Scouting, Volume 2, Number 18, January 15, 1915 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., JANUARY 15, 1915.
SCOUT TRAINING COURSE
PLANNED FOR COLUMBIA.
Arrangements Now Being Made with Dr.
James E. Russell, Dean of the
ARRANGEMENTS are being made to
make Scouting a regular feature of
the work at Teachers' College,
The first suggestion for co-operation by
Columbia with the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica came in a letter to Chief Scout Execu-
tive James E. West from Dr. James E.
Russell, Dean of the Teachers' College, in
which he expressed the hope that he might
be able to do something definite to further
the work of the movement. Mr. West
had a conference with Dr. Russell and pre-
sented to him a proposition for establish-
ing a course for Scoutmasters. Following
this conference Dr. Russell wrote to Mr.
West as follows:
"After thinking over our conference of yester-
day I wish to make the following proposals:
1. That Teacher's College should offer _ two
courses in the next Summer Session—
(o) One on extra school activities for boys
and girls (Scouting, Camp Fire, Big
Brothers, etc.), especially designed for
school superintendents, principals, su-
pervisors, normal and high school
(b) One on training of Scoutmasters, to be
closely associated with practical work
in conducting scout encampments. In
this connection we can arrange a
broad elective curriculum for subjects
now given in College, suitable for
training men to become leaders of
the Scout Movement and which would
lead to a special certificate or an ad-
vanced degree (for college graduates).
2. That you maintain a model camp on our
grounds at Fieldston (246th Street), op-
posite Van Cortlandt Park, or at some
other convenient place. This camp to be
under control in a general way of the
instructor appointed to conduct the camp
3. That Teacher's College shall appoint the
instructor for the courses above named
and appropriate for the purpose a mod-
erate sum—say $300-—leaving to your
Board the privilege of increasing the
honorarium if you wish to do so."
I am also ready to recommend to our Trustees
and Faculty that Teachers' College co-operate with
you in establishing a department of Scouting
Education for the purpose of training during the
regular academic year your Scoutmasters
and Scout Executives,_ and according to such a
department, all the privileges that Teachers' Col-
lege affords, provided the right _ man can be
secured to lead the work, and provided that funds
can be guaranteed by friends of the Movement
to pay the necessary expenses. The_ College is
not in a position to undertake so serious a work
unless it can foresee sufficient financial support.
We can provide probably three-fourths of all the
instruction needed, but the practical training
and the executive management must be supplied.
I need not tell you that I am greatly interested
in your work and will gladly do anything that
lies in my power to make the Boy Scout move-
ment the educational success that it deserves
I am, with best wishes,
Very sincerely yours,
(Signed) James E. Russell.
It is hoped that National Headquar-
ters will have a more definite announce-
ment to make in the next issue of Scout-
ing about the development of this plan.
FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD
AT WASHINGTON, D. C., FEBRUARY 11.
President Wilson Will Receive Members of National Council at
White House—Big Scout Rally in the Evening.
The Fifth Annual Meeting
for Members of the National
Time—F ebruary 11.
Place—-Washington, D. C.
Headquarters—New Willard Hotel.
Principal Features of Program:
Address by Mr. Colin H. Livingstone, Presi-
Reports of National Court of Honor, Edi-
torial Board, Committee on Badges and
Awards, Field Department, Committee on
Scout Supplies, Finance Committee,
Treasurer, Chief Scout Executive.
Discussion and action on new business.
Reception for National Council Members at
the White House and address by Hon.
Woodrow Wilson, President of the United
Resolutions, nominations and election of
Boy Scout Rally at Convention Hall.
THE fifth annual meeting of the Na-
tional Council of the Boy Scouts of
America will be held at Washington,
D. C., on Thursday, February n. This
date was definitely decided upon on Janu-
ary 13, when Mr. Colin H. Livingstone,
President of the National Council, was as-
sured by President Wilson that he would
arrange to receive the members of the
National Council on that day and deliver
an address to them.
The business sessions of the meeting
will be held at the New Willard hotel,
where headquarters will be established.
Members of the National Council are re-
quested to register at headquarters im-
mediately upon their arrival in Washing-
There will be no change in the usual
order of business at the meeting this year
and the same program which has been in
effect in past meetings of the Council will
be followed. Announcement of the princi-
pal features of the program will be found
on this page.
Features of the Program.
The meeting will be opened with an ad-
dress by President Livingstone. The report
of the National Court of Honor will be
presented by the Chief Scout, Mr. Ernest
Thompson Seton. There will be three re-
ports presented by the Editorial Board.
One of these reports will be made by the
chairman, Mr. William D. Murray. Mr.
Frank Presbrey will present a report on
behalf of the official magazine, Boys' Life,
and the report of the book department
will be presented by Mr. Franklin K.\
Mathiews, Chief Scout Librarian.
Dr. George J. Fisher, chairman of the
Committee on Badges and Awards, will de-
liver the report of that committee. Mr.
S. A. Moffatt, National Field Scout Com-
missioner, will report on the work of the
field department. The report of the Com-
mittee on Scout Supplies will be presented
by the Secretary, Mr. Frederick N. Cooke,
Jr. The report of the Finance Committee
will be read by the chairman, Mr. John
Sherman Hoyt, which will be followed by
the report of the treasurer, Mr. George D.
Pratt. The report of the Chief Scout
Executive, Mr. James E. West, will con-
clude this part of the program.
Following the reports there will be a gen-
eral discussion of the matter presented,
after which new business will be brought
to the attention of the Council.
At the White House.
The reception by President Woodrow
Wilson will be held at 2 :oo o'clock, in the
East Room of the White House. Another
business meeting will be held at the hotel
at ^tiS, at which the report of the Com-
mittees on Resolutions and Nominations
will be received and acted upon.
Great Rally in Evening.
A new feature of the annual meeting
this year will be a Boy Scout rally at
Convention Hall at 8 :oo o'clock in the
evening. Plans are being made to make
this rally one of the biggest and most in-
spiring exhibitions of Scout work ever
given in the United States. The demon-
strations of scoutcraft will be given by
the Boy Scouts of Washington and other
cities in that vicinity. It is expected that
more than 2,000 Scouts will be in attend-
ance. An announcement of the program
for this rally will be made in the next
issue of Scouting.
The members of the Executive Board of
the National Council are anxious that An-
niversary Week be made more of a na-
tional celebration than ever before. For
that reason the program for the week was
announced in the last issue of Scouting,
more than five weeks before Anniversary
Day, so that Scout officials would have
plenty of time to prepare for participation
in this general program for the whole
country. The main features of this pro-
gram are reprinted on page three of this
number of Scouting,
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