Scouting, Volume 2, Number 2, May 15, 1914 Page: 4
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PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY NATIONAL HEAD-
QUARTERS, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, FOR SCOUT
OFFICIALS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN
THE BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL AND
Honorary President: Woodrow Wilson.
Honorary Vice-President: William H. Taft.
Honorary Vice-President: Theodore Roosevelt.
President: Golin H. Livingstone, Washington.
Chief Scout: Ernest Thompson Seton.
Nat'l Scout Commissioner: Daniel C. Beard.
Treasurer: George D. Pratt, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Chief Scout Executive: James E. West, N. Y. C.
Office of Publication: 200 Fifth Avenue,
New York City.
Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office,
New York, N. Y., under the act of
August 24, 1912.
MAY 15, 1914.
THE CHANGES MADE
IMPORTANT but not radical changes
have foeen made in the rules governing
Scout tests for promotion and badges
and awards, as reported elsewhere in this
issue. The Executive Bo.ard had adopted
these new rules after making every effort
to obtain criticism and advice on them,
all .having been published previously in
The National officers have indicated their
earnest desire to provide regulations which
will make for greatest efficiency, supplying
both incentives and safeguards. They have
realized that the men in the field, through
their daily personal work with boys, are the
men from whom the best counsel on such
things can be obtained. It is for this reason
that they have sought the opinion of Scout
Masters and officials of Local Councils.
The response which has co,me to their in-
quiries has indicated a live and sincere
interest among the men in the field in the
practical problem which confronts those
who have in hand the difficult task of legis-
lating for this great movement.
The " organic law " of the Boy Scouts of
America has proved, in four years of actual
experience, to. be workable and effective.
From time to time changes have been made
for the purpose of making the influence of
Scouting on boys broader and deeper.
Those of the changes which have had a test
have proved to be wise ones. The changes
adopted by the Board on May 7 were
critically examined in advance by many of
the most earnest and capable men in the
movement, and equally valuable suggestions
about them came to the Committee from
men less conspicuous but no less able to
throw light upon the practicability and ad-
visability of the new regulations. There is
every reason to believe that they will prove
Some vital matters are pending. They
are among the most important ones that
have been before the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica since its first Handbook was issued. It
should be the duty and the pleasure of
every Scout Official, wherever situated, to
consider these questions very carefully and
pittsburgh salutes the scout movement.
report on them to National Headquarters.
In making the study of each of these
proposals the field men will, of course, keep
in mind always this question:
"Will it actually help the boy?"
This is the guiding thought of all who
are connected with the administration of
ON MEMORIAL DAY.
A GREAT many Troops of Boy Scouts
have been greatly honored by being
asked to march in Memorial Day
parades. At first this seems an interesting
thing to do, but on second thought, most
Scout Officials decide it is better not to en-
courage the boys to parade.
There is so much to be done along the
line of march that the Scouts can help out
there more than by marching themselves
" for show." When veterans are in the
parade there is continual danger of their
being overcome by heat or exhaustion, and
a watchful Scout can bring water or other-
wise help to prevent prostration. In the
crowd, also, there is continual necessity
for simple first aid work. No big cele-
brations were ever carried through with-
out some lost children to frighten their
parents and perplex the police.
These are just suggestions of how a
single Scout beside the line of march is
worth a whole Troop in it.
A recent G. A. R. parade in Indianapolis
well illustrates this point. Many a proud
veteran could not have continued his
march had not a Scout stepped forward
with a cup of water, or walked beside the
old soldier for a few blocks, taking his
arm or shifting the weight of the colors to
give the veteran a chance to catch his
breath. Then the Scout would step back
to the curbstone ready to help out there if
women fainted or children began to cry.
All the glory of the parade went to the
veterans as it should, but the Scouts made
far more of a name for themselves by
their courtesy, promptness and efficiency
than they could have by simply trudging
a mile or two in their uniform behind the
It is fine to be applauded for good ap-
pearance and regular ranks, but it is far
better to know that the men who marched
in memory of past glories were helped and
encouraged by Scouts who preferred to
be of service than to make a good showing.
FROM " B.=P."
The English Chief Scout Sends a Word
About Our Annual Report.
Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, Chief
Scout in Great Britain, has written to our
National Headquarters, under date of April
28, as follows:
" I must thank you for the copy which
you have been kind enough to send me of
your Fourth Annual Report of the Boy
Scouts of America, and I feel I must at
once write, no.t only to thank you but also
to congratulate you on the excellent results
of your past year's work, and on the great
promise that lies before you.
" The report is splendidly gotten up and
full of most interesting matter. I do not
know whether you are responsible for it—
to judge from the thorough way in which
it has been prepared I expect that that is
the case. It is not only of great interest to
us to read it but it also gives us so many
valuable hints, and I am, therefore, asking
my secretary to obtain more copies from
you if yo.u will foe good enough to allow
us to purchase them."
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