Scouting, Volume 2, Number 10, September 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., SEPTEMBER 15, 1914.
RE=REGISTRATION BEGINS OCTOBER FIRST.
THE registration of all the Boy Scouts in the United
States will begin on October 1. National Head-
quarters is making every effort to prepare to
handle the rush of work whicii this registration will
bring. For weeks requests for information on enrol-
ment have been coming to National Headquarters from
all parts of the country and hundreds of Scoutmasters
have written saying that their boys are ready to become
officially enrolled on the very first day.
lhere is evidently going to be considerable competi-
tion among the troops for the honor of being the first
registered. A number of Scoutmasters have written
asking if it cannot be arranged for their troop to be the
first to be officially enrolled.
I he favorable attitude and cordial co-operation of
Scout officials throughout the field indicates that this
plan for putting every Scout in the country on exactly
the same basis as an official member of the great " broth-
erhood of boys/' will be speedily carried into operation,
with all its attendant benefits to the -Movement. It is
planned to publish in Scouting from month to month the
names of all re-registered Scout officials in the order of
their receipt,, as far as is practicable, at National Head-
The following statement concerning the registration
plan has been prepared in order that there may be no
misunderstanding as to the details and purposes of the
plan itself and no confusion in putting it into operation.
THE _first year's experience with the new member-
ship plan has demonstrated the wisdom of this
method of making the Scout movement partially
self-supporting. Practically speaking, there has been
110 opposition from the field to the membership plan, and,
indeed, in no case, has it been brought to our attention
that boys objected to this opportunity for them to share
in the expense of maintaining Scout work in this country.
In addition to the revenue the plan has produced for
the Scout work, it has made possible accurate records
and increased efficiency in many directions. It has en-
abled us to bring to the attention of every duly regis-
tered Scout official through our semi-monthly bulletin,
Scouting, and the monthly magazine, Boys' Life, up-to-
date information which has resulted in better Scouting.
It has distributed the burden of maintaining the Na-
tional Headquarters throughout the whole country in a
fair and equitable manner.
It is hoped that, with the increased interest in Scout-
ing which is being developed and the added revenue
from this and other sources, more field work may be
done during the coming year; that with the fees which
boys are earning and transmitting to National Head-
quarters the influence of the movement may be extended
to other boys in greater numbers than ever before.
One defect was found in the plan early in the year.
Originally it was intended to have every Scout on ex-
actly the same footing, so far as the work of the National
Council is concerned. Contrary to the original plan,
however, arrangements, were made to have the fees di-
vided with local councils—15 cents being retained by
Councils of the First Class and 5 cents by Councils of
the Second Class. This proved to be unwise.
\ Equality for All.
This was found objectionable by officials not only be-
cause of the amount of detail work involved, but because
resulted in establishing a different relationship between
the work of the National organizations and boys living
in cities where Councils are organized. In cities of the
"First Class," where only the io-cents-a-boy fee reached
National Headquarters, it so decreased the income to Na-
tional Headquarters in many cases, especially with small
troops, that it actually involved more expense than was
received from dues. As a result of this, Boy Scouts
living in large cities have been denied the opportunity
of having a real part in extending the influence of the
Scout Movement to other communities, and it practically
left the burden to Scouts in communities not under Local
Improvement in Plan.
In order to place all Scouts of the cities, as well as
of the smaller communities, on the same footing, and to
provide for a sufficient income to cover the expense of
registration of every troop, the National Council,
through its Executive Board, at its meeting in January,
1914, modified the plan, to become effective as soon as
practicable, so as to provide a minimum registration fee
of $3.00 and to do away with the division of the 25 cents
per boy with Local Councils. This matter was presented
to the National Council at its annual meeting in Feb-
ruary and was approved.
Already in Operation.
The plan of having a $3.00 minimum fee and the en-
tire 25-cent fee paid to the National Council has already
been in successful operation for the last few months
with all newly organized troops and newly chartered
Councils. It becomes effective for all on October 1.
Support of Field.
Announcement of this change was made in Scouting
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