Scouting, Volume 3, Number 1, May 1, 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., MAY 1,1915.
A NEW CAMP SYSTEM
Scout Outings May Be Had in Small
Groups Rather Than in Large
By Willis B. Holcombe, Scout Commissioner.
THE Local Council of Brooklyn, New
York, is at this time seriously consid-
ering whether the idea of a large gen-
eral camp fits in with the purposes of the
Scout Movement, especially in the way of
developing in the individual boy the kind
of initiative and the ability to take care
oi himself which will be of the most value
when he enters upon the period of his
The large general camp necessarily en-
tails an amount of routine and ready-to-
hand equipment which would seem in some
measure to defeat the end of learning to
live independently in the open. A large
camp without routine and discipline and
an equipment ready to use necessarily be-
comes disorderly both in the way of ac-
tivity or lack of activity, and in the way
of physical environment.
Little Left for Boys To Do
Another thing which seems to be neces-
sary in a large camp is a well organized
mess in charge of competent paid em-
ployees, and the matter of camp sanitation
must necessarily be in charge of a re-
sponsible person. In other words, in this
type of camp so many things must neces-
sarily be done for the boy that there is
too little left for him to do for himself.
When the boy grows up into young man-
hood and has a short summer vacation at
his disposal, he must decide whether he
will go to a summer boarding house, or a
hotel, or will undertake to spend the time
on the hike or in camp in the open, caring
for himself with possibly one or two com-
panions. If, as a scout, he has learned
how to take care of himself in the open
he can make this vacation of much greater
value and will not require to spend an
amount of money in excess of what he
We are, therefore, considering whether
the central scout camp to be maintained
(Continued on page 3, Col. 2.)
According to our established custom, a
complete list of supplies obtainable
through the Department of Equipment
and Supplies, is included in this issue of
Any article listed in the Supply Depart-
ment Catalog at 50c. or less, or any two
or more articles of a combined listed
price not exceeding 50c., will be sent, all
delivery charges prepaid by us, for ONE
subscription to BOYS' LIFE, at $1.00.
SCOUT OFFICIAL SELECTED TO LEAD
STATE'S GREAT CONSERVATION WORK
a generous contributor to
the finances of the Boy
• "Out-door" Man
To those who are best
acquainted with Mr. Pratt's
natural interests, his ap-
pointment to this important
State position comes as no
great surprise, for they
realize that it would have
been difficult for Governor
Whitman to find a man
who could devote himself
more enthusiastically or
intelligently to the office of
er. Mr. Pratt was born
with the love of nature
and of the out-of-doors,
and he has always spent
a considerable portion of
his time in the wilderness.
For the past twelve or fif-
teen years he has taken
annual camping and hunt-
ing trips—often twice a
year—until his acquaintance
with nature and his love
for the out-door life has
become an essential part of
On these trips Mr. Pratt
has become increasingly
impressed with the import-
ance of conservation. Many
of his expeditions have ta-
ken him to regions where
whole mountain sides have
EVERY friend of the Boy Scout Move- been denuded by forest fires, where not a
ment will be interested in the an- single green thing grows or a sign of
nouncement recently made by Gov- animal life exists. As a result of these
ernor Charles S. Whitman, of New York, observations he has made a careful study of
of the appointment of Mr. George D. Pratt the methods employed by the different
to the position of State Conservation Com- states to conserve their natural resources.
missioner. A True Sportsman
From the beginning of the Boy Scout Although he is a hunter of no mean skill,
Movement in the United States, Mr. Pratt Mr. Pratt is a true sportsman and the
has been one of its most enthusiastic and slaughter of wild animals, birds and game
faithful promoters. In the National Or- of all kinds by unscrupulous hunters, sim-
ganization he holds the position of Treas- ply to gratify the lust for killing, is most
urer. He is also a member of the National repugnant to him.
Council, a member of the Executive Board His numerous expeditions have also
and of the Editorial Board. As President brought to his attention the fact that wild
of the Local Council of Brooklyn, Mr. Pratt life is rapidly diminishing and have im-
has had a leading influence in the substan- pressed upon him the importance of con-
tial development of Scouting in that com- serving wild animals and birds before
munity. many species become extinct.
In addition to this active service, both It is with .this background of careful
nationally and locally, Mr. Pratt has been (Continued on page 2, Col. 2.)
MR. GEORGE D. PRATT
From a photograph by Mr. Pirie McDonald.
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