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.
(Wabash Valley Area Council-8 Counties- Terre Haute, Ind.)
Each of the 8 counties constitutes one district, with populations ranging from 17,872 to 98,681. The Council has but one city over 10,000, Terre Haute-with 62,810 people. As the table shows, there are 4 cities from 5,000 to 10,000, and 2 from 2,500 to 5,000-with some Scouting in each. Of the 11 towns with 1,000 to 2,500 population, one has no Scouting; of 19 small towns of 500 to 1,000, 7 await Scouting chances; while of 150 villages under 500 population, 130 are not yet served by Scouting. In addition, there are in the open country of the 8 counties or districts, 1,108 boys who will want Scouting as Lone Scouts and these should be organized into 8 or more Tribes.
Three towns are capable of sponsoring more than one Troop. There are 10 one-Troop towns; 130 villages should have Neighborhood Patrols and 1,108 individual boys who, in Boy-Fact survey, asked to be Scouts on a Tribe or Lone Scout basis.
With Troops averaging over 16 and Neighborhood Patrols averaging 5, here are more than 2,049 boys waiting to be served. 129% more boys of Scout age than the council was serving at the time the analysis was made by the council and its executive.
Planning Conferences of District Committees were held and indicated the readiness of the men to serve all their boys in the open country and villages, as well as in larger towns. At the time of writing this section, training courses for rural leaders were being held in four Districts, and a number of Neighborhood Patrols were being formed:
The preceding chart was prepared by the National Statistical Service and illustrates this condition in one council-the black area represents boys "not reached" by Scouting-note that the "large cities" and the "rural brackets" are in especial need of more Scouting opportunities. Every quarter each local council receives its council "Index" of accomplishment in this and other similar items. Many councils make a similar analysis or "Index" for each of their "districts."
Note-The computing of the 0. I.-Opportunity Index- (Number of Troops per each 100 twelve-year-old boys as shown on the chart for the whole Council, and for each population subdivision shown) is not difficult. The Council Area had 2,746 12-year-olds or 27.46 hundreds of 12-year-olds. It had 81 Troops. The number of Troops for each 100 12-year-olds, therefore, would be 27.46 divided into 81, which gives 2.9.
Similarly for R. I. (Number new Scouts per each 100 12-year-old boys). The Council Area had 27.46 hundreds of 12-year-olds. It had 653 new Scouts that year. The number of new Scouts for each 100 12-year-olds would be 27.46 divided into 653, which gives 23.8 new Scouts for each available 100 12-year-olds.
A fairly large-scale office map of the council and each district will be found very useful to use for "spotting" on it the Troops, Patrols, Tribes, Packs, Dens or Lone Scouts or Cubs now being served.
Also it may be used to record the "not-yet-reached" institutions, places, neighborhoods, or areas - and those that are to be "recruited" and helped next.
ONE ROOM RURAL SCHOOL-OLD TIME TRANSPORT.