Scouting, Volume 2, Number 4, June 15, 1914 Page: 1
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Summer Camp Special
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 15, 1914.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ENCOURAGES SCOUT WORK.
Boston Organization Forms a Special
Scout Committee and Will Award ||
SOME time ago the Governing Board of
the Under Forty Division of the Bos-
ton Chamber of Commerce appointed
a committee to consider the advisability of
the Chamber co-operating with the Boy
Scout Movement. This committee, under
the chairmanship of Walter D. Brooks, met,
very carefully analyzed the movement in
general and communicated with Chambers
of Commerce in other cities of the country
to ascertain what they might have done
along these lines.
After the committee report was sub-
mitted the Governing Board voted to for-
ward it to the Executive Committee and the
Board of Directors of the Boston Chamber
of Commerce. This report explained the
purpo.se of the organization of the Boy
Scouts of America, including a short
analysis of the work in Boston, with the
list of men connected with the Boston
Court of Honor. It was recommended that
a permanent committee be established to
aid and co.-operate with the Boy Scout
Movement in that city.
The Executive Committee and the Board
of Directors voted to accept the report,
and there is now officially in existence a
Scout Committee in the Under Forty
Division, of which Mr. Brooks is chairman.
This committee is working along the lines
of the report, which calls for a special
Boston Chamber of Commerce Efficiency
Badge to be given Scouts who have passed
Before a Scout can try for this badge he
must be a First Class Scout, must have
^passed the Merit Badge examination in
civics, business and personal health, and
must have been awarded a Merit Badge in
one of the following subjects: Archi-
tecture, electricity, interpreting, machinery,
printing; or two of the following badges:
Pathfinding, public health, first aid and
The report also stipulates the following
" A First Class Scout who has passed the
above requirements may then co.me before
an Examining Board of the Chamber of
Commerce Scout Committee. A Scout must
first satisfy the Examining Board that he
knows the above subjects, and further show
a general knowledge of the leading indus-
tries, transportation lines and commerce of
Boston and New England,
" A Scout must then choose a special line
of industry acceptable to and with the aid
(Continued on page 8.)
HOW SCOUT MASTERS CAN MAKE
THEIR CAMPS MOST
T7VERY SCOUT MASTER recognises the possibilities of a season in
I~* camp with his Troop. He knows how much the boys will enjoy a
stay, however short, out in "the wild"—and how much he himself
will enjoy it. He wants them to get the most fun and the most benefit
from the experience. The benefits will not be all that can be obtained
and the pleasures will be greatly reduced unless the camp leaders are
prepared. This article will help you. It is hoped it will be read carefully.
In camp many of your Scouts will want to take their camping merit
badge test. An authoritative article on these requirements, written by
Mr. Dillon Wallace, the noted camper and explorer, will 'be published
in the luly Boys' Life.
By S. A. MOFFAT,
National Field Scout Commissioner.
AS we anticipate with a keen sense of
delight the approach of the camping
season, bringing as it will so much
real joy and satisfaction to the members of
Sco.ut Troops, we ought not to forget nor
even discount for a moment the responsi-
bility that rests with each man who will
have in his care the safekeeping of a group
of boys during the camping period.
There is no place in all of the Scout work
where our motto, " Be Prepared," can have
greater significance than in the summer
camp. Old campers appreciate this fully.
They make careful provision for every
For the benefit of the new Scout Master
who is approaching the season with more
or less misgiving because it may be his first
experience, we hope it will not be out of
place to emphasize here a few observations
which, if carefully followed, will save so.me
of the worry, anxiety and regrets that may
come from " learning by experience."
Purpose of Camp.
The Scout Master should appreciate that
his opportunity to develop character in
boys will be far greater during the period
spent in camp than at any other time during
the year. He should, therefore, carefully
plan well in advance the daily program for
the entire season. Every day should have
its program; every hour should be filled
with opportunity for Scouts to do things'.
The camp should be the Boy Scouts' lab-
oratory, for only as the Scout has oppor-
tunity to come },n contact with the great out-
doors under the direction of an inspired
leader can he acquire an adequate, first-
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