Scouting, Volume 13, Number 2, February 1925 Page: 3
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SCOUTING, February, 1925
Scout "Honor Guards" at
OFFICIAL FIGURES of the Presi-
dential election, as announced by the
National Manufacturers' Associa-
tion, shows a 4.2 per cent, increase in votes
cast in November as against the Presidential
vote of 1920. The comparative figures are
Vote Cast Per cent.
These figures show that 283,015 more
voters stayed away from the polls last year
than in 1920. But there were 2,775,677
more eligible voters. Consequently, 2,492,-
662 more votes were cast in 1924 than in
1920, amounting to 4.2 per cent, increase
in voters who went to the polls.
The State of Wyoming heads the States
in percentage of increase in votes cast
(37.7 per cent, over 1920), and receives the
State Trophy offered by Collier's Magazine,
as shown in September Scouting. Twenty-
eight States ^ade increases, running down
from Wyoming's record to that of only
00.5 per cent, for the State of Washington.
Twenty States showed a continued decrease
in the number of voters going to the polls.
The Trophy was presented at a joint
session of the Wyoming Legislature, pre-
sided over by the newly elected Governor,
Mrs. Nellie G. Ross, at the State Capitol,
February 7. The Governor personally re-
ceived the Trophy which was presented
by Mr. William T. Rankin, Vice-President
of Collier's Magazine. Selected scouts of
Cheyenne served as a color guard and
as a guard of honor to the Governor, and
otherwise participated in the ceremony,
under the leadership of Scout Executive
Joseph S. Fleming. Political leaders stated
that Cheyenne scouts did more than any
.other organization in increasing the percent-
age of voters in that city, which is probably
true also of other Wyoming communities.
Thus loyal scouts were an important factor
in placing their State in the honorable posi-
tion that Wyoming achieved in this patriotic
Published monthly for Officials and Leaders by
the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Entered as second-class matter April 19, 1913,
Post Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of
August 24, 1912. Acceptance for mailing at special
rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act
of October 3, 1917, authorized June 13, 1918.
OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL
AND EXECUTIVE BOARD
Honorary President: Calvin Coolidge.
Honorary Vice-President: William H. Taft.
Honorary Vice-President: Daniel C. Beard.
Honorary Vice-President: Wm. G. McAdoo.
President: Colin H. Livingstone, Washington.
Vice-President: Mortimer L. Schiff, New York.
Vice-President: Milton A. McRae, Detroit.
Vice-President: Bolton Smith, Memphis, Tenn.
Vice-President: Walter W. Head, Omaha.
Vice-President: Charles C. Moore, San Francisco.
Nat'l Scout Commissioner: Daniel C. Beard.
International Commissioner: Mortimer L. Schiff.
Treasurer: George D. Pratt, Oyster Bay, N. Y.
Chief Scout Executive: James E. West, N. Y. C.
Office of Publication:
Boy Scouts of America
The Fifth Avenue Building, 200 Fifth Avenue
New York City
William B. Ashley, Editor.
Vol. XIII., No. 2. February, 1925
Copyright, 1925, bv Boy Scouts of America
15 Anniversary Week Mes-
sage From President
Addressed From the White House
to President Colin H. Livingstone,
and Published in the Press on the
Opening Date of Anniversary Week
THE APPROACH of the fif-
teenth anniversary of the
founding of the Boy Scout
Organization is a reminder of
the rapid growth and splendid service
of the scout body. If there ever was
justification for uncertainty as to the
usefulness of this organization, it has
long since been removed, in view of the
great work of character development
that has been accomplished.
The Boy Scouts have contributed
greatly, under their splendid leader-
ship, to the best training for useful
citizenship. It is a satisfaction, in
contemplating at this time the achieve-
ments of the organization, to express
the hope and confidence that it will
continue to expand in numbers and in
the strength of its appeal to the youth
of the nation.—Calvin Coolidge.
