Scouting, Volume 2, Number 9, September 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., SEPTEMBER i, 1914.
NEED OF THE MOVEMENT
IN THE TIME OF WAR.
How Friends of the Scout Work Can
Assist in Maintaining it
AT this time when there are so many dis-
turbing factors in the business world,
it is essential for all to act calmly
and with prudence in all business trans-
actions. The consensus of opinion here in
New York among leaders of industries and
business concerns seems to justify the hope
that as soon as certain adjustments are
made, this country will experience an un-
usual period of prosperity. Certainly it is
the duty of all patriotic Americans to work
to this end.
We, as Scout Officials, can do our part
by being wholesomely optimistic and prompt
in the payment of our obligations .and
economical but not to the extent of retard-
ing important work.
_ The expenses of the National Organiza-
tion are met by membership fees, contri-
butions and receipts from the supply de-
partment. The small margin of profit in
handling supplies will be especially an asset
at this time and, therefore, all Scout
Officials are urged to place orders , with us
wherever possible. As now conducted, the
service is prompt and efficient.
Another way in which all Scout Officials
may greatly help the National Organization
at this time is to arrange now for the pay-
ment of registration fees promptly. The
registration of over two-thirds of the
troops expires September 30. A prompt
payment of fees will be a great help and
Mr. John Sherman Hoyt, chairman of
our finance committee, is sending out the
" The European war with all its horrors
brings out more distinctly than ever the
merits of the Boy Scout scheme—its pro-
gram for good citizenship, character de-
velopment and humane service. It helps
boys to realize that PEACE, not WAR,
will make a great nation and that to
CREATE is greater than to DESTROY.
" In Germany, France, England. Russia,
Austria, Belgium and Servia there are
350,000 Boy Scouts, each pledged to the
same Scout Oath and Law as the Scouts in
our own country. Already instances of
humane service by Boy Scouts in these
warring nations have attracted world-wide
" The Boy Scout movement is a distinct
asset to America. As never before it needs
the moral and financial support of every
patriotic American. Disturbed business
conditions make necessarv THTS SPECIAL
APPEAL TO YOU FOR HELP—$5.00
or more—indeed, anything that you- can
give now to help us through this crisis,
will be an investment for our country."
Local Scout Officials are requested to
send to Mr. Hoyt, at 200 Fifth Avenue,
New York, the names of people in their
communities who might favorably respond
to such an appeal.
SCOUT EXECUTIVE AND TWO
SCOUTS LOSE THEIR LIVES.
Sad Accident on a Hiking Trip of Boys
from Toledo, O.
f~\ NE of the saddest accidents in the an-
nals of the Boy. Scout movement in
the United States occurred on August 11,
when Scout Executive James B. Ecker and
two of his Scouts were drowned in Lake
Mr. Ecker, with more than 100 Scouts,
left Toledo on August 10 for an extended
hike along the shore of Lake Erie. On
Tuesday afternoon the party pitched camp
on the Maumee Bay, and after the boys
had cooled off Scoutmaster Ecker permit-
ted them to go in bathing. Mr. Ecker and
some of the boys remained on shore to
watch the swimmers.
When about forty feet from shore Scout
John Pierce, who was unable to swim,
stepped into a swift current and was car-
ried into deep water. Scout Glenwood Al-
bert, seventeen years old, went to his aid,
and while bringing him back to safety he
himself was taken with cramps and
shouted for help. Mr. Ecker, who was
fully dressed, plunged into the lake and
swam toward the two boys, who were
struggling, in the water. When within a
few feet of Pierce and Albert Mr. Ecker
threw up his hands and shouted for help.
Scout Wayne Dancer seized him and both
sank. When they rose to the surface Dan-
cer lost his hold on Ecker's arm and the
latter sank for the last time. In the mean-
time Scout Albert had also disappeared.
Scout Pierce, however, was saved by two
comrades just as he was going down for
the third time. While these events were
transpiring Scout Paul Graves, sixteen
years old, who had also, been carried
into deep water by the treacherous current,
had got beyond his depth. He drowned
before assistance could reach him.
Eight other boys, who were in great dan-
ger, were saved by the promptness of their
comrades in forming a human chain, and
were dragged back to shore after a hard
struggle. Four of these boys who were
saved in this way were unconscious when
their rescuers finally got them to shore, but
first aid methods, promptly applied, soon
restored them to consciousness.
The camp expedition was abandoned and
the entire troop returned to Toledo the
HOW BRITISH SCOUTS AID
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WAR.
Chief Scout Baden=Powell's Instruc=
tions on the Service the Boys
Can Render at Home.
LIEUT.-GEN. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-
Powell, K. C. B., Chief Scout of the
Boy Scouts of Great Britain has is-
sued in the English Scout Headquarters
Gazette, the following statement and in-
structions to the thousands of troops of
Scouts iij the British Empire :
" The sudden rush to arms on-the part of
the great nations of Europe against each
other over a comparatively small incident
in Servia, shows why it is so essential to Be
Prepared at all times for what is possible,
even though it may not be probable.
" Also it shows how little are the peoples
of these countries as yet in sufficient mutual
sympathy as to render wars impossible be-
tween them. This will be so until better
understanding .is generally established. Let
us do what we can through the Scout
brotherhood to promote this in the future.
For the immediate present we have duties
to our country to perform.
HOW THE BOY SCOUTS CAN HELP.
" In this time of national emergency comes
the opportunity for the Scouts organization
to show that it can be of material service
to the country.
"Just as the boys of Mafeking were util-
ized to take the lighter work of men in
order that these might be released to the
more arduous duties of war, so can the
Scouts now give valuable assistance to the
State at home—and for this their training
and organization has already to a great ex-
tent fitted them.
" Their duties would be non-military, and
would rather come within the scope of
police-work, and would, therefore, be
carried out under the general direction of
the Chief Constable in each county. They
would include the following :
"(a) Guarding and patrolling bridges, cul-
verts, telegraph lines, etc., against
damage by spies.
"(b) Collecting information as to supplies,
transports, etc.. available.
"(c) Handing out notices to inhabitants,
and other duties connected with billet-
ing, commandeering, warning, etc.
"(d) Carrying out organized relief meas-
ures amongst inhabitants.
"(e) Carrying out communications by
means of dispatch-riders, signalers,
"(f) Helping families of men employed in
defense duties, or sick or wounded, etc.
"(g) Establishing first-aid, dressing 01*
nursing stations, refuges, dispensaries.,
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