Scouting, Volume 2, Number 8, August 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., AUGUST 15, 1914.
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.
The Boy Scout Movement Loses
a Devoted Friend.
Mrs. woodrow wilson,
wife of the President of the
United States, died in the
White House at Washington, D. C.,
on the afternoon of August 6.
In the death of Mrs. Wilson, the
Boy Scouts lost one of their best
friends. Mrs. Wilson believed in the
work of the Boy Scout Movement
and did much to encourage and pro-
mote it. She showed her interest in
many ways and on the occasion of
the fourth annual meeting in Wash-
ington she received the National
Council in the White House. On
this occasion she pinned the Eagle
Scout badge on the breasts of five
Scouts who had earned the right to
that honor. The Scouts so honored
were Fred Reed, G. T. Smallwood,
Cleon Throckmorton, J. D. Eggles-
ton and Norris Gaddess.
The following telegram was sent
to President Wilson, Honorary
President of the Boy Scouts of
America, on Aug. 7:
Hon. Woodrow Wilson,
President United States,
Washington, D. C.:
To live for others is the spirit of
every Boy Scout. It was the su-
preme ideal of the one who now is
gone. We all feel, therefore, we
have lost a friend. Our hearts are
grieved, and we all join in praying
that the world's sympathy and
charity will be stronger for such a
noble, kindly, and self-sacrificing
spirit having lived.
Soon after the news of Mrs. Wil-
son's death was announced, requests
began to come to National Head-
quarters for some action by means
of which the Boy Scouts of America
might express their sympathy for
their Honorary President in his
Acting on these suggestions, a
five-foot floral design of the First
Class Scout badge was sent to the
White House in the name of the
Boy Scouts of America, and paid for
from voluntary offerings.
SCOUTS IN THE WARRING NATIONS.
They Will Do Their Duty Patriotically and Efficiently-
Their Humane Service Already Begins.
A STATEMENT BY THE CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE.
UNEXPECTEDLY the great powers of
Europe have become involved in a
fierce and desperate struggle to settle
their differences by ancient methods. This
has been a distinct shock to everyone en-
gaged in Scouting both here and abroad.
From the information thus far available
to us there seems no reason to justify any
of the steps leading to the development of
this conflict. Certainly all Scout officials
and all Scouts deeply deplore the present
European situation and its awful prospects.
All connected with the Scout Movement
here and abroad have been conscientious
and firm in their purpose in advocating
universal peace. The fact that apparently
a few individuals have been powerful
enough to involve practically the whole of
Europe in what appears to be an uncalled
for, cruel and terrific war, has no bearing
whatever upon the merits of the aims and
purposes of those engaged in carrying out
the program of Scouting.
What part the Scouts will have in the
present war is naturally of grave concern
and deep interest to all engaged in Scout-
ing the world over. It is too early to make
any intelligent comment upon the signifi-
cance of the reports thus far published in
the press. Certainly all connected with
the Boy Scout Movement know that
each Scout and Scout official will, follow-
ing the Scout Oath and Law to which he
has subscribed, do his full duty.
We may reasonably expect that because
of the Scout training, boys will prove
themselves efficient in cooperating with
the Red Cross Society and in numerous
other ways, giving expression to their train-
ing and obligation to be helpful to others at
all times. Likewise we may reasonably ex-
pect that young men who have been Scouts
will prove themselves loyal, thoroughly pa-
triotic and efficient—in every sense better
citizens because of the Scout Movement.
Practically all of the reports already re-
ceived from the countries engaged in war
tell of Scouts doing all they can to relieve
distress and suffering. In Germany the
Scouts have volunteered to assist in gather-
ing the harvests. In England the Scouts
have volunteered their services as messen-
gers where lines of communication have
been cut, to patrol the exposed lines
of communication, and to give warning if
danger threatens. It is also reported that
Scouts may be used to help care for the
wounded. The Red Cross is organizing
Scouts to assist in its work.
The Scout Movement has definitely been
established in each one of the countries now
at war with an estimated enrollment of
Everyone interested in Scouting here will
watch for all references to the Boy Scouts
or the Boy Scout Movement with keen
interest, and it is hoped that we may, work-
ing together, be effective in having correct-
ly and clearly understood the significance
of authentic reports which may be received
from time to time.
All friends of the Movement will be safe
in maintaining that when the real facts are
available it will be proved that the Scouts
directly or indirectly involved in any mat-
ter growing out of the present conflict, will
reflect credit upon the Scout training and
prove that it has been consistent with the
claims for the movement here and abroad.
The Boy Scout Movement is now doing,
and will continue after this war to do, all
in its power in the interest of peace scout-
ing consistently hoping for the approach of
the day when there will be no war.
James E. West,
fhief Scout Executive.
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