Scouting, Volume 1, Number 11, September 15, 1913 Page: 7
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220 SCOUT MASTERS
ADDED IN AUGUST.
"Dullest" Month Proved Very Active
in Field Work from Headquarters.
FIFTY more commissions were issued
during August this year than in
August, 1912. As this month is gen-
erally the low ebb of our registration, this
is a particularly encouraging fact, since it
shows that the steady growth does not
diminish during the low season.
In the report submitted by A. R. For-
bush, Deputy Field Scout Commissioner,
the following statistics are of interest:
Active Scout Masters, July 31.... 6964
Commissioned in August 220
Resigned in August 53
NET GAIN 167
Scout Masters 178 220
Ass't. Scout Masters 48 49
Scout Commissioners 14 21
Local Councils 10 20
Local Council Charters were granted for the
Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Grove City, Pa.; Engle-
wood, Kan.; Columbus, N. M.; Clarks Hill, Ind.;
Andover, Mass.; Athens, Mass.; Oak Harbor, O.;
Sarasota, Fla.; Kansas, 111.; Hamilton, O.;
Minatve, Neb.; Algonquin, 111.; Jacksboro, Tex.;
Mars Hill and Blaine, Mo.; Kinsman, O.; Fair-
fax, Mo.; Magnolia, Miss.; Mineota, Tex.; Hunt-
ington, W. Va.
Total number of letters sent out by the
Scout Masters' Dept 1859
Total number of forms 1000
The work of making the council records
correct is very nearly completed, and for
the last two weeks the Department has been
at work in compiling a card record of all
the members of local councils.
The slide catalogue is practically finished,
as is the catalogue of pictures. Several
exhibition charts have been made up.
The Scout Masters' and Assistant Scout
Masters' blanks are being refiled numer-
ically. When this is completed they will
be bound in permanent binders.
Plans are being worked out for the new
system of re-registration which is to go
into effect October 1.
OVERCOMING SCOUTING DIFFICULTIES.
By John H. Chase, Scout Master, Youngstown, O.
OUR Court of Honor gives outdoor ex-
aminations, and at first everything
seemed satisfactory except Require-
ment 4, for which we gave Kim's Game,
because it seemed so hard to make the
tracking test practical. Lately, however, we
have stimulated interest in tracking and
have been able to make it work.
We found a blacksmith who would make
the regulation handbook irons for twenty-
five cents a pair, but when we screwed
them to the soles of our shoes either the
screws were so long that they pricked our
toes or else the irons scuffed off. Also it
took an unreasonably long time to force
screws into the leather even when prelim-
inary holes were punched. So we had the
irons made small enough for the heels of
a shoe, not caring if they projected a little
over the heels, provided the holes came
well within, so as to give a strong grip on
We next discarded screws and after try-
ing all sizes of small nails finally hit upon
12 oz. sharp upholsterers' tacks. These are
just ordinary tacks, but this size drives in
easily with a hammer, yet does not pierce
through. Though they hold firmly, they
can be instantly pried off with a screw
To make a Court of Honor test we
measure off a quarter of a mile circle of
irregular circumference, and by having a
little map in his hand the judge, standing
at the center of the circle, can tell whether
the tracks go outside or inside of certain
natural objects, such as corner trees, stand
pipes or large stones. By watching the
trackers he can tell whether they are fol-
lowing the trail according to his map.
Thus trackers can be started at two or
three minute intervals and one or two
judges can keep track of them all.
To stimulate interest among the boys in
working up the tracking event, one of our
Scout Masters made up the following
game: A boy goes ahead making tracks,
and another boy comes right behind him
dropping a grain of wheat in every three
or four marks. Then all assemble as a
pack of hounds and follow the tracks, each
boy seeing how many grains he can get.
Of course, the best trackers find the most
wheat. Boys are allowed to cut ahead and
find the track, if they can, then when the
whole pack goes too fast, some wise ones
drop behind and get the grains overlooked.
Before incorporating this in our tests we
had a Scout Master's meeting and tried it
out among ourselves.
SCOUTS HELP MAN IN WANT.
The incentive furnished by the Boy
Scout Movement is pictured by J. L. Gib-
bons, Scout Commissioner in Lexington,
Kentucky. He tells of the faithfulness of
Charles Cheek, leader of the Beaver Pa-
trol, Troop No. 1. In a letter he writes:
" Cheek and his patrol are all hustlers.
Several days ago he saluted me and
showed me a clipping. It announced that
an incapacitated man of middle years was
in urgent need. This man lives a solitary
life in one of the poorest sections of Lex-
ington. Cheek and his companions asked
my advice in regard to trying to help him.
I told them they were on the right track
and gave them an offering to start the
good work. They went on. Several days
afterwards I found out that they had re-
ceived help from several places and had
taken the old gentleman a barrel of good
things and a world of good cheer. The
boys said he exclaimed, ' God bless the Boy
Scout Doctors Snake Bite.
Charles Thomason, a Tenderfoot of
Athens, Ga., was bitten by a water mocca-
sin while out scouting with his friends.
The youngster lost no time in applying
first aid, sucking out the poison and mak-
ing a bandage to prevent the venom from
spreading by means of his string tie. He
then walked to a doctor, who cauterized
the wound, and thus prevented any serious
Scout Masters and Scouts too should maKe use of the
Boy Scout Post Cards
A SPLENDID MEANS OF
INTERESTING YOUR FRIENDS
IN THE SCOUT MOVEMENT
Twelve snappy, attractive designs of four colors, each card force-
fully illustrating one of the Scout laws. A space on the front for a
message. Set of twelve, Price 15 Cents.
Scouts of America.
Tut SCOUT IASV
A Stoxit isCourteovis
ne is polite to all, especially
to woiwerv- ckilcl reiv. old ,
people, atvd tke weak, and
Helpless. He must not take
pay for being helpful or
The designs of the post cards enlarged for wall decoration.
Size 7 by 11 inches. Fine and dandy for a Boy Scout's room or for
the troop meeting room.
A card for each of the Scout Laws, one for the Scout Oath and
another bearing the first sentence of each of the Scout Laws. Price
5 Cents each.
ORDER DIRECT FROM
National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
200 Fifth Avenue, New YorK City
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