Scouting, Volume 1, Number 22, March 20, 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., MARCH 20, 1914.
SCOUT MASTER'S MANUAL
READY IN REVISED FORM.
The "Book with Ten Thousand Editors"
Covers Every Phase of Boy
THE Handbook for Scout Masters is
now available. It is a book with a
history. Seldom has any real text-
book been compiled and edited with such
After the Handbook for Boys was pub-
lished, Scout Masters began to demand a
book for their own use which would cor-
respond to it. To meet this appeal, Na-
tional Headquarters first circulated in pam-
phlet form twenty-five programs for Troop
meetings, and as a result of this many
helpful criticisms were received from the
Then began the work of expanding this
small beginning. Programs were added,
bringing the number to fifty-four. Chap-
ters by notable authorities on boy work,
psychology and organization were added,
making the book a collection of remark-
ably useful knowledge on all phases of
An edition of 10,000 copies was printed
in proof form and a free copy sent to every
registered Scout Master in the country, be-
sides many authorities not connected with
rhe Scout movement. Criticisms were re-
quested and it was expected that so many
would come in that the book would have
to be materially altered when it was finally
Issued in complete form. Answers began
to some in immediately, but they were not
as full of suggestions as the editors had
expected, for the universal finding seemed
to be that the manual filled the bill ad-
mirably and that little could be added.
This led to a change in the plans. Since
the proof copies were proving sufficient for
the needs it was decided to wait until they
were exhausted to issue the manual in its
final form. An edition of 10,000 copies has
been ordered and already more than 1,500
have been shipped and as many orders again
are being filled. There are even some
orders for as many as 200 copies. The
manual is bound in tan cloth, with a cover
picture of a Scout in full uniform. The
chapter headings, which indicate the scope
of the book, are as follows:
Organization, Scout Requirements, Prin-
ciples and Methods; The Adolescent Boy,
M \ ;
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SCOUTS OF A'
THE COVER OF THE NEW SCOUT
Troop and Patrol Management, Training
of Patrol Leaders, Suggestive Programs
for Scout Masters, Drills and Demonstra-
tions (Manual of Marching, Order of the
Staff, First Aid Drill, A Scout Field Day),
Chivalry and Morality, Suggestive Course
of Study, Bibliography, Index.
The Bibliography is a remarkably com-
plete one and gives references for every
Merit Badge in the list. The book is uni-
form in size with the Handbook for Boys
and will be found to supplement that vol-
ume in every way. It bids fair to become
as great a classic in boy leadership as the
Handbook has already become for the boys
NO MORE CIQARETTES.
A Report from Harlan, Ky., on One
Effect of Scout Work.
From William Ward DuffieldScout Commissioner,
In the February 1 issue of Scouting, on
page 4, I note the article on cigarettes.
It will interest you at Headquarters to
know that here in Harlan we have prac-
tically eliminated the use of the cigarette
among the Scouts, while at the time of the
organization of the troop nearly every boy
in town was a cigarette smoker. No Scout
in good standing to-day uses the cigarette.
It is one of the great goods we have ac-
complished through the Scout work in this
community. When we can state, as we
can, that out of sixty boys, 75 per cent, of
whom were cigarette smokers a year ago,
not one uses them to-day, it gives you an
idea of what the Scouts are accomplishing
in this vicinity in one direction only.
THE SCOUT MOVEMENT'S
ADVANCE IN KANSAS CITY.
An Illustration of Rapid, Substantial
Progress in the Work for
KANSAS CITY, Mo., is a fine example
of what efficient leadership can do in
the line of Scout advancemei^kid
greater public understanding. In JaSBFy,
1913, they had on their records thirty active
Troops, 600 Scouts and forty-three Scout
Masters and assistants. Only one First Class
Scout was registered, January, 1914, they
had forty-two active Troops, 1,008 Scouts,
sixty-seven Scout Masters and assistants
and seven new Troops in process of organ-
ization, adding approximately 125 Scouts
and nine Scout Masters and assistants,
making a grand total of 1,209 Scouts and
Scout Masters. They have 25 First Class
Scouts, one Eagle Scout and one Star and
The work, according to Albert J. Wat-
son, Scout Commissioner, has attracted men
of college training and culture to a re-
markable degree. The Scout Masters' As-
sociation more than any other agent has
fostered the universal spirit of co-opera-
tion of good fellowship. A systematic
method of recording all Scouts, Scout Mas-
ters and troop work keeps Field Headquar-
ters thoroughly informed of the exact
standing of every boy, his grade, examina-
tions, troop attendance and activity.
The interest among outsiders is remark-
ably widespread and intelligent. The
churches are deeply interested and the pub-
lic schools have asked that troops be or-
ganized in their buildings. This general
interest is in large measure due to the
campaigns of publicity and exhibitions and
demonstrations carried on by the Scouts.
One huge field meet has been held in one
of the public parks, and several smaller
ones. Two Scout Masters' training schools
have given the leaders clearer understand-
ing of the work. Last summer a camp
with an enrollment of 225 was held in
August and brought the Scouts of different
Troops together in a very democratic man-
ner. A church rally with about 400 in at-
tendance was held after the camp and a
field demonstration was also given. The
first city Scouting contest, held last No-
vember, proved very successful. The inter-
troop competition was keen and exciting,
calling for knowledge of streets, public
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Boy Scouts of America. Scouting, Volume 1, Number 22, March 20, 1914, periodical, March 20, 1914; New York, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth282665/m1/1/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum.