Scouting, Volume 2, Number 22, March 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., MARCH 15, 1915.
SEVERAL CITIES PLAN
Arrangements Being Made To Provide
Funds in Advance for Local
PLANS are now under way in a num-
ber of cities in various sections of the
country to conduct whirlwind cam-
paigns for funds for the purpose of placing
the Boy Scout organization on a firm foun-
At Paterson, N. J., where Mr. H. L. Ed-
dy is now at work, a three-day campaign
for $6,000 will be started on March 16.
Mr. Eddy reports that the people of Pater-
son are taking an enthusiastic interest in
the plans, and he feels certain that the
effort will be a big success. The funds
which it is proposed to raise will be suffi-
cient to conduct the organization for two
years, during which time it is believed that
the Scouts will demonstrate their civic
value so effectively that funds can be ob-
tained for furthering the work almost with-
Arrangements have been made with
prominent men in Indianapolis who are in-
terested in Scouting, for Mr. Eddy to go
to that city at the conclusion of his work in
Paterson. Mr. Eddy will spend one month
in Indianapolis organizing a counsel and
setting up a campaign for raising a budget
for two or three years' work. At the con-
clusion of his work in Indianapolis Mr.
Eddy will go to Syracuse, N. Y., where he
will spend a month in a similar effort. Al-
thought it is not yet definitely decided, it
is expected that Mr. Eddy will go to Co-
lumbus at the conclusion of the Syracuse
Scout Executive W. J. B. Housman, of
Richmond, Va., has his plans practically
completed for a $10,000 campaign to be
started on March 16. This sum, it is
hoped, will be sufficient to conduct the
movement for three years. With the funds
for this period of time guaranteed, Mr.
Housman and his associates will be able to
devote their time exclusively to the de-
velopment of Scouting, to the mutual ad-
vantage of the Scouts and the citizens of
A similar effort is being planned at Kan-
sas City, Mo., where a campaign will be
held in April. The Kansas City officials
hope to raise funds either for two or three
years in advance.
Dallas, Texas, scout enthusiasts have
recently effected a complete reorganization
of the local council and have set up a pro-
gressive scout program. The Dallas officials
are also planning to raise a two or three
years' budget in the near future.
It is likely that other cities will conduct
campaigns soon, inasmuch as a number of
requests for information are being received
at National Headquarters.
Mr. K. O. Kight
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL
Recent Campaign Makes Possible the
Services of Paid Executive—Mr.
K. O. Knight Chosen.
ANNOUNCEMENT has been made by
the local council at Atlantic City, N.
J., of the election of Mr. K. O. Kight
to the position of Scout Commissioner. Mr.
Kight has taken up his duties in his new
field of work and will devote all of his
time to the development of the scout pro-
gram in Atlantic City. The employment
of Mr. Kight has been made possible by
the successful completion of a campaign
Mr. Kight is especially well equipped by
training and experience for his new duties,
as he has been engaged in boys' work for
a great many years. Mr. Kight began his
educational training in the State Normal
School of Maryland, from which he en-
tered Randolph-Macon Academy where he
studied for the ministry. After pursuing
his theological studies for some time, he
became convinced that he had special qual-
ifications along the line of boys' work, and
he entered the Young Men's Christian As-
sociation training school at Chicago where
he took a special course in preparation for.
boys' work. At the conclusion of his work
in the Chicago school, Mr. Kight accepted
a position as physical director of the Boys'
Department in the Bedford Branch of the
Brooklyn Y. M. C. A. In 1901 he ac-
cepted a position in the Y. M. C. A. at
Camden, N. J., in the Boys' Department
where he remained for five years.
Becomes Y. M. C. A. Secretary
In 1906 Mr. Kight became Secretary of
the Harlem Branch of the Y. M. C. A. in
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PACIFIC COAST WELCOMES
NEW FIELD COMMISSIONER
Mr. H. D. Cross Reports Substantial
Progress in New District—Los
THE Pacific Coast District has given a
most enthusiastic welcome to Mr. H.
D. Cross, the National Field Scout
Commissioner, who has been assigned to
develop the work of the movement in
that section. Ever since Mr. Cross opened
his office at 1206 Baker-Detwiler Building,
Los Angeles, California, letters have been .
pouring in from all sections of his district
extending congratulations and offers of
In a recent report to the National Coun-
cil, Mr. Cross says: "The situation as
I see it is this: For years the people in
this section have wanted the Scout Move-
ment, in many cases have organized, but
because of distance from National Head-
quarters, difference in the conception of
the scout program and various other handi-
caps, they have become discouraged, and
perhaps have given up in many cases. Now,
upon the announcement of the opening of
a Pacific Coast District Office, they are
eagerly seeking for counsel and direction.
They are undoubtedly saying to themselves,
At last we have a department of the Boy
Scouts of America movement right in our
own territory, and we have access to the
source of inspiration and counsel and su-
Encouraging Letters Received.
The following letters are typical of the
scores which have been received by Mr.
Cross. They indicate the general attitude
of the people of the Pacific Coast towards
this new phase of the Boy Scout work in
their part of the country.
As Children's Librarian of this city, I hear
the cry, "Why don't we have Boy Scouts
here?" Nearly every day, and after trying
in vain to find a Scoutmaster, I am writ-
ing you to ask you to write or see Mr.
Small, Secretary of the Y. M. C. A. here,
and perhaps between you, the boys will have
their beloved "Boy Scouts."
They are all fine boys, but really need
something of this sort to give them some-
thing to think about.—Bessie C. Degenhart,
I have just learned of your new position
with the Boy Scouts of America with the
greatest satisfaction. I consider that you have
chosen wisely and well to serve the boys
of this Coast. If your city is any criterion,
there is very great need of a man to pro-
mote this splendid movement among boys.
As soon as you can plan to be in this
city, I want to take up this work with you.
We must get at the bottom and build anew
in order to get anywhere at all with the
Boy Scouts. I will not go into detail now,
but will await your arrival.
I rejoice that you will be enabled to get
in contact with the boys of our city and
enjoy a larger out-reach in promoting the
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