Scouting, Volume 3, Number 3, June 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., JUNE 1, 1915
SEVERAL SCHOOLS PLAN
SCOUT SUMMER COURSES
Many Opportunities Available for Scout-
masters to Obtain Training in
SCOUTING desires to call special at-
tention at this time to the opportuni-
ties available to scout officials in vari-
ous sections of the country to obtain train-
ing along lines of scout work at various
summer schools and camps.
One of the most thorough courses in
Scoutcraft is that which is to be given at
Columbia University, under the direction
of Dr. J. C. Elson. A complete description
of this course was given in the issue of
Scouting for February i, and also in the
Fifth Annual Report.
University of Virginia
Another excellent course in scout train-
ing is that to be given at the University of
Virginia. This course is adequately de-
scribed in the following notice, which has
been taken from the summer school
School for Scoutmasters.—From July 5th to
10th inclusive a school for Scoutmasters will
be conducted. The course will be substantially
in accordance with the outline below, and the
work will be under the general supervision of
Mr. W. J. B. Housman, Scout Executive for
Richmond, Va., assisted by Mr. S. A. Moffat,
National Field Scout Commissioner, and other
approved instructors in the different fields of
Eight lectures on general problems, as fol-
lows: 1. The Aim of Scouting. 2. The Scout
Method. 3. Qualifications for Scout Leader-
ship. 4. Organization. 5. How to Make a Com-
munity Survey and Plan an Adequate Civic
Program. 6. Scouting in Its Relation to the
Problem of Education. 7. Scouting in Its Re-
lation to Religious Institutions. 8. How Scout-
ing May Become a Factor in Rural Commu-
Four lectures on boyhood as follows: 1.
Pre-Adolescence. 2. Early Adolescence. 3.
Later Adolescence. 4. T'he Street and the
Four lectures on Troop and Patrol Manage-
ment, as follows: 1. Discipline. 2. The Ap-
plication of Self-Government. 3. How to Con-
duct Scout Tests. 4. Records.
Five lectures on Instruction in Indoor Ac-
tivities, as follows: 1. Safety First. 2. Ele-
mentary First Aid. 3. Bandaging. 4. Life
Saving Methods. 5. Resuscitation.
Three lessons on Nature Study, as follows:
1. Birds. 2. Trees. 3. Ferns and Grasses.
Five lectures on Camping, as follows: 1.
Camp Leadership. 2. Selection of Site and
Equipment. 3. Sanitation. 4. How to Con-
duct the Commissary. 5. Camp Cookery.
Boy Scout Camp.—In connection with this
school, there will be located near the Univer-
sity a Boy Scout Camp from June 28th to July
10th, and there will be held an athletic contest
and a Scoutcraft contest in which trophy cups
and a number of other prizes will be offered.
Any Scoutmaster desiring to enter his troop
should write early.
Y. M. C. A. Training Camps
Another excellent opportunity for obtain-
ing training in boys' work is that offered
(Continued on page 6, column 1.)
NEW ORGANIZATION PLAN
FOR GREATER NEW YORK
MR. LEON J. ARGETSINGER
SCOUT EXECUTIVES ARE
EMPLOYED IN TWO CITIES
Result of Successful Financial Campaigns
In Norfolk, Va., and
ANNONCEMENT has been made by
the Local Council, of Paterson, N.
J., of the employment of Mr. Leon
J. Argetsinger to the position of Scout
Executive for that city. Mr. Argetsinger
took up the duties of his new office on
Mr. Argetsinger was born in Mansfield,
Pa., in 1879, where he resided until his
graduation from the Mansfield State Nor-
mal School in 1898. At the conclusion of
his Normal School work he continued his
education at Teachers' College, Columbia
University, from which he received the
The greater portion of Mr. Argetsinger's
experience has been along the lines of pub-
lic school teaching, the work in which he
has been engaged for ten years, mostly in
New York State.
His Scouting Experience
For the last five years Mr. Argetsinger
has given considerable attention to Scout-
ing, and during the past three years he has
been associated with Mr. Dillon Wallace in
organizing and promoting the Scout work
(Continued on page 8, column 2.)
Decentralization, the Basic Principle —
Borough and District Councils
By John R. Boardman.
THE city of New York presents a some-
what unique and certainly a most in-
teresting field for the development of
Scouting. Within the boundaries of the
greater city are some of the most congested
centers of population in any American city,
and within these same boundaries are large
areas which are as rural as any community
in the heart of one of the prairie states.
The congested centers are far removed
from areas which offer opportunity for
practical demonstrations of Scout activities
in the open, while on the other hand the
boys on the margins of the city are already
sated with the peculiar type of interests for
which Scouting stands. Large blocks of
the city are given over almost entirely to
foreign-speaking people, where the prob-
lem of securing adequate Troop Commit-
tees, Court of Honors, etc., are difficult, in-
deed, of solution.
It was the difficulty of the situation and
the intensely interesting problem which it
presented, coupled with the fact that hun-
dreds of thousands of boys who wanted and
needed just the thing which Scouting could
do for them lived within these areas that
led those related to the administration of
Scouting to make a special study of this
problem and project a plan for its solution.
A Double Problem
The problem divided this into two sharply
defined parts; First, one of extending the
work over the entire area of Greater New
York so that the largest possible number
of boys could be brought under the influ-
ence of the ministry of the organization,
and second, making the work effective
through methods of organization and super-
vision of the various activities which com-
prise the Scout program.
In order to get an accurate and compre-
hensive statement of conditions among
boys in the greater city, to determine the
efficiency and adequacy of existing super-
visory scout organizations and to define
supplementary lines of effort which would
be likely to make the entire work more ef-
fective, appeal was made to the Bureau of
Municipal Research to conduct a survey of
the entire greater city along these lines.
This invitation to the Bureau was ex-
tended on behalf of the National Council
to New York City Council, having juris-
diction over the Boroughs of Manhattan,
Bronx and Richmond, and the Brooklyn
Council, having jurisdiction over the Bor-
oughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The Bu-
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