Scouting, Volume 13, Number 2, February 1925 Page: 2
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
SCOUTING, February, 1925
Merit Badge Exhibit
A SCOUT "SHOW" worth going a long
distance to see is scheduled for
Friday evening, March 20, and all
afternoon and evening of Saturday, March
21, by the Philadelphia Council, under the
joint auspices of the Council and the
Kiwanis Club of Philadelphia. The event
opens with a big public rally and Scout-
craft demonstration at which the Mayor
and persons prominent in Scouting nation-
ally and locally are expected to be present.
It closes Saturday evening with impressive
investiture ceremonies for scouts enrolled
during and after Anniversary Week.
The great feature which scouts and their
leaders near and far will find to be of edu-
cational and inspirational values, is the
Merit Badge Exhibit to be especially
featured on Saturday. Each Philadelphia
troop volunteers to erect one Merit Badge
booth of its own selection. Kiwanis
members who volunteer to finance a booth
as its patron, because that particular Merit
Badge leads up to their business, profession,
art, vocation, and so forth, will assist the
scoutmaster in planning and directing the
preparation of the booth. Where no par-
ticular trade, and so forth, is led up to by a
badge, Kiwanis members at large will
support that booth. It is expected that
every one of the 63 Merit Badges will be
represented by booths in this exhibit.
The purpose of the entire event is stated
by Philadelphia, as follows:
"To interest Philadelphia Scouts in the Merit
"To show to parents, friends and the general
public the worthwhileness of our Movement.
"To make the Philadelphia Boy who is not a
Scout realize what he is missing.
"To prove to the world at large that there is a
body of men, the Kiwanis Club, who realize
the vocational training feature of our program,
and who so firmly believe in Boy Scouts that their
time, brains, efforts, money and all, are placed
behind this exhibit.
"To give every Scout in Philadelphia a chance
to see some spectacular and interesting demon-
strations, and to give them all (Scouts, Leaders
and Kiwanians) a 'good time.' "
The Philadelphia "Big Show" will be
held in the First Regiment Armory, Broad
and Callowhill Streets, and all scout leaders
and scouts able to attend will be welcomed.
THERE IS a city troop in the East that
meets in a dingy cellar with no win-
dows. Yet the members have the
feeling that they are in a camp building and
that they can look out on waving trees and
distant hills. How do you suppose they
accomplish this? Then there is a troop in a
Southern city that meets in a rather no-
account room yet to all intents and pur-
poses it is meeting inside of log cabins with
fixings. How do you suppose they accom-
Would you like to read about practical,
economical and effective ways to transform
ordinary meeting rooms into joy-spots?
Scouting will publish descriptions of such
rooms with pictures, if scoutmasters will
send us the data. Tell us just how ordinary,
your meeting room was, what you had to
do to transform it into what it is, and if
possible include photographs. Full credit will
be given. This will be a very useful Good
Turn to a large number of scoutmasters.
Please Check This Practice
"EVREQUENT request is made of Scout Executives
to cash or endorse checks for Scout Officials and
Scouts who are touring the country. This is hardly
fair and does entail embarrassment in some cases.
Use of American Bankers' Association checks or some
similar means of securing ready cash when in strange
cities is the Scoutlike thing to do.
Take It from These Scoutmasters-
"TT 7"E USE the entire back page of our
\\ Church weekly bulletin to an-
nounce Troop 5 News. We give
date and hour for each weekly meeting,
state the character of it, and the name of
the patrol and the patrol leader in nominal
charge; also mention special troop events,
as, for example, announcement of "Troop
Committee Night, January 30," which was
in charge of the Troop Committee Chair-
man and open to all scouts of Jamestown,
who were entertained with moving pictures
and a special program. Troop 5 is making
every effort to make 1925 the greatest year
in its history." Marvin C. Gokey, S. M.,
Troop 5, Jamestown, N. Y.
Raced to Pay Their Fees
"We had worked out a mobilization plan
by which the troop could be quickly
assembled in an emergency, but had not
tested it. Announced at troop meeting
that on the following Monday night, hour
not given, the mobilization call would be
sounded and at the same time a patrol
contest conducted. The first patrol to
reach Troop Headquarters 100 per cent,
strong, every scout with his re-registration
fee, would be declared winner, and the
patrol's time would set a record for other
troops in the council. The boys fell in
with the idea with enthusiasm. The
mobilization call was given at 7 sharp, and
the Scoutmaster was hardly ready before
the scouts began pouring in. The last
arrival, a scout who lives a mile and a half
from Headquarters, reported just five
minutes after seven. There was lots of
fun, and we had a demonstration of real
troop spirit and cooperation, and re-registra-
tion business completed a week ahead of
time." L. R. Lucas, S. M., Troop 1,
First Recruit the Parents
"We think it a good plan here to first get
acquainted with parents and explain Scout-
ing to them before letting the boy join.
