Scouting, Volume 3, Number 17, January 1, 1916 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, JANUARY 1, 1916
SCOUT WORK IN ITALY
IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED
National Italian Official Describes Plan,
Methods and Results of Work in
By Major V. C. Cattapani, K. C. Commissioner
of the Boy Scouts of Italy of the Vesuviana
and Nocerina Sections in the South of
THE Boy Scouts have been only recent-
ly established in Italy as an official
body recognized by the state and
with the protection and help of its author-
ity. Prof. Commendatore Carlo Colombo,
of the University of Rome, has the honor
of having given to the Boy Scouts in Italy
a sound basis, and it is due to his untiring
efforts that Italy today has a magnificent
organization which, though not very large
in number, is excellent in quality and has
already demonstrated beyond any doubt
the importance of the movement in a coun-
try which is a virgin field for institutions
given up to the welfare of boys.
Two years ago there were in a few
cities in Italy groups of boy scouts
founded by people who had learned the
principles of scouting in England. The
most important were in Genova and in
Siena. The boys of Siena were estab-
lished by Sir Francis Vane, of England.
In the south there were only a limited
number in Naples. All of them followed
entirely the English pattern, and there was
no effort to give them a national character
or adapt them to the different environment.
In the south of Italy I was the first one
to write and to lecture extensively on the
7..oy Scouts, taking as an example the Boy
Scouts of America, which, in my opinion,
were for temperament and for real scout-
ing tradition more scouts, if such an expres-
sion may be used, than all the scouts of
other parts of the world I had had occa-
sion to study. I had already been engaged
on a large propaganda of Anglo-Saxon edu-
cational systems and had established many
societies of young people, which, if not boy
scouts in name were so in fact, and which
made it very easy work for us when we
went about the big task of establishing
the Boy Scouts movement.
In Italy the boy scouts are not only a
Movement, but an institution as well, be-
cause we do not have the variety of insti-
tutions existing in America for boys, such
as your Y. M. C. A., your boys clubs, your
school societies, Sunday schools, neighbor-
hood houses, etc. So there was no danger
of arousing any opposition on the part of
bodies already established.
In Italy the boy scouts are non-denomi-
national ; religion and politics are taboo.
The highest men in the land of every creed
THOUSANDS OF SCOUTS
DO CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Italian Scouts Taking the Oath in Front of
the Capitol in Rome
and opinion are members of its directing
Plan of Organization
The first unit of boy scouts in Italy is
the gruppo or group which corresponds to
the patrol. Its numbers varies from seven
to ten members. Three groups form a squad
or squadre, two squads a drappello which is
directed by a scoutmaster. The whole of
the body of the scouts is divided for ad-
ministrative and disciplinary purposes in
three legions, northern, central and south-
ern and insular.
All groups, squads and drapelli belong to
a section or to an under section, sesione or
sotto-sesione which are under a commis-
sioner who represents the local council and
is the representative of the National Head-
quarters in Rome.
The king, who has enrolled his son, the
heir to the throne with the boy scouts, is
the patron. The protection and financial
aid of the government is also afforded the
The Movement is not military and fol-
lows the same principles of the Boy Scouts
of America, but it has very strict discipline
and rules which must be followed by those
who voluntarily give themselves up to the
work. But though there is absence of mili-
tarism, Italy has profited by the experience
of other nations in this field of education
and is preparing plans by which at the age
of sixteen the scouts will receive a military
training of a few hours a week, which will
enable the country to have ready a body of
people for the defense of the country.
The boy scout system of Italy is cen-
tralized, and this had to be done to meet
the special conditions of the country, and
to obtain a uniformity of work and stan-
dard which could not have been possible
with a different system.
The supreme authority is the President
General, Count Bettols, Admiral of the
Navy. The executive central body, which
resides in Rome and which meets very
often to_ transact the business of the asso-
ciation, is elected by all the executive bod-
ies of the sixty-nine provinces. The chief
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Boys in Khaki Give Special Attention to
Good Turns on the Great
"A Scout Is Helpful"
— Scout Law No. 6.
THE boy scouts in St. Louis continued
the high standard of Scouting in many
ways at Christmas time.
Five troops assisted the charity organi-
zations and the Post Dispatch in distribut-
ing thousands of baskets for poor and
One troop assisted in the singing of
carols, collections from which were turned
over to the Children's Aid Society.
Seven troops took care of the ushering
and seating of some seven thousand people
who attended the Christmas Symphony
Concert. Following this work, the presi-
dent of the Symphony Orchestra, Mr. J. E.
Smith, wrote to Scout Commissioner Sim-
mons as follows:
My Dear Mr. Simmons:
I want to thank you for the service performed
by the Boy Scouts who acted as ushers for us
at the free Christmas concert given last evening
at the Coliseum.
The boys were on hand promptly and performed
the work assigned to them in a manner that was
The concert was a great success and gave en-
joyment to over seven thousand people, and you
can congratulate yourself upon having contributed
to its success.
Eighteen troops had general charge of the
crowds at the Post Dispatch Christmas
Festival in the Coliseum. The scouts not
only seated the fifteen thousand children
present, but cared for them through the six
hours that most of them were present.
Seventy-eight lost children were returned
to parents during the day and eleven cases
of first aid were effectually cared for by
"With the programme for enlarging the
scout work in St. Louis," writes Field Com-
missioner Eddy, "every scout official of the
present and past is giving his attention to
see that his particular group is put up to the
standard. Scout Commissioner Simmons is
the busiest man in the city these days."
Help the "Good Fellows"
In Birmingham, Ala., sixty Boy Scouts
acted as Santa Claus for the Good Fel-
lows. They did this last year and the year
before, and the distribution of hundreds of
baskets and bags to the families of the
poor was attended to by the boys with
surprising expedition and care. The Bir-
mingham newspapers printed columns about
this splendid good turn of the Birmingham
scouts, and dozens of pictures of the scouts
laden with their Christmas bags and bas-
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