Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 3
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boy leaders. For instance every Patrol Leader should
have a strong Assistant Patrol Leader and every
Explorer in a Troop should consider it his job to
help train someone to take his place as he goes on
upward in Exploring. Likewise, among the Unit
Committee and among the Den Mothers this policy
of "two deep" is a life-saver . . . and anyway "two
heads are often better than one!" Being a Scout
master "all by yourself" can be a lonesome and
Advancement — The measure of a Scout's prog-
ress is his advancement through the skills of Scout-
ing. There is a big difference in Scouts who advance
and those who don't. If advancement is low in the
Unit, perhaps the leader needs to get his Unit staff
together and searchingly ask, "What activities do
our Troop or Pack provide that help our Scouts to
learn a skill or acquire some knowledge." Actually
By tf-lasiJz It/.
Asst. National Director of Program
advancement ought to be and must be part and
parcel of the week-in and week-out program of
Patrols and Dens, and therefore, of the Troop and
Pack. Could it be that boys do not advance because
advancement is something just dragged in on occa-
sion or carried on entirely outside the Unit activi-
The Outdoor Program — It takes outdoor experi-
ences to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
We talk about Scouting being an "outing" — is it
in your Unit? Even a Cub Scout Pack needs to get
out, and in our whole family program of Cub Scout-
ing, Boy Scouting and Exploring, camping is a pro-
gressive experience. We must remember that many
boys join a Boy Scout Troop to go camping. Ask
yourself — "What are the weaknesses in our Unit
in terms of outdoor activities?" "What will we do
about it in 1951?"
Service — Is the Unit prepared for specific contri-
butions to the community in terms of service? Is this
service also geared to the needs of Civil Defense?
Dr. Schuck, the Chief Scout Executive, said
recently, "If the need for Civil Defense actually
comes to America, it will no longer be Civil Defense,
it will be Survival!"
Every Unit should have a definite, well defined
plan of mobilization and be ready to take its place
and accept responsibilities early in 1951.
Membership — This is the assurance that we are
training a sufficient number of boys and young men
through Scouting to make a contribution in the com-
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