Scouting, Volume 2, Number 21, March 1, 1915 Page: 5
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FROM THE SCOUT FIELD
What the Men are Doing, and
How They Do It
fer it as a cure to other Scoutmasters. If
ever there was a man who had things to
discourage him, it was Abraham Lincoln.
—Clyde L. Williamson, Scoutmaster, Earl-
ville, N. Y.
The Effect of Scouting Upon tlie
Religious. Life of Boys.
Several' years' work among boys con-
vinces me that Scouting is one of the
most important of all agencies for influ-
encing our boys to a higher plane of living,
and even to a saving faith in our Lord and
Master. Much, however, depends upon the
leaders and their conception of their work,
_ "the goal they have in view."
If they have set out to make Scouting
a means of leading their boys to our Mas-
ter, they have an opportunity such as is
unsurpassed by that of any other leader
This is partially caused by the attractive-
ness of the work from a teaching and not
so much a preaching standpoint. The
mind of an adolescent boy is so splendidly
susceptible, so keenly awake, actually
searching for truth and light, that we often
have only to act as a guide.
The natural tendencies of the average
normal boy are not more to do wrong
than to do right. Often when they do
i— wrong it is more a matter of indiscretion
than any real desire to do evil. There-
fore, the importance of having rightful
thoughts and aspirations to place before
them. That they readily embrace truth and
reason when correctly presented, proves
that they have a natural tendency to do
Scouting stimulates this tendency, and
must of necessity bring forth good results.
"The way the twig is bent the tree will in-
cline." This argument may be contrary
to much of what we see these days about
people being prone to do wrong. It is true,
however, and every careful student of boys
must admit it. How boys have taken with
heart and soul to Scouting with its Oath
and Law, the requirements of which are
so well known to us all, prove it.
Furthermore their marked characteris-
tics of freedom from deception, their
frankness, loyalty and accurate estimate of
justice, confirms it. This being true, how
great is a leader's responsibility, how won-
derful his opportunity! Let us use an
illustration, and in so doing use our legi-
timate imagination a little. Picture your-
self and your boys in the deep, still, beau-
tiful forest, imagine the perfectly natural
questions that will rise in the study of
trees, the birds, squirrels and countless
other things. What a golden opportunity
to say just a right word, of one who was
before there was any forest, birds, or
anything whatsover, who alone had, and
has, the power to create, who demonstrates
in the objects of his creation his eternal
providence, who being the creator and gov-
ernor of all things must of necessity know
all things—the end from the beginning.
Therefore, it is only when a boy lives in
accord with his better tendencies, with an
o—unmistakable conception of his relation to
God, his Creator, that he is even perma-
Nothing could be more helpful to him in
determining his relation than Scouting,
when rightly construed and taught.
Our constant companionship with the
boys of our troop, affording countless op-
portunities for rightful teaching, gives us
also the opportunity to know how to teach,
by knowing intimately the boy we are
teaching. Nothing can be more important.
No Boys are ever alike. We must know
each one, his mental capacity and charac-
teristics to present our teaching most effect-
ively. When we know the individual boy,
we know how to present the truth in a way
that he will be sure to accept it.
By and through Scouting, a boy solves
countless problems that will lift him to a
higher plane of living. The Patrol Leader
and Scoutmaster will help him solve some
of the things he cannot understand. Thus
through Scouting the good work begins, and
eternity alone can estimate the result.—
H. S. Sledd, Scoutmaster, Troop 2, Rich-
Follows Roberts Rules of Order.
I have found that an organization fol-
lowing Roberts rules of Order and the
making of a constitution has interested
my Scouts and put all of our records, bus-
iness and plans in good shape. The boys
are doing this themselves with a few sug-
gestions and aid of manual.—5". R. Swift,
Reviving an Old Art.
We plan to take up raffia work and
basketry with the boy this winter. A num-
of older people used to make baskets and
we hope to partially revive the community
custom.—Howard W. Hower, Yarmouth-
A Sign That Brought Results.
Here is a suggestion for Scoutmasters
to follow. It worked with me. Why should
it not work with you?
I recently posted a sign in our scout
meeting room, which read as follows:
Do You Know That
You Don't Get the Real
Pleasures and Benefits from
Scouting Until You Are a
First Class Scoutf
Are you a First Class Scout?
Let's all Get Busy!
And my boys did! That sign has had a
great effect. It has been posted three
months. In that time seven boys have
become first class, five of them applying
for two or more Merit Badges. Thirteen
others have qualified for second class tests.
Fellow Scoutmasters, why don't you try
it?—C. F. Honness, Newark, N. J.
Limit Spending Money of Scouts.
I would suggest, in the interest of equal-
ity, that in camp each Scout should be
limited in the amount of his spending
money for each day and that the money
should be doled out to each Scout each
day. Some of my Scouts were very ex-
travagant and this produced a feeling of
exclusiveness and inequality among them.
We have no Troop Committee in the strict
sense of that term.—Scoutmaster James
M. Heath, Honeoye Falls, N. Y.
Meetings Must Be Snappy.
Make the meetings snappy with a variety
of work and play. Keep boys of different
ages together. If possible have an assistant
over each group.—H. O. Broan, Waterloo,
Scouts Make Blackboards.
Ten sheets of beaver wall board 18
inches wide by 24 inches long inch thick
were given a coating of thin glue on both
sides. After the glue had hardened, three
coats of thin mixture of glue and whiting
were applied. Fine sandpaper smoothed off
any possible irregularities and then two
or three coats of liquid slating were put on.
Passe partout binding $4 inch wide was
used to cover edges and a small label,
"made by Boy Scouts Troop 3" was fast-
ened neatly in the corner of each black-
board. The completed backboards are used
on the Sunday school class tables and are
giving much satisfaction. The materials
are all comparatively inexpensive. The glue
should be procured in the dry chip form
and boiled to make, a thin liuid.—Edwin
R. Carter, Scoutmaster, Troop 3, Hartford,
A Cure for Discouragement.
I want to make one practical suggestion
to other Scoutmasters. More than once
a Scoutmaster will feel that he stands ab-
solutely alone in the work he is doing for
his troop. No one appears to appreciate
what he does for the boys and many even
oppose him. The Scoutmaster then ques-
tions the advisability of continuing the
I have been through this sickening
period twice and the last time someone
handed me a copy of "The True Lincoln,"
by William Elleroy Curtis.
The reading of this book cured me so
quickly of my discouragement that I of-
SCOUTING will appreciate
suggestions from scout offi-
cials for special programs or
activities for the following occa-
Mothers' Day, Arbor Day and
Bird Day. It is planned to print
these suggestions in the issue of
Scouting for April 1.
Memorial Day, for the issue of
Scouting for May 1.
Summer Camp Number. For
this issue suggestions for camp
menus, programs, games, camp-
fire ceremonies, etc., will be es-
pecially acceptable. It is planned
to issue this number on May 15.
Independence Day and Flag
Day. For the issue of June 1.
Labor Day. Issue of August 15.
Hallowe'en. Issue of October 1.
Thanksgiving. Issue of Novem-
Christmas and New Years. Is-
sue of December 1.
Lincoln's Birthday and Wash-
ington's Birthday. Issue of Jan-
The purpose of these announce-
ments is to offer scout officials
definite suggestions which will
help them in providing interesting
activities for their Scouts.
SPECIAL NOTICE—In order
to be of service, these suggestions
must reach National Headquarters
not later than ten (10) days be-
fore the date of publication of the
issue in which they are to appear.
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