This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
Scouts in rural sections may have a lot of fun and do a lot of good by running a "Tent Caterpillar Hike." Tent Caterpillars originally were found chiefly on wild cherry trees; now they are found attacking many other trees, including pear, peach, apple, plum, quince, cherry, maples, sassafras and oaks.
A very enjoyable and highly useful hike can be developed in winter vacation periods to find and destroy the egg clusters, and in the spring time to spot and destroy the tent nests before they produce the caterpillar. Such a hike leading to a "treasure" laid by the S.M., and one or two others going ahead, may be used at a monthly Tribe get-together. A Troop, or even a small Patrol of as few as four Scouts (two groups of two each), can make an interesting Scout tracking game out of a tent caterpillar project.
The first group can be given a half hour's start and must leave some trail mark about every 30 yards. Whenever they find a tent caterpillar nest or egg cluster, some agreed upon sign must be left, such as one stone atop a larger one, or something similar with dead branches of agreed upon size or some pointing arrow-like trench, made with the foot in the sand, or some similar "sign" suited to the country. The first group can carry food to be prepared for the joint meal when both groups get together.
Trail signs like those illustrated on the next page may be used.
SOME COMMON TRAIL MARKS
BUREAU OF ENTOMOLOGY STATIONS-BY STATES
The Scout Organizer Award
The Scout Organizer Award may be made to any registered Scout in good standing, in recognition of his achievement in getting new groups of Scouts or Cubs organized. These may be Troops or
Packs, Tribes, Neighborhood Patrols or Dens, and Lone Scouts, Cubs, Explorers or Rovers.
For each new registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub, Scout, Cubber or Scouter-one point of the total of 15 set for the award.
When, through his own personal efforts, there is organized a new Cub, Scout, Senior Scout, or Rover group of five or more members-then 10 points toward the 15 are recognized. These groups may be Packs or Troops, Ships or Rover Crews or Tribes, may be Neighborhood Patrols or Dens, which follow in their organization the regular procedures authorized under Federal Charter by the Boy Scouts of America.