Scouting, Volume 2, Number 12, October 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„ OCTOBER 15, 1914.
NEW SCOUT EXECUTIVE.
Mr. Walter S. Cowing Is a Man^of Care =
ful Training and Unusually Wide
ANNOUNCEMENT has been made by
the Local Council of Philadelphia of
the appointment of Mr. Walter S. Cowing
to the position of Scout Executive of that
city. Mr. Cowing has already taken up
his duties in Philadelphia.
The new Scout Executive resigned his
physician as physical director of the
Friends' School, Germantown, Philadelphia,
which he had held for twelve years, in or-
der to take up the Scout work.
Mr. Cowing is especially well qualified
for work with boys both by training and
experience. He first attended the public
schools in Northampton, Mass. Later he
took a course in physical education under
Robert J. Roberts, of Boston, Mass. At
the completion of this work Mr. Cowing
became a student in the department of
physical education at Columbia University.
Later his studies were continued in the
Medico Chi, of Philadelphia. He also had
three years' work in the Medical Depart-
ment of Temple University.
Mr. Cowing has held three positions as
physical director in the Y. M. C. A. For
some time he was general secretary and
physical director of the association in New-
buryport, Mass. He served as director of
physical training at Holyoke, and later had
charge of the physical training department
in the Y. M. C. A. at Germantown, Phila-
delphia. He resigned that position to en-
ter the Friends' School in 1902.
Philadelphia's new Commissioner has
also had considerable experience with boys'
camps. He has been the organizer, director
and proprietor of Camp Megunticook and
Aroosticook, both of which are in Maine.
Mr. Cowing is a great lover of the out-
door life and has taken many extensive
trips into the more remote forest regions
of the country. He has also had expe-
rience as a lecturer and has written a num-
ber of successful stories for boys, which
have appeared in various publications un-
der the name of " Bombay."
New Merit Badge Blanks Ready.
The need for a more complete merit
badge application has been appreciated by
the National Court of Honor, and a new
blank has been prepared, copies of which
have been forwarded to a number of
Scout Officials. It is desired that these
blanks be used exclusively in the future,
consequently, no application on the old
blank will be honored. Scout Officials are
requested to destroy all old blanks in their
possession. The new blanks will be gladly
furnished on request.
MR. WALTER S. COWING.
Revised Edition of Handbook
Is Now Available.
'THE revised edition of the Handbook for
Boys is now available for distribution.
This book has been thoroughly brought up
to date. The first chapter is entirely re=
written and includes new requirements for
many of the Merit Badges. The book is
generously illustrated and is handsomely
bound in a new cover with a famous Leyen=
Order direct through National Headquar=
ters whenever possible. Prompt shipment
guaranteed. Recognized as the best book
for boys ever published. Useful not only
to Scouts, but all boys who want to know
how to do things in the right way.
For the conveinence of those who do not
care to purchase a revised Handbook, a
special pamphlet of flfty^six pages contain=
ing all important changes has been pub=
lished and will be available for distribution
October 15 at five cents per copy. While
this pamphlet will not be as satisfactory
as the new Handbook, it will serve all
practical purposes by bringing up to date
all previous editions of the Official Hand=
book for Boys.
ENCOURAGING REPORTS AT
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING.
Progress of Work from June to October
Outlined by Chief Scout
A REGULAR meeting of the Executive
Board of the National Council was
held at the Lawyers' Club in New York
City on October 5.
At this meeting the Chief Scout Execu-
tive, Mr. James E. West, reported on the
progress of the work from June to Oc-
tober. Mr. West's report detailed the Scout
activities of this period, such as various
Scout camps, Safe and Sane Fourth par-
ticipations, Scout work at G. A. R. encamp-
ment at Detroit, Scout relief work at
Salem fire, etc.
The following extract from Mr. West's
report which deals with the new member-
ship plan will be especially interesting to
" The new membership plan has worked
out with as much success as might be rea-
sonably expected for its first year. Alto-
gether about $26,000 was received. The ex-
pense involved was approximately $-5,000,
including the membership certificates, extra
printing and clerical work involved.
"Two hundred and twenty-four Councils
have been chartered under the new plan.
" Commissions have been granted to 5,338
men to serve as Scoutmasters. Of this
number 233 have resigned or been
sixty-five have resigned or been dropped,
leaving 1,901 now active under the new
"Two thousand one hundred and sixty-
six men have received commissions as
Assistant Scoutmasters. Two hundred and
sixty-five have resigned or been dropped,
leaving 1,901 now active under the new plan.
" Commissions have been granted to 301
Scout Commissioners,-one having resigned,
leaving 300 now active under the new plan.
"These figures do not, however, repre-
sent the total strength of the Scout move-
ment to-day. Over 2,000 Scoutmasters,
1,000 Assistants, 100 Scout Commissioners
and 300 Councils have declined to resign,
but have not yet paid dues. Many of these
claim that they have made their arrange-
ments to fully comply with the membership
plan during the coming year, but did not
wish to come in late in the previous year.
" A number of Scout centers reported
that they have withheld the registration of
boys within the last few months because
under the new plan they were required to
pay a full twentv-five cents for the re-
maining period covered by the registration
of their troop."
As to field work, Mr. West reported:
" Practically all that can be accomplished
by correspondence has been done in or-
ganizing the eight districts for field work.
It now remains for our field men to actually
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