Scouting, Volume 2, Number 21, March 1, 1915 Page: 1
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Published semi-mdnthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
NEW YORK, N. Y., MARCH i, 1915.
PLANS BIG CAMPAIGN
Borough and District Plan of Organization
Proves Its Merits by
'HE Local Council of Pittsburgh on
February 24, unanimously agreed to
undertake a short term campaign for
the purpose of raising $50,000 for scout
^ work for the next three years. This $50,-
000 is to include a contribution to the Na-
tional Council. In order that every dollar
contributed to this $50,000 fund may be
devoted directly to scout work the mem-
bers of the Council agreed to be person-
ally responsible for all expenses incident to
This decision was made at a meeting of
the Council attended by the Chief Scout
Executive, James E. West, who went to
Pittsburgh at the invitation of the Council
to be present at this meeting.
Thirty-six members of the Local Council
were present at this meeting. Reports
presented showed that conditions are most
encouraging. The Allegheny Council has
organized forty-one councils or committees
representing a membership of 541 business
men, including representatives of some of
the largest business interests in Pitts-
burgh and Allegheny County.
An especially strong feature is the Court
of Honor which has an enrollment of 205
men, each having some special qualifica-
tion as an examiner for the various scout
tests. At present there are 118 Scoutmast-
ers in good standing, 85 registered As-
sistant Scoutmasters and 2,200 registered
Scouts. The significance of this enroll-
ment is shown by the fact that a year ago
the total enrollment was 700. The won-
derful growth of the past year is credited
. to the district organization plan which has
stimulated interest and proved to be an in-
centive to the development of new troops.
This rapid development is further ex-
plained by the activities of the members
of the Council. Notwithstanding the fact
that the members are all active in busi-
ness, many of them have devoted from
one to three evenings a week during the
_ past year to the organization of district
councils. The President of the Council,
Mr. Erasmus Wilson, made 23 speeches
during the month of January alone in
connection with scout meetings.
This remarkable development of Scout-
ing has served as an incentive to the council
members to undertake even greater work
for the future. This was the object which
prompted them to undertake the campaign
for $50,000 which is soon to be inaugurated.
Mr. West reports that the members or
the Council were enthusiastic as to the ad-
vantage of the Borough and District plan.
SCOUT FUNDS PLEDGED
IN NEWARK AND BUFFALO
Mr. John H. Traeger
A SCOUT EXECUTIVE
John H. Traeger Takes Charge of the
Work—Funds for Three Years
ANNOUNCEMENT has been made by
the Local Council of Cincinnati,
Ohio, of the appointment of John
H. Traeger to the office of Scout Ex-
ecutive. Mr. Traeger has already taken
charge of the work and is now busy mak-
ing plans for the development of Scouting
The engagement of Mr. Traeger as Scout
Executive comes as the direct result of the
financial campaign for $10,000, the success-
ful completion of which was announced
in the last number of Scouting. This
fund will be sufficient to finance the work
of the movement for three years.
Mr. Traeger has had considerable ex-
perience in scout work in the capicity of
Scoutmaster. He served from August
1911 to July, 1913, as Scoutmaster of Troop
3, Princeton, N. J. Since December, 1913,
he has been Scoutmaster of Troop 75,
Baltimore, Md. As Scoutmaster of the
Princeton Troop he had an active part in
the participation of the Boy Scouts in the
inauguration of President Wilson and it
was his work on that occasion that first
brought him to the attention of the officials
of the scout movement.
Mr. Traeger is a man about thirty-four
years of age, a graduate of Lehigh Uni-
versity from which institution he holds a
degree as Civil Engineer. Since his grad-
uation he has been engaged in various
lines of engineering work.
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Total of Nearly Sixteen Thousand Dollars
Raised in Two Short-Term
BUFFALO, N. Y., conducted its third
annual financial campaign from Feb-
ruary 12-15. In the three days $8,-
100.00 was raised. Since then the fund
has grown to $9,200.00 and subscriptions
are still coming in, so that the local au-
thorities feel confident that the $10,000
mark will be reached. More than 1,500
individual subscriptions have been re-
ceived to date.
The campaign was conducted by eight
patrols of ten workers each representing
the Chamber of Commerce and the various
clubs of the city.
The competition between the patrols was
won by the women's patrol with a total
to its credit of $1,424.00.
The daily papers supported the campaign
most loyally, editorial endorsements ap-
pearing in every paper published in the
_ A feature of the publicity in connec-
tion with the campaign was the demon-
stration of activities by Scouts in uniform
in the window of one of the large down-
town department stores.
Benefits Already Apparent
The benefits derived from the campaign
are already being evidenced. Public in-
terest has been aroused and a better un-
derstanding of the movement is apparent.
Many boys are being enrolled as Scouts
and_ numerous new troops are being or-
ganized. It is certain that the funds
available will enable Buffalo to increase
its standard of scout work as well as to
extend the benefits of the organization to
hundreds of new boys.
, Newark Campaign Succeeds
Funds for a two years' budget for fi-
nancing Boy Scout work in Newark, N. J.,
were raised during the three day campaign
conducted on February 16, 17 and 18.
When the campaign closed $6,000 had been
subscribed. Since that time other sub-
scriptions have been received so that the
total amount will be something more than
the $6,000 asked for.
The campaign was conducted by teams
which divided the city and worked as
organized units. These teams met at
luncheon each day during the campaign
to report their pledges and to make plans
for the further progress of the work. The
final plans for the campaign were an-
nounced at a dinner on Monday evening,
February 15, at _ which the workers were
addressed by Chief Scout Executive James
E. West and Mr. Mortimer L. Schiff, a
member of the National Council.
A total of 145 individual pledges was re-
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