Scouting, Volume 29, Number 11, December 1941 Page: 1
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VOL 29, No. 11
Responsibility of the Boy Scouts
of America in the War with Japan
By Dr. James E. West, Chief Scout Executive
WE have stopped the presses for this issue of
Scouting in order to share with all Scouters a
telegram, reproduced on this page, sent to the
President of the United States. President Head and
I have spoken for the entire membership, confident of
full support and cooperation.
Many of us remember what took place in 1917,
1918 and 1919. Then, with a membership of a little
over 250,000, the Boy Scouts of America performed a
series of worthwhile and dramatic services to their
country in response to direct appeals from the Presi-
dent of the United States.
We here in
America have been
in an emergency
status for many
since the outbreak
of the war abroad.
In recent months,
because of action
by Congress, pub-
lic opinion has
crystallized in sup-
port of the policy
of the government,
and now in the
midst of our efforts
to preserve peace,
Japan has made
war upon the
United States. In
response to a con-
servative and dig-
of the facts by the
President, the Con-
gress of the United
States has declared
December 8, 1941
Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt,
President of the United States,
The White House,
Washington, D. C.
At this time of national crisis we, on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America,
assure you of the full and wholehearted cooperation of the entire active mem-
bership of our organization numbering 1,500,000 boys and men. In addition
there are some ten million others who have derived benefits from its program
during the thirty-one years of its organized existence who, we feel sure, also
stand with us, ready to assist in any and every manner possible in making ef-
fective the government program resulting from your recommendation to Con-
gress and its action in today declaring that a state of war exists between the.
United States of America and the Empire of Japan.
The efforts of the Boy Scouts of America during the last World War demon-
strated that there are many projects which can be appropriately and success-
fully undertaken by boys of Scout age and with Scout training. Heretofore, we
have happily responded to your personal request to distribute posters publicizing
defense savings bonds and stamps, and to participate in the aluminum collec-
tion. Our efforts in the waste paper collection currently in operation, and in
the Civilian Defense Program will be further intensified. It will be our earnest
purpose to embrace to the full measure of our capacity any and all other op-
portunities to render further service to our country.
JAMES E. WEST
Chief Scout Executive
that a state of war exists between this country and
This declaration, we are confident, will unify
America and bring a wholehearted determination to
cooperate with the Government in carrying out its
The coming of war will cause many capable men
who must remain at home for one reason or another
to look for an opportunity to serve their country. We
urge that all Scouters be alert to enroll from such
groups those who can help us to carry on and
strengthen the program of Scouting. Replacing lost
leadership is go-
ing to be one of
our acute problems.
While we were
able to claim in the
last war that for
every man who left
we found two
ready to take his
place, it must be
this will not hap-
pen unless some-
one plans to make
it happen. I know
of no better way to
achieve this than
to ask every Scout-
master, every As-
ter, every Troop
ery Cubmaster, ev-
ery member of a
under the leader-
ship of the Local
Council, to accept
as a personal re-
sponsibility the fill-
WALTER W. HEAD
National Defense Book Campaign Opens January 12th with Scout Help. See page 35
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