Scouting, Volume 2, Number 15, December 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„ DECEMBER i, 1914.
MONEY FOR ONE FIELD
DISTRICT IS SLBSCRIBED.
Five Thousand Dollars Available for a
Scout Secretary to Work in
the Middle West.
SUBSTANTIAL progress has been made
during the past few weeks for develop-
ing ihe field work in accordance with
he plans adopted at the last annual meeting.
Samuel A. Moffat and Ludvig S. Dale, Na-
tional Scout Commissioners, personally met
with Field Scout officials in Detroit, Cleve-
land, Toledo, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cin-
cinnati and Dayton, w.th the result that
$5,000 has been subscribed by local Scout
centers to cover the expense of the first
year's work in the 'Middle West, including
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wis-
consin. Everywhere the National Field
Scout Commissioners were met with the ut-
most courtesy and consideration and tiie
plan for field work was heartily endorsed.
Need of Field Work Recognized.
The field is coming to realize more and'
more the absolute need of field work, and
it has now proved its interest in a most con-
clusive manner by providing the funds
needed. And it is especially worthy of
note that where 'Scouting is the best estab-
lished locally they are more than anxious to
add their contribution for " missionary"
service that the thousands of boys who
are waiting to become Scouts may have the
privilege of joining, and that better training
and sound advice may be available at all
times through an expert definitely informed
concerning the various phases of scouting,
and right in the field where he is needed.
This will mean a great saving of time and
expense to headquarters, since it will not
be necessary to send field men direct from
the National office. It will result in better
work and a more steady and wholesome de-
Fine Type of Men in Work.
Mr. Moffat and Mr. Dale report as a sig-
nificant fact connected with the development
of the Scout work the type of men actually
running the local organizations. Without
exception, in every city visited, the men
are the highest type of citizens, well in-
formed and influential, keenly alive to the
opportunities for scouting and enthusiastic-
ally taking advantage of these opportunities,
ff a commission should be asked to select
in every city a supervising body for scout-
ing, it could not possibly select better men
than those who have been attracted to the
movement because of its wonderful plan
and the tremendous effect it is destined to
have on the citizenship of the future.
Field Development in Canada.
It will be of interest to all engaged in
scouting in this country to know that in
Can?da .the appreciation of the need for
die development of the field work is iust as
keen as in our own country. The follow-
ing letter recently received at National
mayor armstrong of pittsburgh signing
fire prevention day proclamation
Headquarters from Mr. Ernest H. Brown,
of the Canadian General Council of the Boy
Scouts' Association, speaks for itself:
" Dear Mr. West :
" Replying to your letter of the 21st in-
stant, we have found in Canada that there
is a very widespread and general interest
among boys in the Boy Scouts work, but
experience has shown us that the work
cannot succeed without the existence of a
stronger form of organization than has
heretofore existed in some of the'Provinces
and districts of the Dominion. At the out-
set the growth of the movement was so
rapid that the demand in many localities
outran the supply of qualified and avail-
able seniors to act as Scoutmasters. In
many of the cities, however, no local asso-
ciations were formed and th^ troops found
it impossible to carry on their work with-
out the support which the associations are
calculated to afford.' Then again, in sev-
eral of the Provinces the Provincial Coun-
cils failed to keep in touch with the dis-
tricts under their charge, and the local
troops and associations were unable to ob-
tain necessary advice and assistance in re-
spect of such matters as supplies, badges,
Financial Support Obtained.
" His Royal Highness the Duke of Con-
naught, who is the Chief Scout of our
Canadian Branch of the Boy Scouts organ-
ization, has taken the verv deepest interest
in the movement since his first arrival in
Canada. As a result of consultations be-
tween His Royal Highness and the Execu-
tive Officers of his Dominion Council an
appeal was made to the late Lord Strath-
cona last year for financial assistance
toward the eaigafgemenit of ;a Dominion
Secretary who would be free to travel
extensively throughout the entire country.
Lord Strathcona's reply to this invitation
was given in the form of a promise of
$•5,000 per year for three years, conditional,
however, upon the raising of an equal
(Continued on pags 8, col 1.)
PITTSBURGH SCOUTS AID
FIRE PREVENTION CAUSE.
Co=operate with Fire Department and
Public Safety Commissioner
in Big Campaign.
■"T HE Boy Scouts of Pittsburgh, Pa., were
an important factor in the fire preven-
tion day activities held in that city recently.
The Scouts have been co-operating wi.h the
city fire department since last May, and
when the plans for a fire prevention day
were started the fire depantm ;nt immedi-
ately determined to use the Scouts in their
One of the most important activities of
the Scouts was a petition to Mayor Arm-
strong requesting him to issue a proclama-
tion for the observance of the day. This peti-
tion was granted by Mayor Armstrong and
the proclamation was issued. As soon as
the Mayor had affixed his signature to the
document a Scout was taken to the top of
the Oliver building, which is the highest
building in the city, and from there the
following message was flashed throughout
the city by wigwag, semaphore, heliograph
and wireless signals: "Mayor Armstrong
grants Boy Scout petition. Declares No-
vember 21 fire prevention day." This mes-
sage was received at various points in the
city, and written on " preventogram blanks,"
which were displayed in shop windows.
The Scouts also assisted by delivering
letters signed by Mr. Charles S. Hubbard,
Director of the Department of Public
Safety, to the ministers of all the churches
in Pittsburgh, requesting them to read the
notice from their pulpits.
On the day of the fire prevention parade
the Scouts assisted the police and formed
a division in the parade. The first class
Scouts were honored by being permitted to
ride on the apparatus of the fire depart-
ment. In the afternoon the Scouts dis-
tributed 100,000 safety first cards in the
Working For $50,000 Fund
Philadelphia's campaign to raise $50,000
for the further development of the Scout
movement in that city started on De-
cember 1 and is to" continue three days.
The campaign is being conducted by forty
teams of five men each. These 200 men
will devote all their time for three days
to the campaign for funds. If Philadel-
phia is successful in this undertaking it is
hoped that the number of Scouts in the
ci'V will be increased from 2,800 to 10,000.
The plans for raising this fund have been
well received by the citizens of Philadel-
phia, and the men who are directing the
efforts of the volunteer solicitors are con-
fident' of success.
A somewhat similar campaign is now
being conducted in New York City.
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