Scouting, Volume 1, Number 12, October 1, 1913 Page: 2
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taken from our rolls from time to time
the names of all men who have tendered
their resignations, or where we have been
able to discover inactivity. A careful re-
vision of the rolls up to September 19
showed 7310 active Scout Masters, 2014
Assistant Scout Masters, 696 Local Coun-
At no time have we been able to do
more than estimate the number of Scouts
enrolled. It may be that the estimates
have been too high or too low. For the
last year this figure has been placed at
about 300,000. We do know that this num-
ber of badges has been distributed. We
know that nearly 300,000 copies of the
Handbook have been printed and distrib-
uted. But it has been impossible for any-
one to do more than estimate the number
of boys actually engaged in Scout work.
It may be that, after the re-registration
has been completed and we have a correct
list of the Scout Masters and Local Coun-
cils willing to definitely engage in Scouting
in accordance with the new membership
plan, the number of recorded workers will
be quite different from the number now es
timated. But, even if this is so, it will
mean more to know the actual facts.
a new era begins today
Today marks a new era in the Scout
Movement. All the officers, and those who
have been most vitally interested, confi-
dently believe that we are going forward
with greater strength to do a more inten-
sive and worth-while work for boys than
James F. West,
Chief Scout Executive.
FREE LECTURES OiN FIRST AID.
For the benefit of all interested in the
Scout program in or nearby New York City
the following first aid lectures, given this
winter in the city, are noted here. The
Department of Education has secured Dr.
Frederick Knowles, who will give the first
series at Public School 96 (Avenue A and
Eighty-first and Eighty-second Streets), as
The Healthy Human Body, October 10.
Shocks, Wounds, Bleeding, Burns and Exposure,
Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains and Suffoca-
tions, November 7.
Unconsciousness, November 21.
Transportation of the Injured; Care of the Sick,
This course will be repeated by
Dr. John N. Bassin, Public School 4, Rivington,
Ridge and Pitt Streets, October 14, 28; November
11, 25; December 9.
Dr. Theron W. Kilmer, Public School 17, Forty-
seventh Street, west of Eighth Avenue, October
'17, 31; November 14, 28; December 12.
Dr. Francis A. Scratchley, Public School 169,
Audubon Avenue and 169th Street, October 21;
November 4, 18; December 2, 16.
Gettysburg Bears Fruit.
For two years, Mr. G. H. Neidlinger of
East Orange, N. J., has been trying to start
a Scout Troop in Mystic, Conn. He says:
" There wasn't a citizen in the place public-
spirited enough to get under the work, but
a veteran visiting Gettysburg was so im-
pressed with the Scouts he saw there that
he came back and immediately offered to
take charge of the troop in that place."
HOW TO DO IT
Scout Ideas Worked Out by Succsss-
ful Scout Masters—Problems
All Scout officials are urged to contribute to
this column reports on their successes or
questions on Scouts on which they desire
Death of a Scout Leader.
Following a severe illness after an oper-
ation for appendicitis, William N. Gram-
ling of the Waycross, Ga., Boy Scouts
died on September 10. He was a leader in
the movement in that town and his death
is a great blow to the members of the
points for patrol work
IN running my troops, I have found that a
system of points for patrol work has a
magical effect. For everything done a
certain number of points is awarded, the
points being won not for the Scout, but for
his patrol. At the end of a month the patrol
having the greatest number of points for
the month is the banner troop for the
month and is allowed to be custodian of the
troop flag. This works like a charm and
the boys feel that the other fellows suffer
if each one of them does not do his part in
keeping up the Scout work. I would not
do without it for anything and can recom-
mend it to any Scout Master whose boys
are disposed to lag behind.—Dr. James W.
Mercer, Scout Master, New York City.
These three suggestions have been sub-
mitted by A. R. Hewitt, Special Field Scout
Commissioner of New Orleans, La.:
The one dollar in the bank that is to be
earned by the second-class Scout should be
at the rate of what his time is actually
worth, based on his ability, his estimate of
a dollar and his knowledge of how to earn
money. A boy's efforts, who never really
earns anything or who has his every want
provided for, should be based at 5 cents an
hour at work like cutting the lawn, hoeing
The Scouts should not be asked to state
in public what good turns they have done,
but have them write on a slip, without
names, the good turns they have accom-
plished, and have them read to give others a
broader idea of the good turns they can do.
