Scouting, Volume 2, Number 6, July 15, 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., JULY 15, 1914.
FORMER CABINET MEMBER
ON ST. LOUIS COUNCIL.
Hon. Charles Nagle Writes of His Great
Interest in Boy Scouts.
Hon. Charles Nagle, of St. Louis, former
Secretary of Commerce and Labor, has
offered his services to the Local Council of
St. Louis, in behalf of the Boy Scouts of
that city. Mr. Nagle's decision to be of
active service to the Movement was brought
about largely by the remarkable showing
which the St. Louis Scouts made during
the recent municipal pageant. The boys
were of such effective service during this
big undertaking that they attracted the at-
tention of practically every individual in
the vast crowds which attended the cele-
In writing of his interest in the Scout
Movement Mr. Nagle says:
"From the beginning I have been greatly
interested in the work of the Boy Scouts,
and my personal observation in my own
city has confirmed me in my views. Dur-
ing our Pageant, this organization had a
splendid opportunity to speak for itself,
and did it most convincingly.
"I am very happy in the opportunity
which has been offered me to serve this
cause in some fashion."
SUPPLY DEPARTMENT RENDERS A
DISTINCT SERVICE TO MOVEMENT.
Standardizes Scout Equipment and Furnishes it at Lowest Possible
Cost to Men. in the Field.
NEW BOOKS IN LIBRARY.
Additional Scout Edition Volumes Are
Offered as Premiums.
Scout workers will be interested in the
addition of five new volumes to Every
Boy's Library. Two of the books, which
are now available in the Boy Scout Edition,
are by Ernest Thompson Seton and Dan
Beard. Mr. Beard's book is his practical
and helpful volume on " Boat Building and
Boating." Mr. Seton's volume is his fas-
cinating accounts of " Animal Heroes."
The " Handbook for Boys " has been issued
in a special edition uniform with this
series. The other two books are " Along
the Mohawk Trail," by Percy K. Fitzhugh,
and " For the Honor of the School," by
Ralph Henry Barbour.
The same premium arrangement applies
to these five new volumes that applies to
the other twenty-five books in the library.
Any one of the new volumes will be sent
free as a premium for one year's subscrip-
tion to BoysJ Life.
Let Us Know.
The primary purpose of the National
Organization in handling1 equipment
and supplies for Scouts and Scout
workers 'being' to render service, the
Committee on Supplies will welcome
any suggestions regarding new equip-
ment or changes in the equipment
THE purpose of the Boy Scouts of
America in handling equipment and
supplies for the use of boys whu be-
come Boy Scouts is primarily to render
service. While some articles are handled
at actual cost, there is a margin of profit
for the whole business which aids in meet-
ing the expenses of the National Head-
quarters. In order to restrict the use of
badges to those properly qualified for same
in accordance with the Official Handbooks,
the protection of the United States Patent
and Trade Mark laws has been secured.
The demand from the field for help in
securing supplies led to the development of
a Supply Department which is equipped to
fill promptly and efficiently orders for all
parts of the official uniform and other
equipment for which there is a general de-
mand from Scouts and their leaders.
Because of the volume of business done
it is possible to provide equipment of
highest grade at the lowest consistent prices
and in this way a material saving has been
effected for the benefit of the boys and
Scout officials in the field.
The Trade Mark and Patent protection
of our official design and emblem makes
possible the protection of boys from unfair
exploitation by those who seek to take ad-
vantage of the popularity of Scouting.
Wherever this emblem is lawfully used, the
Boy Scouts of America guarantee all that
is claimed for the article^
The scope of the Supply Department is
set forth in the following resolution:
Resolved, That the scope of the Department
shall be confined strictly to such items of equip-
ment and printed matter for which there might be
in the opinion of the committee a real use in
Spouting, and which this office would render a
distinct service by supplying; provided, however,
that no attempt shall be made to develop a general
sales_ department for the sake merely of profit, and
that it shall be the policy of the Supply Department
at all times to sell goods of the best quality at the
lowest possible price consistent therewith.
The Men Who Conduct It.
The Department is conducted under the
supervision of a special committee made up
of men who have made a success with the
large business concerns of the country, and
includes also Scout officials, who give of
their time most generously. The members
of the Committee are: Mr. Colin H. Liv-
ingston, President, National Council, Boy
Scouts of America; Mr. George D. Pratt,
Treasurer, National Council, Boy Scouts
of America; Mr. Lee F. Hanmer, Director,
Division of Recreation, Russell Sage
Foundation; Mr. Frank Presbrey, Presi-
dent, Frank Presbrey Company; Mr. A. C.
Penn, President, A. C. Penn, Inc.; Mr. R.
P. Sniffen, Eastern Representative Sears,
Roebuck & Company; Mr. E. M. Weber,
Merchandise Manager Butler Brothers;
Mr. C. M. Connolly, Advertising and Sales
Manager Cluett, Peabody & Company,
Scout Commissioner, Troy, N. Y.; Captain
J. van Beuren Mitchell, District Quarter-
master, Coast Artillery Corps, New York,
Scout Commissioner, Morristown, N. J.;
Lieut. Samuel T. Stewart, Deputy Scout
Commissioner, New York City; Mr. James
E. West, Chairman, Chief Scout Executive,
Boy Scouts of America; Mr. Frederick N.
Cooke, Jr., Secretary, National Headquar-
The Boy and His Equipment.
While it is not necessary for a boy to
have a uniform or any other special equip-
ment in order to carry out the Boy Scout
program, it has been found that most boys
are eager for the opportunity of having the
Scout uniform. It is comfortable, wears
well, and is inexpensive. It is far better
for a troop of Scouts to do without a uni-
form, however, than to undertake to secure
the same by soliciting contributions for that
purpose. Indeed, it is advisable, whenever
it can be done, for each Scout to personally
earn the money with which to secure his
uniform. This is so even if the boy's
parents can well afford to givt him the
money with which to buy it. Many troops
of Scouts have started with little or no
equipment and gradually fully equipped
themselves by the individual efforts of the
The official uniform for Boy Scouts is
made up of standard khaki material. This
material was selected with the greatest care.
It was submitted to severe tests, ?.nd chosen
because of its wearing qualities The man-
ufacturer of this uniform was chosen and
has been continued to date because of his
ability to maintain this high standard of
quality and to furnish the uniform at a
lower price than any other competitor. The
policy of the Committee is the same with
respect to all equipment.
The profit made in handling Scout sup-
plies is very moderate and is used for the
general expenses of the Boy Scout Move-
ment, making possible increased service to
Scouts everywhere.^ For this reason all
Scout Officials are invited to place orders
for Scout supplies direct with National
The practice is to fill all orders within
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