Scouting, Volume 1, Number 17, January 1, 1914 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., JANUARY i, 1914
OUR FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING.
Each Scout Official is Urged to Do His Part in Order That Reports May be Complete and Accurate.
THE Fourth Annual Meeting of the National Council of
the Boy Scouts of America will be held the second
week in February, possibly at Washington, D. C.
Reports will be presented and suggested policies for the coming
year will be acted upon. Each Scout Official is urged to
submit suggestions or constructive criticisms which may help us
in advancing the Scouting Program so as to make it more
helpful to American boys.
A letter has been addressed to each Scout Official who has
not re-registered in accordance with the new membership plan,
and from the replies just being received it appears that a num-
ber of Scout Masters and Local Council Officials are planning
to do their part and re-register before January 1 5th as requested.
It is earnestly hoped that all who are still active in Scout
work will do this. We want to present an accurate statement
of facts as to the number of active Scout Masters and active
Local Councils and registered boys. If your troop has not
been re-registered or your Local Council has not applied for a
new charter, will you not co-operate with us by acting promptly ?
If you have given up active work, please state so franklv
on the postal card sent to you. If, on the other hand, your
troop is still active, please register at once or make a definite
statement as to when you will do so.
A new year is opening. The Scout Movement is on a
sounder foundation than ever before. Definite accomplish-
ments, well known to all, remove any opportunity for discussion
as to whether the sacrifice represented by personal service is
worth while. We are helping to develop character, which
means better citizenship.
Hearty greetings to you and your boys and best wishes for
your success during the coming year.
COLIN H. LIVINGSTONE, President.
ERNEST THOMPSON SETON, Chief Scout.
DAN BEARD, National Scout Commissioner.
JAMES E. WEST, Chief Scout Executive.
Scout Workers Everywhere
Plan "Anniversary Week."
AT the last annual meeting of the Na-
tional 'Council a resolution was
passed recommending to Local Coun-
cils, and to Scout Masters where there are
no Local Councils, that some time during
the week beginning February 8, which is
the anniversary of the incorporation of the
Boy Scouts of America, a special program
be arranged for the purpose of bringing to
the attention of the community the aim and
scope of the Scout Movement from a na-
tional point of view.
It is earnestly hoped that Scout Officials
everywhere have borne this suggestion in
mind and already have perfected their pro-
grams for that occasion. We know that
work on this is progressing in some cities,
having been informed of programs ar-
ranged which call for public meetings with
National, State and city officials present, to-
gether with distinguished educational and
religious leaders; with attractive exhibits,
illustrating the kind of work Boy Scouts
do, and the badges, medals and other in-
signia of different accomplishments, and
demonstrations of Scouts' proficiency in
various lines as shown not only in staged
performances, but in services rendered to
In other places where no general pro-
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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FAVORS BOY SCOUT WORK.
MR. VICTOR F. RIDDER,
National Scout Commissioner for Scout Work
Officials Encourage Formation of Catho-
lic Troops—New Commissioner
IN keeping with the policy to develop the
Boy Scout Movement on such broad
lines as to embrace all classes, all
creeds, and at the same time to allow the
greatest possible independence to individual
organizations, officers and boys, we are es-
pecially pleased to announce that substan-
tial progress has been made in developing
the interest of the Catholic Church Of-
cials. This means that, as in England, and,
indeed, all places where the Scout Move-
ment is organized, the Boy 'Scout Move-
ment will be made available to the Catholic
boys in America in greater proportion than
As announced at the last annual meeting,
a Board of National Scout Commissioners
is being developed so as to have expert
advice and definite co-operation from some-
one representing each agency working with
boys in this country.
Mr. Victor F. Ridder, as National Scout
Commissioner for Scout W ork in the
Catholic Churches, has made great progress
in securing the definite co-operation of
Already troops in Catholic Churches are
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