Scouting, Volume 23, Number 9, October 1935 Page: 3
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S C OUT IN G
c/I Magazine of Information forfJil Scourers
Vol. XXIII, No. 9
Copyright, 1935, by
Boy Scouts of America
STEPS AH EAD
By JAMES E. WEST
Chief Scout Executive and
Editor of BOYS' LIFE
EARLY in August a great avalanche was moving upon
Washington. It was an avalanche of Scouts and
Scouters, set into motion by the growing enthusiasm
which the National Jamboree, the climaxing event of the
Jubilee year of Scouting, had aroused. As you know, this
avalanche came suddenl}^ to a halt. The Jamboree was can-
celled because of factors beyond our control, but because
the force behind this great movement was so great, many
substitutions were devised for the Scouts who had looked
forward to this great event. There were trips, special camps,
ceremonies and then the President's broadcast to all corners
of the land.
As a result of this and other Scouting activities during
the Jubilee year Scouting is now before the American pub-
lic as it has never been before. More boys will intensely
desire to be Scouts. More institutions will want to use the
Scout program. All those who are connected with Scouting
in positions of leadership will need to cooperate in capitaliz-
ing on this increased interest of the American public in
The Ten Year Program
Properly directed, this unusual interest in Scouting can
help materially to move forward the Ten Year Program in
which we are now engaged. We must make hay while the
sun shines. This unusual opportunity before us may not be
repeated in the near future.
There will be a demand for the. organization of many
new Troops to come for the additional boys who want to
become Scouts. We must be certain that these new Troops
are organized with proper leadership and with proper insti-
High Points in 1935 Observance
Troops and Councils should place emphasis in their ob-
servance on the following high points which have been
announced as part of our Twenty-fifth Anniversary cele-
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Pilgrimage.- On Saturday,
October 26t'h, the Sixteenth Annual Roosevelt Pilgrimage
will take place led by Daniel Carter Beard, National Scout
Commissioner. This of course centers its interest at Oyster
Bay but many similar events are being developed through-
out the country to scenes and public buildings connected
with his life. It would be entirely appropriate to hold any
kind of patriotic pilgrimage at this time to some local his-
toric shrine or to the grave of some outstanding citizen. It
is urged that Councils or individual Troops definitely plan
for some outdoor observance.
Thanksgiving Celebration, November 28th. Scout
Troops throughout the country on this occasion will unite
in some expression of thanks to the great sponsoring in-
stitutions of the community for their cooperative effort in
helping make available to boyhood the great program of
Scouting. This may take the form of a Good Turn or
whatever other local observance the Local Council or con-
ditions in the sponsoring institution make advisable.
Christmas Holiday Camps, December 26-31. 1 he year-
round outdoor program of Scouting features winter camp-
ing. Most Local Councils now sponsor some form of out-
door activity during the Christmas holidays and in many
cases the Council maintains a regular winter camp at this
time. Troops under qualified leaders also go winter camp-
ing on their own where conditions warrant. This year
special programs of winter camping with Anniversary Year
emphasis are being developed.
Close of the Anniversary Year. As already indicated,
there will be special features in connection with the close
of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary on February 7, 1936.
The Sixth National Training Conference
The Sixth National Training Conference, although a
conference for the professional leaders of the Movement has
so far reaching significance that everyone having leadership
responsibility in Scouting should feel in a sense that it is his
own conference. The projects that will be developed for
the discussion groups will cover questions that Scoutmasters
have raised in connection with their Troops, difficult situa-
tions and projects making for more effective leadership.
Our President, Mr. Head, has come on record in un-
equivocal terms as to the desirability of this Conference, On
Mav 27th he wrote me as follows:
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On with the Silver Jubilee!
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