Scouting, Volume 2, Number 3, June 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., JUNE i, 1914.
BOY SCOUTS PLANTING TREES ON CITY LAND AT SALAMANCA, N. Y.
LET YOUR SCOUTS BE THE LEADERS
IN SANE CELEBRATIONS THIS "FOURTH."
How They Can Observe Independence Day, and Enjoy It and Help Pre-
vent Accidents, Is Told in This Article.
it would take several days to run through
A general plan suggests a parade in the
morning, field day in the afternoon and
fireworks, under the supervision of a com-
mittee, in the evening. The first two items
contain great opportunities for the Scouts.
Try to arouse interest in having your
parade represent something rather than in-
sisting on numbers and ranks. The D. A.
R. and other local societies will support the
idea of organizing historical floats. Get
the owners of automobiles to decorate
them. Local business men will arrange big
displays, not for self-advertisement, but on
broader lines of spreading information or
causing amusement. For instance, a shoe
merchant might delight the children by
staging " The old woman who lived in a
shoe," while a manufacturer could show
some of the processes by which his finished
product is made. School children, women's
clubs, chambers of commerce and secret
WHEN it comes to celebrating Fourth
of July every Boy Scout should be
in the foreground, for of all holi-
days this is the o,ne to appeal most strongly
to "patriotic Scouts and their officials.
Not so very long ago noise was con-
sidered the only possible form of celebra-
tion. Many a boy will bear through life
the scars resulting fro.m the dangerous
ways once popular for making this noise.
Lately, however, people have come to
realize that there are far better ways of
demonstrating their patriotic ardor, and for
the past two, years Scouts have been given
a prominent part in a great many interest-
"Safe and sane" Fourth of July often
only needs some one to start the ball roll-
ing before the idea is taken up with en-
thusiasm. Scout Officials are certainly well
fitted to be leaders in this movement. It
may be that they and their Troops have
planned long hikes and will ho,Id their own
celebrations, but, on the other hand, they
may wish to be of service at home. A good
course of action for either case is outlined
CELEBRATING IN TOWN.
If you wish to help organize a local cele-
bration the trouble will be only to select
from the material at hand. There are so
jnany interesting and suitable things to do
(Concluded, on page 2.)
New Merit Badge Requirements
are given in an article on
Pages 5 and 6,
SCOUTS REPLANT FOREST
ON CIIY'S DENUDED LAND.
Former Forestry^ Commissioner Leads
Salamanca, Y., Boys in a Big
Work—Hint for Other Towns.
TflE~Ti1y of Salamanca, N. Y., owns a
large tract of land comprising a
water supply system. Years ago it
was heavily timbered; now it is nearly de-
nuded of forest growth. Encouraged by
J. S. Whipple, former Forestry Commis-
sioner of the State, the Boy Scouts of Sala-
manca—they number about 100—have un-
dertaken to plant the barren places with
pine trees. The trees are furnished by the
State at the cost of about $4 per thousand.
On April 25 the Scouts, accompanied by
their Scout Masters, assembled at the plant-
ing place. Every four boys had a broad,
flat matto.ck and a pail, the trees having to
be kept in water until planted. The field
was laid off in five equal parts and trees
were planted six feet apart, each in a
straight line. During the day 10,000 trees
were planted. In two or three years the
land thus planted will present a very fine
appearance and in years to come will be
quite a forest.
The accompanying picture shows a squad
of Scouts at work under the direction of
" Tree planting is one of the most useful
things Boy Scouts can do," said Mr. Whip-
ple. " Let them devote one day in the
spring of each year to this work near their
home town or city and the future timber
supply of the State will be quite well cared
for. The boys learn a useful lesson, be-
come lovers of and guardians of trees and
will add beauty and wealth to their State.
It is greatly hoped that Scout Masters and
Scouts all over the State will take notice
of this new departure in Scout usefulness
and that every Scout next spring will plant
on the average at least 200 commercial
trees. Towns, villages and cities ought to
do as Salamanca has done, furnish the
ground to be planted that the work may
be in line of a public benefit and improve-
SCOUTS HELP REFORESTATION WORK ON
Troop 1 of Saranac Lake, N. Y., with
some other high school boys, assisted the
Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club in a
unique and practical celebration of Arbor
Dav. They helped to plant young fir trees
on Mount Baker, a small mountain which
was deforestated by fire about ten years
ago and which overlooks the village. Th"
trees planted were four-year-old Scotch
pine transplants, a hardy, fine lot of trees.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 trees were set out.
This work is very important in several
ways. The picturesque landscape, which is
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