Scouting, Volume 1, Number 12, October 1, 1913 Page: 1
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Published semi-monthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
NEW YORK, N. Y., OCTOBER 1, 1913
Fac-Similes of New Certificates
Are On Page 3
TO Scout Master Daniel Frederick Pomeroy,
* of Troy, Bradford Co., Pa., whose report
was the first received, will be issued the first
one of the new Scout Master's certificates
for use on and after October 1. This is repro-
duced on page 3 of this issue. The certificate
is most attractively printed in three colors and
with the fac-simile signatures of the officers,
will be one of the most striking commissions
in use in this country for any purpose.
The first boy's certificate will be issued to
Edward Morse, whose name appears as the
first on the list of 21 Scouts submitted by
Scout Master Pomeroy. This certificate is re-
produced on page 3 also. Each Boy Scout in
the United States will be entitled to one of
these attractive certificates.
POINTS CLEARED UP
ABOUT THE NEW PLAN.
Questions Asked by Several Scout
Masters, and the Answers.
REPORTS coming in from Scout Mas-
ters in all parts of the country indi-
cate that little difficulty is being ex-
perienced in filling out the blanks or
handling any other part of the membership
work. A few Scout Masters have raised
interesting points in letters sent to head-
quarters, and these are printed below, to-
gether with the answers, because the in-
formation may be precisely what other
Scout Masters desire.
MEMBERSHIP PLAN EFFECTIVE TODAY;
NEW ERA IN SCOUT MOVEMENT BEGINS.
Reports Already Coming In from All Parts of the United States—
• No Doubt About the Wisdom and Success of This
Forward Step in Scouting.
St. Luke's Rectory,
Catskill, N. Y., September 25, 1913.
Boy Scouts of America:
Dear Sirs.—I received your note with blank
forms to fill out as to Scout membership, etc., in
Catskill. The new rule of 25 cents membership
takes us unprepared, though we approve of it
heartily, and will gladly fall in line. But it will
take us a few weeks to collect the amount from
the 5-cent monthly dues of our boys. Would you
like me to fill and forward blank and send money
(Signed) G. H. P. Grout,
Scout Master 9754.
New York, September 29, 1913.
Rev. C. H. P. Grout, Catskill, New York:
My dear Mr. Grout.—Regarding the filling in
of the annual report and re-registration blanks,
we would rather have you hold yours up until
you have collected the membership fees and can
send them in with vour blanks. This will help us
to keep our records straight and will cause less
confusion in our bookkeeping department.
We appreciate the fact that in many instances
some delay will be experienced in collecting these
dues, especially this first year, and are willing to
riant you such time as you may desire to put
this new plan into effect. Some troops are hold-
ing entertainments for the purpose of raising
funds to cover their membership dues and other
expenses. In other troops the Troop Committees
are advancing the membership fees for the boys
and the boys will be allowed to repay them in
weekly or monthly installments. The members
of still other troops are raising this money by
selling Boys' Life or earning it in some other
way. Yours very truly,
(Signed) Samuel A. Moffat,
National Field Scout Commissioner.
(Continued on page 6)
THE new membership plan of the Boy
Scouts of America, as announced in
the September ist and 15th numbers
of Scouting, becomes effective today,
October 1. An official notice enclosing the
report of the special committee and a copy
of the resolutions adopted were mailed on
September 22 to 696 Local Councils and
7619 Scout Masters.
New blanks have been provided to
make as easy as possible the carrying into
effect the new scheme. It has, of course,
been impossible to anticipate every ques-
tion that can arise in working out our new
plans, but it is encouraging to report that,
generally speaking, the idea seems to be
well understood and is receiving the cor-
dial support of Scouts and Scout officials.
in harmony with principles
In reality, the plan is not such a radical
move. Indeed, it is in full harmony with
the principles of Scouting. From the
outset emphasis has been placed upon the
importance of having all boys, irrespective
of the means of their parents, earn money
for their own uniforms and equipment.
The fact that a boy has been enrolled as a
Scout indicates that he and his Scout Mas-
ter have concluded that he is able to earn
money to meet the Scout requirements. No
boy can be a Second Class Scout until he
has earned and deposited in the savings
bank at least $1.00. No boy can be a First
Class Scout until he has earned and depos-
ited in a savings bank at least $2.00. It is
not, then, after all, asking a great deal to
require each Scout to pay 25 cents each
year towards the expense involved in car-
rying on the movement.
so service may ee further improved
The Scout movement fosters a spirit of
thrift and makes claim that it is teaching
boys to pay their own way. The Local
Councils in all of our large cities are un-
der great expense, and the National Coun-
cil, in order to render the service expected
of it, must employ competent people. The
postage bill alone for the National Head
quarters last year was about $6,000. The
incoming mail is often as hisrh as 800 or
900 communications a day. Much of this
is occasioned by inquiries as to how to in-
augurate the movement and how to solve
this or that problem.
The constant aim of National Headquar-
ters has been to render service. Thus far
practically all of the expenses have been
met by men and women who have contrib-
uted largely in order that the movement
might have a fair start and demonstrate
its real worth. The fair start has been ob-
tained—the demonstration satisfactorily
The time has now come when all of us
who are engaged in Scouting should prove
to the good people who have been sup-
porting the movement that we are, at least,
willing to pay a part of the expense in-
volved in carrying on this magnificent
work for boys.
blanks coming in
As we go to press a number of the new
blanks have been received properly filled
in. With a view of making clear some
points which may be in doubt with other
Scout Masters, we are printing a few of
the letters received, together with the re-
plies that have been made.
use the " remarks " column
The column for remarks in the new
blanks has been provided for information
of special interest regarding members of
the troop. For instance, if a troop is made
up of boys not identified with the institu-
tion in which organized, the National office
would like information as to the religious
belief of the various members of the troop.
In cases where the troop is made up of
some boys in school and some boys work-
ing, such information will be of interest.
It is especially desired to have facts as to
all Catholic and Hebrew boys. If you have
Catholic boys in your troop, please have
the Scout Scribe indicate this in the col-
umn for remarks following his name. The
information will be of special value to the
new Scout Commissioner for Scout work
duty of men in the field
All at National Headquarters have
worked hard in doing all in their power
to start the new plan satisfactorily. Every-
thing now depends upon the men in the
field—the Scout Masters and the officers
of Local Councils. We feel confident that
they will do their part.
so all may have exact facts
Surely everyone vitally interested will
appreciate the advantage we will have
hereafter by knowing exactly the real facts
with reference to Scouting in this country.
Up to this time we have known how many
commissiors have been granted to Scout
Master-, and others. We have carefully
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