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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., MAY 15, 1914.
CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS HOW PITTSBURGH HAS LAID A FIRM
APPROVED BY THE BOARD. FOUNDATION FOR ITS SCOUT WORK.
New Rules Passed Governing Promo=
tions, Badges, Troop Comm ttees
and Other Phases of Work.
THE Executive Board of the Natio.nal
Council of the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica, at its monthly meeting on May
7, approved all the definite recommenda-
tions made in the report of the Committee
on Badges and Awards and Scout Require-
ments, as printed in the May 1 issue of
Scouting, with one modification, affecting
the rule that "in the future all Tenderfoot
Scout examinations should he given by the
Scout Master of the Troop in all com-
munities, whether there is a Local Council
or not." The modification was the addition
of the sentence, " This do.es not, however,
relieve Local Councils from responsibility
of maintaining standards."
All of the definite recommendations of
the Committee, therefore, now have be-
come governing rules and will appear in
the next edition of the Handbook for Boys.
As stated previously, they become effective
immediately for those who desire, and not
later than October 1, 1914, for all Scouts
and Scout Officials without exception. It
may be well to repeat also that this means
that until October 1 it will be 'optional for
the Scout Officials as to whether your boys
qualify under the conditions in the present
Handbook or those appearing in the new
These changes involve the adoption of
definite regulations for the method of meet-
ing various Scout requirements, provide for
a new Merit Badge for Physical Develop-
ment and substitute this for Athletics in
the tests for Life Scout.
The changes in the requirement for Eagle
Scout are modified by making it necessary
for a Scout to qualify as a Life Scout as
well as pass in Athletics, Camping, Cooking,
Bird Study, Pioneering and both Saving
and Pathfinding, the subjects of the re-
maining ten Merit Badges being optional
with the Scout.
The plan for having a uniform method
of wearing badges was adopted. This in-
volves some changes which were set forth
in the last issue of Scouting.
The Executive Board authorized the re-
duction in size of the badges for Second
Class and First Class Scouts and provided
for embroidered badges in lieu of metal
badges when desired by Scouts or Scout
The provision for a Troop Committee,
heretofore merely a recommendation, will
be required hereafter of all new troops and
(Continued, on page 7.)
the kind of men pittsburgh works with—scout masters' school in session.
The Big Men of a Great Factory Region, Understanding the Ideals of
Scouting, Will Open the Movement to a Quarter of a Million Boys.
This article is reprinted from the
New York Evening Post, in which
it appeared May 2.
64 0C OUTING I'OR BOX'S" is the
^ slogan of a Pittsburgh movement
which has centel^sdjhe^ thought of
a million people in the welfare of the boy-
hood in two. score and ten towns of Alle-
gheny County, Pennsylvania.
The physical setting of the boy-building
campaign is unique. Community overlaps
community along the railway spokes which
center in Pittsburgh. Mills and factories
spread the glare and roar of industry over
thousands of acres, crowding the narrow
shelves o.f flat country along the river to
the water's edge and pushing against the
abrupt hills which hem them in. The open
mouths of mines cut the surface of the
ground until the entire region resembles a
huge rabbit warren. Between the mills and
hillsides the houses fight for a place to
The entire community is an immense
cover for boyhood. A quarter of a million
boys live in this congested region—boys of
every race, of every tongue, of every high
creed, of every shade of poverty and afflu-
ence. The democracy of boyhood reigns
supreme. Here is the gang paradise. No
finer field for real Scouting co.uld be con-
ceived. No greater challenge to the power
of Scouting to solve boy problems would
the call to scout action.
Three years ago the call came to the Boy
Scouts of America. National Headquarters
responded, a charter was granted for a
Scout Council. A Scout Commissioner
was commissioned, and Troop No,. 1 of
Pittsburgh was constituted. The early
work had all the vicissitudes to which every
infant social organization is heir, but the
virility inherent in the movement overcame
these obstacles and the work slowly de-
veloped. Eighteen months after the be-
ginning had been made the need of expert
employed superiors was recognized, and
through the co-operation of the National
Council Mr. C. F. Horton, a specialist in
boys' work of international reputation, was
employed as Scout Executive. No less im-
portance attached to, the choice of the pres-
ident of the Scout Council. The choice fell
upon Erasmus Wilson, the " Quiet Ob-
server" of the Pittsburgh Gazette-Times.
Two months after the permanent organ-
ization had been effected. National Head-
quarters arranged for a. visit of four of its
strongest leaders. Sixty o.f the best men
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