This assures us the cooperation of the
parents afterwards in the home." G. A.
Thompson, S. M., Troop 55, Kansas City,
Practical Angle to Cooking Test
"Why not give practice work in the tests,
a practical turn? Scouts in Troop 153,
St. Louis, Mo., get that sort of experience
and at the same time get training in self-
help and have a good time by cooking their
supper out of doors before the troop meet-
ing, each boy doing his own cooking."
D. S. Leland, S. M.
Working In the Troop Committeemen
"Troop committeemen, like the boys,
will bang back and do nothing until given a
definite thing to. do. As one little stunt, I
will mention that of having members of the
troop committee call on the parents of the
boys to personally invite them to parent-
night troop meetings. This brings the troop
committeemen to the meetings also, and that
result in itself is a long step toward getting
the members to taking hold in good spirit."
A. E. Skaggs, S. M., Troop 15, Battle Creek,
Scout's Expense a Troop Responsibility
"We find it encourages the boys a lot and
helps to hold them in the troop, to secure
jobs for the older fellows on Saturdays dur-
ing school months and in summer, so that
they may earn money for their uniforms
and troop and camp expenses, and for their
thrift accounts. Last summer we secured
the baseball park concession for selling and
accounting for seat cushions during the
season, and earned about $50 for the troop
fund. We also put on an amateur show
which netted about $140 for the fund. It.
certainly helps matters if the individual
scout's money needs are pooled with those
of all the members, making the matter one
of troop interest and pride." G. J. Pelnar,
S. M., Troop 1, Scotia, Cal.
"By selling carnations for Mothers' Day
and gathering and selling old paper, Troop
2, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., adds consider-
ably to its treasury." C. B. Aver a, S. M.
When to Pass Tests
"We have found that the only place to
pass tests is in the outdoors or open fields,
and never in the troop meetings." M. S.
Randebaugh, S. M., Troop 77, Toledo, 0.
Relation of Hikes to Troop Progress
" It is the experience in Troop 14, Council
Bluffs, la., that the boys who have attended
the most hikes are the ones who have
advanced furthest in Scouting." S. P.
Hansen, S. M.
Books You Will Be Glad to
T AM glad to call your attention to the follow-
list of books which illustrate especially the
twelve scout laws. This list was compiled by
Dr. Paul M. Paine, of the Syracuse, N. Y.,
Trustworthiness: "Patriot Lad of Phila-
delphia," by E. R. Carter; "Light Keepers,"
Dutton; "Story of the U. S. Lighthouse,"
Loyalty: "For the Honor of the School,"
R. H. Barbour; "Track's End," Hayden Car-
ruth; "Boy of the Lost Crusade," Agnes D.
Helpfulness: "That Year at Lincoln High,"
Joseph Gollomb; "Boy Scouts of the Light-
house Troop," McLane.
Courtesy: "Lost Prince," Burnet; "Story
of King Arthur and his Knight," Howard
Kindness: "Perfect Tribute," Andrews;
"Greyfriar's Bobby," Atkinson.
Obedience: "Boy Scouts on Katahdin,"
Walter Pritchard Eaton; "Little Walter Jar-
vis," M. E. Sewall.
Cheerfulness: "Carl and the Cotton Gin,"
Sara Ware Bassett; "Secret Garden," Burnet;
"Book of Everyday Heroism," J. T. Faris;
"Silver Shoal Light," E. B. Price.
Thrift: Autobiography of Benjamin Frank-
lin; "Working Through at Lincoln High,"
Bravery: "Lance of Kanana," H. W.
French; "Book of Bravery edited by H. W.
Lanier; "Joan of Arc," Twain; "Trail Blazers,"
Wade; "Daniel Boone, Wilderness Scout,"
E. E. White.
Cleanliness: "Spirit of the School," R. H.
Barbour; "Physiology, Hygiene and Sanita-
tion, F. G. Jewett; "Control of Body and
Reverence: Children's Paul," J. C. Steven-
son; "Where Love is, then God is Also." Leo
Tolstoi; ' Story of the Other Wise Men,"
Henry Van Dyke.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Boy Scouts of America. Scouting, Volume 13, Number 2, February 1925, periodical, February 1925; New York, New York. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth310781/m1/2/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum.