. He said that he had not realized
the enormous extent of the work in
America, until he began to look into the
Scout Movement here.
He had nothing but praise for the work
done by the Buffalo Scouts during the
congress and expressed his surprise and
admiration of their efficient service for the
I was very much interested in the last
issue of Scouting, and after an interview
with the boys, found that they thought it
sound business that a registration fee be
charged each boy. The thing that interested
them most is the fact that it ties them up
to an organization which is more or less
exclusive. The Quail Patrol each month
pays 5 cents per member into the patrol
treasury. The National dues will be paid
from this.—V. P. Heigele, Scout Master,
I note in Scouting of September 1 that it
has been decided to charge each Scout a
membership fee of 25 cents. The writer
heartily approves of this. For your infor-
mation, will say that my troop has some
nine or ten sustaining memberships prom-
ised them at this time at $3.—Hunter C.
Sledd, Scout Master, Richmond, Va.
We have already taken the matter up at
our meeting and the boys representing a
special convention of all the troops of the
city of Plainfield, of which I am Commis-
sioner, have most enthusiastically indorsed
the idea. I am arranging for a meeting of
the Local Council to make formal indorse-
ment of the plan which I fully believe in.—
Allan E. Beals, Commissioner, Plainfield
We think the membership plan is excel-
lent. We shall do everything within our
power to put this plan into effect in this city
to keep our Council one of the First Class.—
Charles C. Trump, Commissioner, Syra-
cuse, N. Y.
My boys are glad that they will be given
an opportunity to pay monthly dues into
the national treasury, and I think that
cent a week for each boy is very reason-
able.—E. Day Wood, Columbus, Ga.
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