Scouting, Volume 2, Number 21, March 1, 1915 Page: 4
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PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY NATIONAL HEAD-
QUARTERS, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, FOR SCOUT
OFFICIALS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN
THE BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT.
without ostentation or pretense. It will
be so in your town.—Richmond, Va.,
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL AND
Honorary President: Woodrow Wilson.
Honorary Vice-President: William H. Taft.
Honorary Vice-President: Theodore Roosevelt.
President: Colin H. Livingstone, Washington.
Nat'l Scout Commissioner: Daniel C. Beard.
Treasurer: George D. Pratt, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Chief Scout Executive: James E. West, N. Y. C.
Office of Publication: 200 Fifth Avenue,
New York City.
Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office,
New York, N. Y., under the act of
August 24, 1912.
VOL. II. MARCH I, 1915. No. 21.
A PRINCIPLE ILLUSTRATED.
NO clearer illustration of one of the
fundamental principles of Scouting
could be found than the following
extract from a letter recently received
from Mr. Fred Varcoe of Walden, Col-
"I am very pleased to say that we
have organized our Boy Scouts and I
think will be able to get a local com-
mittee later on. We have an old
school house across the road and the
boys have worked hard in fixing it
up. It has been a big joke for some
of them as they found that they were
fixing up the same windows which
they themselves had smashed in dur-
ing the past few months."
It is because the Boy Scout movement
offers boys an incentive to expend their
natural energy in a constructive rather
than in a destructive manner that the or-
ganization has proved to be such a won-
Cincinnati Employs Executive.
One of the most striking evidences of
the rapid and substantial progress of the
Boy Scout movement is the demand from
the larger cities for men having the qual-
ities of leadership and the executive ability
necessary to direct the local organizations
of. scout work. At present National Head-
quarters has requests for seven men to do
this kind of work, and it is practically cer-
tain that within a month or six weeks
places will be open in various parts of the
country for eleven paid secretaries.
For some time the big problem of the
Field Department will be to find the proper
men for these positions. Numerous ap-
plications are on file at National Head-
quarters and it only remains to be decided
which of the applicants are best fitted for
the duties of Scout Executives.
forty-eight hours from receipt of order, I
felt very skeptical. I feel now that I de-
serve this little delay and extra trouble
(referring to necessitv of exchanging some
garments) for presuming to doubt.
"If my experience can be of assistance
to other Scoutmasters, my advice would be
to order strictly by age sizes and ignore
A Scoutmaster's Prayer.
From C. Burtis Hunter, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Put me in touch with the heart of the boy,
Let me study his doubts and fears,
Let me try to show him the Way of Life
And help him avoid its tears;
For the heart of the Boy, in its buoyancy,
Is one that is pure and free,
So put me in touch with the heart of the
The heart of the Man-to-Be!
WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
will be gla,d to receive from
the field, opinions of officials
as to what Scouts should NOT do.
as Scouts and in the name of the
Boy Scouts of America.
WHY BOY SCOUTS?
Editor The News-Leader:
Will you please tell me what good
results we might expect from the es-
tablishment in our town of a troop of
Boy Scouts? M. L. R.
What good results?
Suppose, Mr. Querist, that when we
were boys there had been in our lives, to
supplement that of parents, church and
jschool, an influence for physical strength,
for moral cleanliness and for public ser-
vice. Suppose we could have been taught
the blessings of laboring for the com-
munity, of making the body a fit dwelling-
place for the spirit, of knowing something
of the world about us, of mastering the
rudiments of useful arts and of being
equipped for citizenship. Suppose we had
been under the direction of a man who was
mentor but friend, counselor but comrade.
Suppose we had been drilled in co-opera-
tion and tutored in self-restraint.
Would we not today be better and more
useful men? These are the things the Boy
Scout movement is doing in Richmond
For Belgian Babies.
Hon. James Gustavus Whiteley, Secre-
tary General of the Central Committee,
Belgium Relief Fund has brought to the
attention of National Headquarters an op-
portunity for Boy Scouts of the country to
render service to the people in Belgium.
At present one of the most pressing
needs is for milk for the Belgium babies.
To supply this need the Central Committee
has organized a special fund to be known
as "The Princess Marie's Milk Fund."
The Central Committee will supply pla-
cards and other materials needed soliciting
money for this fund. It is suggested that
scout troops can be of great service in
distributing these materials and generally
superintending the work of this special re-
Any scout troops that desire to assist in
this effort should write to Mr. Whiteley at
223 West Landale Street, Baltimore, Md.
A Gratifying Incident.
It is the ambition of National Headquar-
ters to develop the Supply Department to
the highest point of efficiency, and to make
it a department of real service. For that
reason the following incident is especially
gratifying to the Headquarters' office.
Not long ago Scoutmaster J. C. M.
Shrewsbury, Mt. Vernon, N. Y., called the
Supply Department on the telephone and
stated that he had a large order to place
for uniforms for his troop. He said he
would be glad to place the order with the
Supply Department if he could be assured
of prompt _ shipment. He was informed
that the uniforms would be shipped within
forty-eight hours from the receipt of the
order and the order was placed. A few
days later the following letter was re-
"I want to say that I am perfectly de-
lighted at the very prompt attention which
was given my order, and you will forgive
me when I confess that when you informed
me we should have our uniforms within
Prevent Coasting Accidents.
A practical good turn undertaken recent-
ly by the Boy Scouts at Worcester, Mass.,
has attracted a great deal of favorable at-
tention in that city. There are a number of
steep hills in Worcester down which the
children have been coasting during the win-
ter months. As a result of this practice,
a great many accidents have occurred by
coasters colliding with pedestrians and ve-
In order to diminish the danger of such
accidents, Scout Commissioner A. R. For-
bush went to the city authorities and of-
fered to place a number of Scouts on
duty at dangerous places, especially at
points where the coasters cross trolley
tracks. A gratifying decrease in coasting
accidents has resulted.
Military Training Not Suited to
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one million to fall back upon. We ought
to have five million Boy Scouts in this
The greatest time put in by any boys
in the schools of today is 1.000 hours.
This means that there are 4,000 waking
hours left to the boy. If you allot one-
half of these waking hours to meals and
well-employed idleness, you- still leave 2,-
000 hours to the boy, without any leader-
ship or training during that time. The
result is that too many boys spend these
hours on the street playing "Cops and
Robbers." Educators throughout the coun-
try have been endeavoring for years to
find some substitute for the game of "Cops
and Robbers," or, seriously speaking, to
bring out in these hours the better quali-
ties which will develop the boy into solid
manhood and make of him a good citi-
zen. This entire movement should receive
the support of the schools throughout the
I am not a militarist in any sense of
the word, but I do feel the need of a
citizen soldiery. As to this phase of the
subj ect. I have not given due delibera-
tion, but I feel that the step between
Boy Scouts and trained soldiers is a State
militia where men old enough and strong
enough to play the soldier's game may be
"I can see no great objection to mili-
tary training in our colleges," concluded
Dean Russell. "College men are strong
enough and old enough for the work and
would unquestionably form a valuable
corps of men to fall back upon as leaders
if a crisis should arise."
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