Scouting, Volume 45, Number 8, October 1957 Page: 1
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October, 1957, Vol. 45, /Vo. 8
( O iX T E |\ T S
A Field Guide to Self-Righteousness 2
Widening Your Troop's Zone of Influence 5
If I Were a Scoutmaster Again ft
1958 Safety Good Turn 8
Scout Shorts 10
Are You Good News or Bad?
Advisor — Who Does It?
Guest of Honor Hike 15
Webelos Day 16
Worth Retelling 18
Yardstick for Measuring Scout Selling 20
Front Line Stuff 22
I Wish I Had 23
THIS MONTH'S COVER
The hand that guides the pen that
writes the check belongs to you—
a Scouter. For in communities
everywhere, Scouting—and hosts
of other fine organizations — are
supported by local united funds or
community chests. Have you made
your Red Feather contribution yet?
SCOUTING is published monthly and bimonthly May-June and July-
August. Copyrighted 1957, by the Boy Scouts of America, New Bruns-
wick, N. J. Reentered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at
New Brunswick, N. J., under the act of March 3, 1879. Additional entry.
New York City. SCOUTING is sent to Scouters as a part of their
registration. Subscription to all others $1.00 a year.
Editor, Lex R. Lucas Production Director, George Corrado
Managing Editor, Forest Witcraft Assoc. Editors: Ted Holstein, Walter
Asst. Managing Editor, James Moise MacPeek, Sam Traughber
Arf Director, Don Ross Circulation Service, Donald Fuchs
NATIONAL OFFICERS-BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Honorary President, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. Honorary Vice Presi-
dents, HERBERT HOOVER, HARRY S. TRUMAN, AMORY HOUGHTON,
JOHN M. SCHIFF. President, KENNETH K. BECHTEL. Vice Presidents,
FRANCIS W. HATCH, CHERRY L. EMERSON, GALE F. JOHNSTON,
ELLSWORTH H. AUGUSTUS, NORTON CLAPP. Treasurer, GERALD F.
BEAL. International Commissioner, WILLIAM D. CAMPBELL. National
Scout Commissioner, GEORGE J. FISHER. Chief Scout, ELBERT K. FRET-
WELL. Chief Scout Executive, ARTHUR A. SCHUCK. Deputy Chief Scout
Executive, PLINY H. POWERS.
WHEELER McMILLEN, chairman, WM. HARRISON FETRIDGE, vice-chair-
man, EZRA TAFT BENSON, GEORGE W. BOOTH, O. A. HANKE, FRANCIS
W. HATCH, JOHN A. JONES, ALBERT E. LOWNES, CHARLES B. McCABE,
KEN McCORMICK, FRANK C. RAND, JR., HARRISON M. SAYRE.
Fifty-Two Thousand or One
Big and impressive when worn by 52,000 boys
and men at the jamboree; very personal
when a mother sits down to proudly replace a
badge on a worn shirt; our uniform.
The two extremes were mine to glimpse this
summer, the first in that thrilling hour when the
thousands and thousands of smartly uniformed
Scouts converged on the arena for the jamboree's
opening pageant. The second in this letter from a
Scouter's wife, that reached me the same day:
"As I finished reading your July editorial, I
found myself thinking back to the miles and miles
of thread that I've sewn into badges and patches,
beginning with a tiny blue uniform and finally
graduating to a man-sized dark green one.
"And I thought, too, of the Mondays that I've
spent trying to make uniforms look as though
they hadn't been through a rainy weekend, in
time for meeting that same night.
"One might think that I had at least a dozen
boys in Scouting, but in reality I have only one—
and my husband. But their uniforms are never at
rest. This year again, the smaller green uniform
is working on staff at the Scout camp and I hope
to have more sewing to do on that probably beat-
"In any case, I have come to realize that this
small task reaps a great reward. The proudest
events in my life revolve around two uniforms—
my husband's Scouter Award, my son's God and
Country Award last year, and a few weeks ago
I had the honor of sewing on an Eagle Award. I
must confess that a few tears and a great amount
of pride went into every stitch.
Stirs memories, doesn't it? If it also stirs re-
solves to help make ours a well-uniformed organ-
ization in which we can all take pride, that's good.
Here’s what’s next.
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