Scouting, Volume 2, Number 20, February 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., FEBRUARY 15, 1915.
FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING
HELD IN WASHINGTON
Many National Council Members and
Accredited Local Council Delegates
Appreciation of the wonderful
opportunity of the Boy Scout Move-
ment for training the future citizen-
ship of the country, and a realization of
the tremendous duty resting upon the ac-
tive workers to take advantage in the
most effective way of this opportunity, was
the feeling which pervaded the Fifth An-
imal Meeting of the National Council of
the Boy Scouts of America held at Wash-
ington, D. C, on February 11.
Nearly seventy-five members of -the Na-
tional Council and accredited representa-
tives of local councils in various parts of
the country were in attendance.
The first session of the meeting was
held at 9.30 A. M. at the New Willard Ho-
tel. The principal feature of this meet-
ing was the reading of reports.
The report of the National Court of
Honor was read by National Scout Com-
missioner, Daniel Carter Beard. Mr.
Beard's report showed a most gratifying
increase in the activities of this department
as indicated by the award of merit badges
and other insignia of scout proficiency. The
total number of merit badges issued dur-
ing 19x4 was 10,449. The significance of
this number is shown by a comparison with
the record for 1913 which was 5>52i. Dur-
ing 1914, 165 Eagle Scout badges were
awarded as compared with 54 for 1913; 59
Star Scout badges were issued during 1914
and 35 during 1913; 60 Life Scout badges
were issued during the past year as com-
pared with 37 during the previous year.
Mr. Beard's report showed that during
1914, 29 Scouts were awarded medals for
life saving, while 13 Scouts were awarded
letters of commendation.
The report of the Finance Committee
which was read by Mr. John Sherman
Hoyt, outlined the various successful cam-
paigns for funds which have been con-
ducted on behalf of National Headquarters
and the local work in various cities. His
report showed that the special financial
campaign which was conducted for the
work of the national organization, together
with the regular contributions and the
money received from the registration plan
will enable the movement to do business
on a cash basis, at least during the pres-
The Treasurer's Report was presented by
Mr. George D. Pratt. The report showed
total receipts for the year amounting to
$250,423.09. The total disbursements for
the year amounted to $231,917.15. The fig-
PRESIDENT WILSON TELLS WHY
HE APPROVES BOY SCOUT WORK
His Address to Members of the National Council and a
Group of Boy Scouts at the White House
on February 11.
I am sincerely glad to have the pleasure of this visit from you, and to have an
opportunity to express my very sincere interest not only in the organization of the
Boy Scouts but in the objects that that organization has. From all that I know of
it, and from all that I have been able to observe personally, it is an admirable
organization, devoted to the objects that I myself thoroughly believe in.
There is only one rule in the world, and it applies to all professions, and that
is that you are expected to "make good." No excuses are allowed in this school
of life, and the only way to make good is to keep faith. That is the reason I like
the idea of the Boy Scouts—because of their secure notion of being responsible to
society. They are responsible to the people who live around them—to help main-
tain the standards of order and fidelity upon which the community depends.
You are recruits in the ranks that we all stand in, and that is to serve the
country in some way that will tell, and that has nothing particular to do with our
own personal benefit. The man who devotes himself exclusively to the develop-
ment of his own character will succeed in nothing except to make of himself a
prig. But if he devotes himself to helping other people his character will not only
take care of itself but it will grow to a very noble stature.
I have always maintained that, in the language of manufacture, character is
a by-product. If you set out to develop it because you love it for yourself you
will be an ass. If you disregard the consequences to yourself in order to serve
other people you will make a noble gentlemen, and that I believe is fundamental
and sacred in an organization of this sort.
I congratulate you for belonging to it and hope you will honor it in every way
by your conduct and allegiance.
ures showed a cash balance on December
31 of $18,505.94. Other assets bring this
total up to $38,352.72. The report showed
a balance of $2,211.08 in favor of the offi-
cial magazine, Boys' Life, as compared with
a balance of $1.76 for the previous year.
The report of Dr. George j. Fisher,
Chairman of the Committee on Badges,
Awards and Scout Requirements, pre-
sented to the Council the older boy prob-
FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT
The complete texts of all reports
read at the National Council Meet-
ing on Feb. 11 will appear in the
Fifth Annual Report, which will
be published at an early date as
an issue of Scouting.
lem. It was called to the attention of the
Council that the results of a meeting of the
Committee on this matter had been sub-
mitted to the field to receive the sugges-
tions of men actively engaged in the work
of the Movement. It was decided that
no action on the matter should be taken
until an expression of opinion had been
received, and the Committee was given
power to act when enough data has been
collected to enable them to do so.
The report of Frederick n. Cooke, Jr.,
secretary of the Committee on Scout Sup-
plies, emphasized the desire of the members
of the Committee to receive suggestions
from any men who are interested in the
work of the Movement. The policy of the
Supply Department to render service help-
ful to Scoutmasters was reiterated.
The report of Mr. William D. Murray,
chairman of the Editorial Board, consisted
of a brief resume of the editorial^ activi-
ties, the Handbook and other publications
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