Call a special meeting for parents in
which the discussion upon the Scout Move-
ment should be general. Have the mothers
and fathers talk on the good they have
noticed from the Scout development among
the boys they have come in contact with.
The Scouts of Jonesboro have had a
novel opportunity invented for them by
their Scout Master, C. D. Frierson, to show
how much they have gained by their Scout
lessons. They left town on a two days'
hike, taking with them the plan of a piece
of land which they had to locate. It proved
an interesting and unusual experience and
the boys found a lot of their scoutcraft
let the boys do it, but show them how
Probably nothing in the recent field day
at Woodbury, N. J., made such a deep im-
pression upon visitors as the troop head-
quarters of the Woodbury Scouts. This
room was so attractive and comfortable
that more than one Scout Master wished
that his boys had money enough to fit their
own place out in the same way. But in-
vestigation disclosed the surprising fact that
the room cost the Woodbury boys the amaz-
ing sum of $5.20.
When the Scouts leased the present room
for a year they were confronted by the
problem of furnishing it. They thoroughly
discussed the situation and decided to at-
tend to it themselves. Each member
brought an old chair from home and re-
moved all paint and varnish. A limited
amount of lumber was purchased for book-
cases, tables, color cabinet, etc. All furni-
ture was built in the mission design and
stained accordingly. The chairs, while of
various designs, were stained to correspond
with the constructed furniture. The glass
for the color cabinet was obtained by clean-
ing twelve discarded 8 x 10 inch negatives
and the door was designed to suit the glass.
The walls and ceiling are decorated by
pennants and handicraft furnished by the
troop. There are over three hundred books,
all donated by the boys. A cozy corner up-
holstered in leather and the back paneled in
oak and burlap was soon added. The boys
took pride in making the sofa pillows to
complete the corner.
The total expense for fitting the room
was, as has been said, $5.20, the greater part
of which went for lumber. Certain articles,
such as piano, rug and Scout Master's desk,
were donated by the citizens of the town.
Each boy has a key and the room is open
to him at all times, except Sundays and
after nine p.m. on week days. There has
never been any disorder there. During the
school term the room is a favorite place to
study school lessons.
It is the duty of each patrol to keep
things clean for a week at a time. A great
deal of rivalry exists among the patrols in
trying to outdo each other at this duty. At
times, in making the decision, it has been
necessary to take into consideration which
patrol polished the spigot the cleanest, or
equally minute trifles.
Scout Masters might encourage their
Scouts to similar activity by reading to
them this story of the Woodbury Scouts'
the magazine helps decorate
A letter which came to the editor of the
magazine yesterday contained the following
idea, which may be a good suggestion to
Since the October number of Boys' Life reached
the members of my troop, they have spent hours
poring over the host of good things which it con-
tains. One of the boys who is particularly in-
terested in handicraft and clever with his tools
turned up at the last troop meeting with " a pres-
ent for the club room." The present turned out
to be unique. He had taken the splendid full
page illustration by Charles Livingston Bull for
the " Tree " poem and framed it very artistically
in a dark wood that set it off beautifully. You
can image that we accepted his gift enthusias-
tically, and the picture hangs on the wall in a
prominent place. Our plea is now—give us more
pictures like that and we will soon have a frieze
around our wall that any art gallery might envy!
THE RED CROSS CARS.
The two Red Cross cars, Numbers 2 and
3, which may be visited by Scouts in the
west, are running on the following itine-
^ Car No. 3, in charge of Dr. M. J.
Shields, over Great Northern Railway:
Sandstone, Minn., Oct. 1-2; Melrose,
Minn., Oct. 2-3; Willmar, Minn., Oct. 3-4;
Sioux City, la., Oct. 4-5.
Car 2, over Chicago and Alton Road, in
charge of Dr. W. N. Lipscomb: Bloom-
ington, 111., Sept. 30-0ct. 3; Peoria, 111.,
Oct. 3-5; Springfield, 111., Oct. 5-7; Rood
House, 111., Oct. 7-9; St. Louis, Mo., Oct.
9-13; Venice, Mo., Oct. 13-15; Mexico, Mo.,
Oct. 15-17; Slater, Mo., Oct. 17-19; Hig-
ginsville, Mo., Oct. 19-21; Independence,
Oct. 21-23; Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 23.
Every Scout official is urged to
interest the news editor of the local
newspaper in the publication of
one or more of the items in this
issue of Scouting.
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