Scouting, Volume 24, Number 9, September 1936 Page: 3
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Vol. XXIV, No. 8
Copyright, 1936, by
Boy Scouts of America
Forward This Fall
By DR. JAMES E. WEST
Chief Scout Executive and Editor of Boys' Life
ALL Scouters, whether related to Troop*, District
or Council operations will be interested in the plans
which are now being set up to make this fall and
early winter a season long to be remembered because of
progress that will be made in vitalizing our present Troops
and in organizing New Troops so that 1936 will go down
in history as a great year in Scouting. After all, these two
lines of progress represent our fundamental responsibility.
Vitalizing the Troop
Every Scoutmaster and Troop Scouter is naturally eager
to make his Troop a success; to maintain a program that
will not only capture but hold the enthusiastic interest of
his Scouts so that when each Troop meeting or hike is over,
the boy who participates will be likely to say "Gee, I wish it
were just starting."
Through playing the game of Scouting as it was de-
signed—a great out-of-door adventure—and through run-
ning the Troop strictly according to the Patrol System, such
an outcome may be pretty well assured. With such result
two things may be anticipated.
First: vacancies in the Patrols will soon be filled and the
Troop will before long be a full Troop.
Second: the success of this Troop will be contagious, and,
adding to the prestige of Scouting in the community,
will make easy the organization of other Troops until
all boys who want to be Scouts have the opportunity
Extending the Influence of Scouting
Meanwhile under the leadership of Council officers—
the Scout Executive, the Organization Committee, the
Commissioners—a well rounded and intelligently planned
schedule of Troop and Pack organization will be under
way. September, October, November and December should
be good months for such a job. Local churches and par-
ishes, schools and community centers are reorganizing their
program for youth. They are then, if ever, open for a con-
sideration of Scouting in relation to such program. It is a
season of great opportunity.
The Fall Campaign
With these incentives before us, we are prepared to go
*Includes Tribes, Ships, neighborhood Patrols, etc.
forward in the development of such a vigorous campaign
this fall as will cause us all to feel gratified with the re-
sults when December 31 rolls around. Undoubtedly most
Councils have been laying their lines for such a campaign
during the earlier months of the year. There remain then
the four months for the harvest. How shall we organize for
1. Through the Work of Organization Committees and
In preparation for their vigorous program this fall, these
men will find guidance and inspiration in the little twenty-
four page pamphlet discussing "The Committee on Organ-
ization and District, Neighborhood and Field Commission-
ers" in which their responsibilities and relationships to each
other and their part in this great mission of giving Scouting
to the youth of America are discussed.
After laying out an aggressive program of organization,
the Organization Committee or the Organizing Commis-
sioners will naturally follow such procedures as the follow-
a) The assignment of certain local institutions to vari-
ous members of the Committee or Organizing Com-
b) The Cultivation of interest in such institutions to
the point where they are ready to organize.
c) The pursuance of an established schedule of steps
incident to the organization of the new Troop, be-
ginning with the definite adoption of the program by
the vested authorities in the institution and follow-
ing logically through the appointment of the Troop
Committee, the selection of Scoutmaster and one or
more Assistants. The pamphlet "How to organize a
Scout Troop," outlines the method in detail.
The Steps just outlined apply particularly to procedure
in urban territories but it is no less important that Scouting
be made available to boys on farms and in small rural
communities. Here the Council's Organization Committee
and Scout Executive, through a district set-up and with
the cooperation of County Superintendent of Schools and
County Farm Agents, have the great opportunity of in-
jecting the Scouting experience into the lives of country
New Troops for the Boys Who Want to be Scouts
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