Scouting, Volume 6, Number 33, December 26, 1918 Page: 1
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NEW YORK, N. Y., DECEMBER 26, 1918
War Department Helps Enlistment of Scoutleaders
Issues Orders Calling Attention of Returning Army Officers and Enlisted
Men Having Necessary Qualifications to Opportunities to Serve
Our Country Through Scout Movement
THOUSANDS of civilian leaders—
men of the finest character—who en-
tered the army and navy during the
war, have acquired through their military
experience improved qualities of leadership
which they will utilize as they return to
civilian life. This fact was recognized from
the beginning by the Boy Scout Move-
Soon after the signing of the armistice,
President Livingstone requested the War
Department to issue an announcement
drawing the attention of men about to
leave the service to the opportunities for
service through Scout-
ing, but the pressure of
them to further serve their country, it
would be a splendid service. May I invite
your attention to the enclosed copy of a
letter which we have recently received from
Secretary Baker, and further to the fact
when we first organized our Movement in
this country it was through Secretary
Baker's help in Cleveland that we made
such a substantial start in that part of the
Personally I am in sympathy with Sec-
retary Baker's point of view on the ques-
tion of military training among boys. Cer-
tainly it will help the situation a great deal
the men of character who have had the
training and experience in the army to
serve the boyhood of the nation as volun-
teer leaders of troops of scouts.
As you know, we are chartered by Con-
gress and again specifically recognized in
Section 125 of the Army Reorganization
bill which specifically gives us a right to
wear our uniform.
If you cannot see your way clear to fa-
vorably act upon this matter from the facts
as presented, may I ask that further action
be postponed until a conference may be held
with you or Secretary Baker in Washington.
Sincerely and cordially
work in the department
at that time, in the
opinion of the Third
Assistant Secretary, did
not permit compliance
with the request.
The Chief Scout Ex-
ecutive brought the
matter to the attention
of the department
again, in the following
Boy Scouts' Case
December 5th, 1918.
Hon. F. D. Keppel,
3rd Asst. Secretary,
Washington, D. C.
My dear Mr. Keppel:
Permit me to reply to
1 December 21, 1918.
I MEMORANDUM FOR THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF 1
THE ARMY f
| SUBJECT: Publishing of a circular with reference to the Boy Scouts 1
| of America.
The Secretary of War directs that a circular be published to the) 1
1 Army in effect as follows: 1
1. A request has been received by the War Department from the |
| Chief of the Boy Scouts of America for assistance in the matter of 1
| obtaining the services of officers and enlisted men returning from over- 1
| seas as Scoutmasters. |
2. The attention of returning Army officers and enlisted men, who \
| have the necessary qualifications, is directed to the opportunity which the 1
| Boy Scouts affords for them to further serve their country after discharge. 1
3. The Department is in full accord with the purposes of this move- I
1 ment and desires to assist. It is felt that the co-operation of a large \
1 number of officers and enlisted men who have seen service in France will 1
1 inspire the boys with patriotism and a spirit of devotion to their country |
| as nothing else can do. |
4. This circular will be brought to the attention of officers and 1
| men at demobilization camps. |
| Henry Jervey, Major General U. S. A., 1
1 Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Director of Operations. 1
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James E. West,
Chief Scout Executive.
Hon. F. D. Keppel,
Third Assistant Secre-
tary of War, went into
the matter thoroughly
in spite of the pres-
sure of work in the
War Department inci-
dent to the demobiliza-
tion of troops on this
side and the move-
ments of men and sup-
plies in Europe. Evi-
dently the suggestion
met with approval, for
Mr. Keppel replied as
your letter of the 4th
addressed to Mr. Livingstone, and will you if the War Department shows an interest WAR DEPARTMENT
pardon me if I appear insistent in asking a in some sort of training which now most Committee on Education and Special Training
reconsideration of the request made in the people are willing to accept as of greater
20th December, 1918.
letter of November 29th? value than military training for the growing
What we had in mind was the possibil- boy. Mr. James E. West,
ity of some simple order such as was issued The Boy Scouts of America have gladly Chief Scout Executive.
by the Secretary of Navy some years ago, given all of their strength and encouraged My dear Mr. West:
as per copy attached. If this order could their leaders to enlist for active military Referring to your letter of December 5,
simply go into the official Bulletin, inviting service. Now it does seem to me it is only r(raljVe t0i7°Un reciue1s1t made in the letter
, i - r . i, t , 1 ,1 -*tt r\ f ° November 9, would say that the War
the attention of returning army omcers to reasonable ior us to ask the War Depart- Department is very much interested in the
the opportunity which Scouting affords for ment to co-operate with us in trying to get (Continued on page 3)
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