Next Annual Meeting
IN ACCORDANCE with action of the
Executive Board, in changing the
date of the Annual Meeting of the
National Council from March to May,
the 1925 Meeting will be held in May,
with a special session for scout com-
missioners, definite dates to be an-
" I am sure that it would be worth-
while for every executive, and indeed for
every officer of the local council, and
for that matter, members of the execu-
tive committee and troop committee-
men, to think very definitely of the
opportunity they have of adding materi-
ally to the effectiveness of the Scouting
Program, by paying particular atten-
tion to the opportunity of developing
loyalty on the part of scouts, by pre-
senting a vision of the chance every
scout has of serving the cause effectively
when he grows into manhood." —James
j MEMBERSHIP FIGURES (
Total Boys and Officials 700,015
Scouts (including Lone Scouts GG,696) . 544,143
Other Volunteers . 116,765
Veteran Troops including 699—10 yr.. . 4,390
Veteran Scouts including 970—10 yr... . 10,782
Troops Reregistered in January
(through 1—21—25) 841
Reregistrations due in January 2,057
Reregistrations due prior to January.. . 5,886
[Is your Troop one of these7]
THE REGISTRATION BUREAU
needs your cooperation in regard to
"Expiration Dates" which have become
rather serious and are causing us a great
deal of trouble.
It has always been the policy that unless
the troop had broken up and ceased to oper-
ate, its registration would be continuous
and charter and certificates be made out to
expire twelve months from the previous
date of expiration.
A reference to the fourth page of the
troop reregistration blank, (691) calls atten-
tion to this matter and provides questions
which will enable us to act properly wher-
ever there is evidence that the registration
should not be made continuous.
However, we have been receiving an
increasing number of applications, indicat-
ing an expiration date twelve months from
the date the application is made, even where
the registration has lapsed only from one
to three months, also where the internal
evidence of the application is to the
effect that the troop has been in constant
action throughout the entire time with a
majority of old scouts reregistering.
Application blanks previously used asked
the question whether a continuous registra-
tion was desired. It was intended to get an
answer to this from those troops which had
been inactive indicating this fact, but it
was never intended to give to a troop which
has been active right along and had been
representing itself as a troop of Boy Scouts,
the right to defer its reregistration, for there
is no authority whatever to ignore the lapsed
period on reregistration. Will you not co-
operate with us in getting this matter
In all cases where a new expiration date
has thus been given, the scout or the troop
automatically loses credit for the lapsed
period when figuring up the five or ten year
record of service.
Of course where new boys have come in
during the lapsed period, their fees should
be calculated at the proportionate rates for
the time between their joining the troop
and the proper date of expiration, which is
always the last day of the month in the charter.
FEBRUARY 22, WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY—
Troop attendance in uniform at patriotic church ser-
vice. Patriotic hikes this day or Saturday before, or
Monday following. Scouts to raise and lower com-
munity flags, and in other ways render patriotic ser-
vices. Emphasis on Washington's conformity to the
principles of the Scout Oath and Law, at troop
FEBRUARY 27, ANNIVERSARY CONSERVATION
—Active participation in troop meetings by former
scouts and officials who re-enlisted for service. Inves-
titure of new scouts. Presentation of badges of higher
rank to seouts who have advanced. Reorganization,
where desirable, of patrols, committees and so forth,
to provide activities for renewed memberships.
MARCH 6, CAMP OUTLOOK—At troop meeting
and on following week-end hike complete plans for
maximum summer camp enrollment. Check up on
troop and individual camp equipment, and on things
to be done to put campsite into readiness.
MARCH 13, LUCKY FRIDAY—Test passing. Pa-
trol Champ-Nit Contests.
MARCH 20, GOOD TURN REVIVAL—At troop
meetings and on week-end hikes develop renewed in-
terest in Good Turns that mean self-sacrifice and ex-
ercise of scout skill. Plan troop Good Turn to the
parent institution and also troop participation in inter-
troop Community Good Turn.
MARCH 27, SHOW-OFF DAY—Parent night troop
meeting with Scoutcraft demonstrations for visitors,
Week-end hikes with dads and big brothers and uncles
as guests. Treat 'em right! Make scouts of them!!
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