Scouting, Volume 21, Number 1, January 1933 Page: 347
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Vol. XXI, No. I
by Boy Scouts
A Magazine of Information for All Scou+ers
WE extend to every Scouter in this
great Movement cordial greetings
and best wishes for a Happy New
Year. By the time you read this page, the
record on which the President's Award is
based will be completed. The New Year
lies ahead of us now, opportunities for
achievement, and a chance to make a real
start on our contribution to the American
Nation. The New Year is a time for stock
taking, a time to check up on our work, and
lay plans for the future, so that our work
may be more effective in the months to come.
The president-elect of our country intro-
duced the idea of a "new deal"
into the campaign which led
to his election. Perhaps it can
also be said that the objective
of the Ten Year Program to
prolong the length of the
Scout's experiences to at least
four years calls for a "new
deal" in Scouting a new deal
which nevertheless is not new
but finds its roots in the orig-
inal conception of the Move-
ment. It is what we must all
—■ Scoutmasters, Committee-
men, Council Members, Com-
missioners and Executives,
focus our attention upon the
boy and what is happening to
him as a result of his Scout
experience. We must test our
job in terms of his interest,
his tenure, his response.
And speaking of the late campaign, there is the forgotten
boy in too many Troops—the boy who comes with us for a
few months and then leaves us, passing into oblivion so far as
Scouting is concerned, without leaving any imprint upon our
memory. To such a boy, Scouting is just one of life's un-
The real measure of our effectiveness, as Scout Leaders, is
the way in which we get Scouting across to the individual boy.
Does he like it? Does he find it a fascinating game? Does
he stay in the Troop? Every Troop unit and every Council
Committee should ask these questions. The test of your lead-
ership is the tenure of the boys in your Troop. This is a
different thing from increase in membership. What percentage
of the boys that came into your Troop four years ago are
with you now? What percentage of those that came three
years, two years and one year ago? It is not only the number
of new Scouts that you enroll that measures your leadership
ability. All boys want Scouting. It has been said that Scout-
WALTER W. HEAD
NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS TO SCOUTERS
|T gives me great pleasure to embrace this opportunity to convey
to all Scouters a personal message of New Year's Greetings.
The belief that we ail share satisfaction in the accomplishments of
the past, and a full realization of an increasing responsibility for
the achievements of the future, force us to recognize the fact
that we are unitedly bound together as a group of men, working
for the development and the betterment of the boyhood in America.
The Boy Scouts of America has set before itself a gigantic
task, the objective of which is to make it possible for at least one
of every four boys in this country to have the benefits of Scout
training for a four year period. May this New Year bring to all
of us who have pledged ourselves to this task, enthusiasm, a spirit
of service, and the conviction that by our personal efforts we can
make a contribution to the welfare of the nation; may we be given
the ability to make our leadership more effective, so that through
Scouting we may help to raise the general standard of human
happiness and human achievement through an active and par-
ing is as contagious as the measles. But after
you get them, what have you done with them ?
Making due allowance for those who have
separated from the Troop—or the Council
for unavoidable reasons such as moving,
graduation, change of institutional policy, etc.,
what percentage of each year's crop of new
boys has remained with you?
This is not a matter of concern to the
Scoutmaster alone, but to every member of
every standing Committee of the Council.
Camping Committee members should consider
not merely the number of boys in camp but
the percentage of boys in camp in relation to
the total number of boys in
the Council. The Civic Ser-
vice Committee should consid-
er not only whether the oppor-
tunity for service is a sort that
appeals to Scouts and the ser-
vice rendered adequate, but
the percentage of Scouts in the
Council who have an oppor-
tunity to secure this form of
WALTER W. HEAD
The Scoutmaster's Job
in the Ten Year Program
The Scoutmaster's job in the
Ten Year Program is to con-
sider all of his activities in
terms of boy appraisal. If he
is to conduct a Troop this year
that will successfully hold the
interest of boys for a period
of four years, he must analyze his Troop Program on these
1. The presentation of Scouting essentially as an out-of-
doors game, using the advancement program as a means
of preparing the Scout to camp, hike and "scout" success-
fully and with satisfaction to himself.
2. The internal structure of the Troop such that the boy has
a chance to feel himself definitely a part of it. He must
share in making decisions and in formulating the Troop
Program—that is the Patrol system properly conducted.
Tools of Scouting
One of the most effective means that the Scoutmaster has
for interesting boys in Scouting, as well as developing right
character habits, is the advancement program. But this must
be presented not in the test-passing, school examination spirit.
The advancement program should be regarded as a series of
achievements—each one leading the boy further along the trail
Is there a forgotten boy in your Troop?
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