Scouting, Volume 4, Number 8, August 15, 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, N. Y., AUGUST 15, 1916
RESPECT FEDERAL ACTS
Use of Words "Boy Scout" for Advertis-
ing Purposes Denied Merchants
SINCE the passage of two recent acts of
Congress giving protection to the name
"Boy Scouts" even beyond that for-
merly enjoyed under the common law, many
cases have been reported to headquarters
of instances where merchants and manufac-
turers had been making illegal use of these
words for advertising purposes. The mat-
ter has been taken up promptly by Chief
Scout Executive James E. West, and there
has been a ready compliancy on the part of
the firms affected.
It is to be understood by all scouts and
officials that National Headquarters assumes
the responsibility of investigating all cases
involving the unauthorized use of the words
"Boy Scouts," and scout men all over the
country should consider it a matter of duty
to report to National Headquarters all cases
of the sort which come to their attention.
Below are two letters representative of
several cases which have been taken up very
recently. This letter was received from a
man interested in the rights of the Move-
I have read with interest your pamphlet with
regard to the Act recently passed by Congress
which affects your organization.
Seeing that the name "Boy Scout" is a pro-
tected phrase under this act, I would inquire of
a so-called "Boy Scout" compass, made (appar-
ently, as the name is on the card) by .
I have had two of these and they have both proven
very unreliable and trashy.
This Act should protect your many members
from the commercial eagles who always seem
ready to sell wares of doubtful character under a
name which carries weight and usually to which
they have no right.
A letter of acknowledgment was sent to
the informant and another to the offending
company as follows:
Please be good enough to give us information
regarding the so-called Boy Scout Compass appar-
ently manufactured by your concern. So far as
we know, no authority has been granted to you
to make use of the words "Boy Scouts."
We appreciate that you probably, like a great
many others, have innocently proceeded in this
matter without realizing the legal points involved.
Your attention is respectfully invited to the en-
closed pamphlet referring to our Federal Incor-
poration, more explicity than heretofore giving us
exclusive use of the words "Boy Sco'uts." This
law, of course, does not affect the rights we have
always had under the common law nor our obliga-
tion to guard against the unauthorized use of the
words "Boy Scouts."
This was clearly shown in the case of the Ex-
celsior Shoe Company before the Court of Ap-
peals of the District of Columbia some years ago.
We would appreciate a frank statement from
you as to the extent of any stock you may have
on hand of these compasses and an explicit state-
ment of what you are willing to do in order to
relieve us of the necessity of taking any further
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What Made Your Camp
Every scout official, whether in
camp now or at home, should read
the article bearing the above head-
It is on page 4 of this issue of
Do it now. Give a lift—and you
will get several in return.
VETERAN SCOUT PLAN
HOW SOME BOY SCOUTS
WORK FOR SAFETY FIRST
Two Examples from Texas and Ohio,
Which Bear Hints for Other
A company doctor in a big lumber town
once stated that, although he averaged one
surgical case a day, he had never handled
a case in which a man was injured while
doing his own work in the right way.
Most people who meet with accidents come
to grief because they violate simple, well-
known commonsense rules. Everywhere
scouts are at work in accident prevention
campaigns, teaching the public to observe
Troop 1, of Edna, Texas, distributed 800
circulars reading as follows:
"We, the Boy Scouts of Troop No. 1,
Edna, respectfully present this to you and
ask that you remember at all times when
traveling either on foot, by auto, buggy,
wagon or horseback, that by following these
rules you are less apt to an accident by col-
RULE: When two travelers meet, each should
turn to his right.
When two travelers are going the same di-
rection and one wants to pass the other, he turns
to his left and the one in front to his right.
You may already know the rules, but we have
observed dozens of people who pull to their left
—that is wrong—always to the right."
In Canton, Ohio, 8,000 "jaywalkers" were
stopped by the local scouts and directed
as to the right way to cross a street. This
was all in one day and, incidentally, the boys
assisted a woman who fell on the car tracks;
straightened a fender for a woman who
drove an automobile into a collision; res-
cued two lost children; endured laughter,
taunts, abuses and even blows without strik-
ing back; kept streets in best condition of
the year; kept order in front of stores and
They were thanked in person by the
Two Hundred Scouts in Quaker City
Eligible for New Scout Rank Re-
quiring Five Years' Service
Trees at Cleveland Camp
Cleveland, Ohio, scouts have discovered
forty-five varieties of native trees at their
scout camp and in its immediate vicinity.
PLANS are being completed whereby
two hundred scouts under the juris-
diction of the Philadelphia, Pa., Lo-
cal Council are to make application to Na-
tional Headquarters for the newly created
rank of veteran scout. Dr. Charles D.
Hart, President of the Council, is deeply
interested in the proposition and has a
great deal of confidence in the value of
the veteran scout plan to hold the interest
of boys who have been scouts and can
make use of their experience to further
the interests of the Movement.
Scouts who have seen five years of serv-
ice are allowed under the veteran scout plan
|o remain officially connected with the
troop either as active or associate scouts.
The conditions imposed upon a scout be-
fore he is granted a certificate of veteran
scout appear on page 24 of the 14th revised
edition of the Handbook for Boys and are
He shall agree to live up to the scout obliga-
tions for life.
Keep the local scout authorities of the commu-
nity in which he lives informed as to his availa-
bility for service to the community in case of any
He agrees to take an active part in the promo-
tion of the cause of scouting as the circumstances
and conditions in his case permit, no matter where
he may be, and, if possible, by service as a scout
instructor, assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, mem-
ber of a troop committee or local council, or as a
contributor to the Boy Scout Movement.
A veteran scout in renewing his scout oath to
do his duty to God and his country and to keep
himself physically strong, mentally awake, mor-
ally straight, and prepared for any emergency,
should bear in mind the advantages that camp
life afford. In maintaining his personal efficiency,
he should avail himself not only of opportunities
for attending outdoor camps, but he should, by
following a definitely planned course of physical
training, keep himself fit and alert and thus be
constantly prepared for service in any emergency.
Plans for Local Organization
The regulations for forming a veteran
scouts' organization in Philadelphia offer
constructive suggestions for local organi-
zation, enlarging upon the plan as presented
by the National Council, but in no way
conflicting with its provisions. The Phila-
delphia plan is outlined as follows:
1. Name, Veteran Scouts. *
2. Object, to maintain and practically utilize the
interest of the older boy in the principles of Scout-
3. Organized locally and nationally under general
regulations of Scouting.
4. Local organization to have but two officers:
President and a Secretary and Treasurer, these offi-
cers to act as the Executive Staff.
5. Any first-class scout who has served at least
five (5) years as an active scout or associate and
who is certified to be in good standing by his
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