Scouting, Volume 4, Number 7, August 1, 1916 Page: 2
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bers of the troop committee, in addition to
agreeing to be personally responsible for
the proper conduct of the troop and to pro-
vide suitable leadership, are expected to
co-operate with the scoutmaster in apply-
ing the principles of Scouting to the group
of boys enrolled as members of the troop.
The boys of this troop are, therefore, es-
pecially happy in having an ex-President of
the United States, as well as a famous natu-
ralist and big-game hunter and a typical
out-door, ideal scout, manifest this definite
interest in their scout activities.
In accepting leadership on the troop com-
mittee, Colonel Roosevelt puts into practice
what he has been preaching for a long time
in advocating the value of the Boy Scout
Movement as a program for the leisure
time of boys throughout the whole country.
The Colonel's Opinion of Scouting
In a recent letter Colonel Roosevelt said:
"The Boy Scout Movement is distinctly an
asset to our country for the development of
efficiency, virility, and good citizenship. It
is essential that its leaders be men of strong,
wholesome character, of unmistakable de-
votion to our country, its customs and
ideals, as well as in soul and by law citi-
zens thereof, whose whole-hearted loyalty
is given to this nation and to this nation
Since its organization in this country,
Colonel Roosevelt has served as an Hon-
orary Vice-President and also holds the
title "Chief Scout Citizen." He has, from
time to time, co-operated with the National
Council in bringing the benefits of the
Movement prominently before the people
of the country, and it is hoped by the offi-
cials of the National Council that his defi-
nitely taking hold of a troop of scouts in
his home town will mean the beginning of
increased personal activity in the efforts of
the Boy Scouts of America to extend the
scouting program as a means for meeting
the demand for preparedness throughout
PLANS FOR NEW PIONEER
SCOUT RANK COMPLETED
(Continued from page I)
perfectly with the Scout Law. Abraham
Lincoln also was a pioneer scout.
"And so the boys we take in as Pioneer
Scouts are to be high-grade material. They
will be pioneers of the Movement, each in
his own locality, living the life of a scout,
showing the people what a boy scout is and
opening the way for further expansion of
the Movement. We already have in our
office the names of more than 1,000 boys
who are anxious to become Pioneer Scouts.
No Task for Weaklings
"It is going to be hard work—it will be
tough going at times, and often it will look
to the Pioneer Scout as though there isn't
any way he can make progress. But Pio-
neer Scouts will not flinch in the face of
difficulties. We know they will not flinch
because we are going to pick our Pioneer
Scouts carefully and make sure they are
full of courage and spirit.
' "First of all we will allow no boy to reg-
ister as a Pioneer Scout until he has tried
every method possible to form a regular
troop of scouts. If he works hard at this
task and finds it temporarily impossible of
accomplishment but still has not lost his
enthusiasm, we will consider his application
as a Pioneer Scout.
Only Stickers Need Apply
"Furthermore, we will not enroll as a
Pioneer Scout a boy who might join a troop
APPROVAL OF HEAD OF ORGANIZATION, with whlcb the Troop is to be connected.
I approve the foregoing application.
Signature and7 Title (Pastor, President, Principal, Etc.)
Facsimile of Signatures of Troop Committee, Troop 2, Oyster Bay, N. Y., Taken
from Application Blank.
now organized. We don't want as a Pioneer
Scout any boy who has belonged to a troop
and who 'didn't get along with the fellows'
or who 'doesn't like the scoutmaster' or
who lives within a reasonable distance of a
troop but is too lazy to hike a few miles
to attend meetings. These fellows wouldn't
last ten minutes when they bucked up
against the real scout work of Pioneer
Scouts, and we'd rather not take them in
than to have them flunk out.
"But we are going to do what we can to
help our Pioneer Scouts in their work.
Their registration fee of SO cents a year
will entitle them to a certificate of enroll-
ment, which will prove to any inquirer that
they are regular scouts. This certificate
will be the same as that received by the
200,000 other boys who are members of the
Boy Scouts of America. They will also be
allowed the privilege of special correspon-
dence on scouting subjects with National
Special Price on Boys' Life
"Boy/ Life, the official magazine of the
Boy Scout Movement, which will be made
available at a special price to Pioneer
"In addition to all this, each Pioneer
Scout will be permitted to write to Head-
quarters at any time to ask for advice and
instruction, and each Pioneer Scout will be
required to _ write at least twice a year to
report on his progress in Scouting.
"Each Pioneer Scout will be given oppor-
tunity to pass his tests by having them
given by his school teacher or pastor, or
some other person acceptable to National
"Pioneer Scout application blanks can be
obtained by writing to National Head-
Long Island Scouts Seek Missing Man
Word has been received from Scout Ex-
ecutive Worden, of the Queens Borough
Council, Jamaica, L. I., that strenuous ef-
forts are being made by the boy scouts
of Long Island to locate Anthony Johnson,
sixty-five years old, of Lindenhurst, L. I.,
last seen at Jamaica Station, L. I. R. R.,
Sunday evening, July 9th. Trains leaving
immediately after he was last seen were
bound for Far Rockaway and Ronkon-
Description: 5 feet 9 inches, mixed gray
and red hair and mustache, dark gray suit,
Panama hat, black shoes, gold-rimmed
spectacles, false upper and lower teeth.
Temperate, religious. May frequent Sal-
vation Army headquarters or groups. Has
been a victim of aphasia.
Scoutmasters along the lines of the Long
Island Railroad from Amityville to Patch-
ogue on the north side, and Farmingdale,
Huntington to Kings Park on the south
side are especially asked to assist Scout
Executive Worden and his boys in their
Scouting; a fascinating trail that leads
to useful manhood.
Headquarters Record Covering Period from July 11 to July 27, 1916
RECORD DEPT.... New Rereg. Total Dropped Grand Total
___ July 27, 1916 July 27, 1915
&°ys 4,913 1,607 6,520 2,553 190,846 135,896
Tro°Ps 176 137 313 72 9,428 6,685
Scoutmasters 220 121 341 133 8,881 6,027
Asst. Scoutmasters. . 504 60 564 146 8,965 5,681
Local Councils 4 7 11 0 319 313
July 11 to July 27
Jan. 1 to July 27
July 11 to July 27
Jan. 1 to July 27
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