Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 1
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WHO'S TOO BIG?
In Dayton, Ohio, there died a few months ago a man who once gave
a Scout Executive a lesson he has never forgotten. The man was
Dr. F. G. Barr, Vice President of the National Ca&h Register Com-
pany. He had done much for the employees of his company, and had
been largely responsible for many forward-looking employee-rela-
tions practices. He was a tremendously busy man, a moving power in
many community projects. In Scouting his work as a member of the
Council Executive Board and on the Regional Executive Committee
had been recognized with the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope
Here is the story as told by Perle Whitehead, now Deputy Regional
Executive of Region IV:
When Whitehead was Scout Executive in Dayton some years ago,
Dr. Barr came to his office one morning, and opened the conversation
by asking if the Boy Scout Movement would possibly consider him
for service as a Scoutmaster. This was a surprise, because Dr. Barr
was identified with many causes in the city, and was currently giving
much time to the County Tuberculosis League, of which he was
president. Whitehead was certain that the doctor was confused with
our terminology and explained to him that the Council officers had
not approached him to serve on the Executive Board in the past
because of his many responsibilities, but if there was the slightest
chance of his serving, he was as good as elected.
Dr. Barr said, "Whitey, I understand your terminology, and I still
want to be Scoutmaster! During the next two years the most impor-
tant thing in my life is the welfare of my two sons, who are now
members of our Oakwood Troop. The Troop is not doing so well at
the moment. It would break my heart if anything happened to keep
Bill and Fred from having a good experience in Scouting. You told
us at our Men's Brotherhood meeting last week that no man is too
big to be a Scoutmaster. I doubt whether I am big enough, but I
would certainly like to do my best with that Troop for two years,
and then we can train someone else to take over."
Dr. Barr became Scoutmaster and missed only three meetings in
the two-year period. The Troop flourished, his sons becoming Eagle
Scouts, along with a number of other fine Oakwood boys.
Perle Whitehead says it is a lesson he never forgot, and it's one we
all need to be reminded of from time to time. No man is too big to be
a leader of boys, and there is no greater satisfaction.
SCOUTING is published monthly except August and bi-monthly June-July, and copyrighted 1950,
by the Boy Scouts of America, 2 Park Ave., New York 16, N. Y. Reentered as Second Class Matter,
June 13, 1946, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., under the act of March 3, 1879.
SCOUTING is edited in the Division of Program by the Editorial Service. Director of the Division of
Program, E. Urner Goodman. Director of Publications, Editor, Lome W. Barclay. Managing Editor,
Lex R. Lucas. Asst. Managing Editor, Tom MacPherson. Art Director, Donald Ross. Production Director,
Geo. W. Goddard Jr. Associate Editors: Gerald Speedy, Cub Scouting; Ted Pettit, Boy Scouting;
Ted Holstein, Exploring.
NATIONAL OFFICERS —BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Honorary President, HARRY S. TRUMAN, Honorary Vice-Presidents, HERBERT HOOVER, WALTER W.
HEAD. President, AMORY HOUGHTON, Vice-Presidents. FRANK G. HOOVER, FRANCIS W. HATCH,
JOHN M. SCHIFF, KENNETH K. BECHTEL, CHERRY L. EMERSON, Treasurer, HARRY M. ADDIN-
SELL International Scout Commissioner, THOMAS J. WATSON, National Scout Commissioner,
GEORGE J. FISHER, Chief Scout, ELBERT K. FRETWELL, Chief Scout Executive, ARTHUR A. SCHUCK.
Deputy Chief Scout Executive, PLINY H. POWERS.
William H. Pouch, Chmn., Albert E. Lownes, Wheeler McMillen, E. W. Palmer, Harrison M. Sayre.
DECEMBER 1950, VOL. 38, No. 10
^ FOR ALL SCOUT LEADERS
Forward Into '51 2
Victory Scout Week 4
Scouting the Country 6
Key to Council Service 7
40 Year Men 8
How Tough Can I Get? 9
Just a Minute 38
Index for 1950 SCOUTING 39
<#> FOR CUB SCOUT LEADERS
Let's Strengthen the Pack Line 10
Making It Happen 11
Rivers, Theme for January 12
Rivers Pack Meeting 14
Rivers Den Meeting 16
Games, Cub Style 17
FOR BOY SCOUT LEADERS
Man to Man 18
Take 'Em Out in Winter 19
The Good Earth 20
Planning for January 23
Handicraft for Camp and Pro-
Scoutcraft Game File 35
FOR EXPLORER LEADERS
Hobby College 28
January Plans in Crew and
Bike Rodeo 32
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