Scouting, Volume 10, Number 7, July 1922 Page: 1
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S C O U T I N G
Copyright, 1922, by Boy Scouts of America
VOL. X. NO. 7
The Scout With the Smile
THE SMILE HABIT ! Miles have been writ-
ten about it. One big business institution has
capitalized it. Song-writers have cashed in
big on it. A second big corporation mixes it in their
candy. The smile habit!
A scout is cheerful. He smiles whenever he can.
His obedience to order is prompt and cheery. He
never shirks or grumbles at hardship. The writer
likes the longer English form about as well. "A
scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances."
(And so on: you will find it on page 485 of the
GOD help the boy who hasn't the heart to whistle.
He can almost always scare up a smile, even
when tears are running down his cheeks. But real
cheeriness has to strike clear into the heart, before
a boy can whistle.
Excepting, of course, on a dark, lonesome road.
But there isn't much fun in the whistling a boy
Now here's a matter-of-fact questioji straight
from the shoulder to every Scoutmaster. Do your
boys smile and whistle because they feel that way,
or because the law says they mustf The writer has
lived for some time where the whole world of
Scouting goes past his door in the course of each
year. He has read reams of Scouting literature, and
written a lot of it. He has heard scores of ad-
dresses, and talked to scores of scout leaders. He
has attended camps, rallies, troop meetings and pa-
trol meetings and there is just one thing he has
missed in the whole business—conscious, deliberate
focusing on making the boy happy!
WITH over thirty other sections
claiming attention at the National
Education Association Convention
in Boston, the subject of Scouting and
its relation to schools and education re-
ceived a prominent place. Eminent edu-
cators from different parts of the country
expressed opinions which give a deep
significance to the educational value of
Scouting, now being more strongly
recognized all the time.
MR. FRANK CODY, Superintendent
of Oetroit Public Schools, presided.
Mr. James H. Beveridge, Superintendent
of Omaha Schools, and the President of
the Superintendents Division of the N.
E. A., stated that the Boy Scout Move-
ment gives the superintendent of
schools an opportunity for service, but
not only this, it also secures for him a
contact with his community that he
can get in no other way.
PROFESSOR ALBERT SHIELS of
Columbia University, who has been
especially investigating this proposition
for several years said: "Whatever
agencies make better boys should un-
GRANTED that the whole round of Scouting is
intended to make a boy happy. That isn't the
point. The point is, do your boys smile and whistle
because they want to or because they have to? Is
their troop meeting something they are eager to at-
tend because of the real happiness they get there ?
Happiness is like love, it is indestructible. It is
elastic, too, as love is, and can be drawn out by kind-
ness to the farthest corner of the earth, or com-
pressed by cruelty into the darkest corner of the
heart. But you can't kill it. At some dark and
terrible moment it will flash a ray of comfort across
a doomed man's soul. Love will do that, happiness
will do that.
Now then, how much of this happiness is each boy
in your troop storing up against the grim need of
the years ahead ? How many happy memories,
separate and distinct, clear-cut, is he storing away
in his mind?
THIS all sounds very general. Sure it does. It
is general. Making it specific is your job, not
the writer's. Let's not over-do the "service" stunt
nor the "achievement" idea, nor the "good turn"
ideal by making them ends in themselves. Somehow
we must realize, we who are leaders of Boy Scouts,
that we are responsible to some extent for the memo-
ries scouts grown to men will have of their boyhood.
No matter how much usefulness, and running
around, and wearing medals they may remember, if
with it all years hence their hearts do not thrill with
the happiness that was theirs as Boy Scouts, much
of our work is in vain.
The scout with the smile habit wins.
Schools and Scouting
derstand the work each is doing, by
conference and cooperation. The Public
Schools and the Boy Scouts are among
these agencies, in fact leaders among
them. The conclusion is inevitable.
We must act upon it. Less eloquence
from now on,—and more accomplish-
MR. EDWIN D. MILLER, Principal of
the Northern High School of De-
troit, showed how the Detroit Board of
Education is practically cooperating with
Scouting. Since 1920, at which time a
committee of five school people and five
Scout officials worked out the plan, the
Board of Education has been officially
cooperating in the installation of Scout
troops in school buildings under school
auspices. The Board of Education em-
ploys a Scout Executive in the same
way they would employ a teacher, al-
though the actual scoutmasters are, of
course, volunteers. There are some-
thing like twenty-five troops of scouts
being conducted by the Board of Edu-
cation and over fifty that are meeting
in school buildings.
DR. GEORGE J. FISHER, Deputy Chief
Scout Executive, delivered a stirring
address on Boyhood and Citizenship
Training, in which he said: "It is strange
that in a democracy like ours, the aver-
age person has received little, if any,
training in the duties and responsibilities
of citizenship. To have an effective
democracy we must seriously train youth
in the principles of democracy. His
man experience is dependent upon his
boy experience. Scouting has been a
great aid to the schools in furnishing a
definite program of service activities.
Scouting is a course in the practice of
patriotism. What the youth of America
need is practical tasks, the doing of
which give him the consciousness of hav-
ing served the community, the state, the
nation. This, Scouting has provided for
youth better than any other program yet
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