Scouting, Volume 1, Number 13, October 15, 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 15, 1913
CITY OFFERS MEDALS
FOR SCOUTS' CIVIC WORK.
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Encour=
ages Boys to Study Municipal
BUFFALO, N. Y., is one of the most
progressive cities on the Scout map.
The interest which the city feels in
their progress is shown by the new offer
made by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce
to First and Second Class Scouts. Twenty-
five medals have been offered and a re-
" quired examination on municipal affairs
will be given. Applications have to be in
by October 15, and the examination will
be given October 25.
An essay written before the examination
must be handed in. This is to cover, in a
general way, a description of the duties of
Mayor, Councilmen, Aldermen, Superin-
tendent of Public Works, and their rela-
tionship ; a description of the steps leading
to the choice of Major and Aldermen;
what city taxes are, how levied, when paid
and what for.
The following are some of the points to
be included in the examination: Statistics
of Buffalo, such as assessed valuation, out-
put of manufacturing industries, tonnage
of port of Buffalo, relative position among
ports of world, number of kinds of indus-
tries, etc.; knowledge of city officers and
names of Superintendent of Public Works,
Superintendent of Public Instruction,
Health Commissioner, Superintendent of
Police, Chief of the Fire Department, etc.;
number of district in which applicant lives;
who represents it in Council; what pre-
cinct; what station house; nearest fire
alarms and how to use them; location of
public buildings—city, county, state and
federal; location of office buildings, savings
banks, national banks, trust companies,
etc.; location of streets (pathfinding) ;
location of car lines (for directing
strangers) ; railroads, interurban trolleys,
canal and lake boat lines.
Besides these things the boys will be
asked to locate Buffalo on a relief map or
other unmarked map, give the age of Buf-
falo, its sije in comparison with others;
name, locate and describe important indus-
tries and points of historic interest and tell
what they represent.
Similar civic instructions have been taken
up in Erie, Pa., and in Winston-Salem, N.
C. However, it is not primarily for Scouts
in these cities, as the two Chambers of
Commerce have decided to give all the boys
of the city training in civic, commercial and
industrial problems of the day. The work
in Erie has been based upon that under-
taken in Buffalo.
In Winston-Salem the High School co-
operates with the Board of Trade, giving
courses for seniors in government and eco-
SCOUT OFFICIALS EVERYWHERE
JOIN IN THE MEMBERSHIP WORK
The New Plan Being Carried Into Effect Rapidly Throughout the
Country—Reports Received Indicate General Approval
by Leaders and Their Boys
A STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT
To Scout Masters and other Scout Officials :—
ON behalf of the officers of the National Council and members of the
Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, I am glad to be able
to express appreciation for the splendid response which has been made to the
announcement of the new membership plan. Practically without exception
Local Councils and Scout Masters from all parts of the country have expressed
their hearty approval of this effort of putting the movement on a partially
The fact that Scout Masters working with poorer boys in our large cities
report that their boys have accepted the plan with enthusiasm proves the cor-
rectness of the analysis made by the Executive Board when this matter was
under consideration. Statements they have made to representatives of the
various Local Councils and to National Headquarters show that the poorer
boys prefer paying their own dues rather than have them paid by Local
Councils or by other means. Indeed, in some instances, they have resented
the suggestion that they be put in a different class from the average boy.
Permit me to invite the attention of the men in the field to the enormous
amount of work which has been done at National Headquarters in putting this
new plan into effect, and to suggest that everyone co-operate by reducing to
a minimum the correspondence and other demands upon our office staff.
Practically every question that could arise under the new membership plan
has been answered either in the blanks themselves or in some issue of
SCOUTING since September 1.
The prompt compliance of every Scout Master with the conditions of
the new plan without the necessity for further correspondence will be much
appreciated, and will save a great expense. If you, as a Scout official, have
not sent in your report, please do so without further delay.
Our confidence in the wisdom of the plan has increased each day since
the announcement was first made, and now we look forward with increased
hope as we contemplate the advancement of the work during the coming year.
(Signed) COLIN H. LIVINGSTONE,
President, Boy Scouts of America.
THE new membership plan of the Boy
Scouts of America is uppermost in
the minds and in the work of Scout
Officials everywhere. Following are typical
of the reports received at National Head-
quarters on this important matter.
A Pennsylvania Council.
The minutes of the session of the Scout
Masters' Conference of Delaware and
Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania, held
at Wayne, September 20, contain these par-
"The new membership plan, outlined by
National Headquarters, was thoroughly
discussed and several points made clear by
the County Executive, who had been in
close touch with Chief Scout Executive
James E. West on the subject. The fol-
lowing resolution was passed.
" 'That the Scout Masters of Delaware
and Montgomery Counties, assembled in
conference, do most heartily endorse the
nembership plan of National Headquarters
and urge its loyal support by every Scout
Master and Troop of the counties.
" 'That the registration and membership
fees be sent to National Headquarters
through the County Executive.'"
Dallas, Tex., October 13 (Telegram).—
Dallas Scout Masters approve unanimously
new membership scheme and think will
prove quite successful throughout the coun-
try. The plan is according to Boy Scout
principles and will make individual Scouts
more important being tied up to National
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