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.
In view of the fact that the Boy Scout Movement proposes to expand its work in the rural field, and that the development of this Movement will, of necessity, deal with the rural leaders and farm boys who are interested in Boys' Club Work as regularly conducted by the Extension Service of Iowa State College in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, this Memorandum of Understanding is entered into by the representatives of the Boy Scouts of America and the Extension Service of Iowa with the purpose of insuring the sympathetic cooperation of their leaders in the prosecution of their respective lines of endeavor.
The officials in charge of the Boy Scout Work and of 4-H Club Work believe that a greater number of farm boys may be reached and given a broader and better training if these organizations adhere to the following program of cooperation and general understanding.
First: It is understood by the parties of this Memorandum that there is hereby created no organic or official relationship between the representatives and members of Boy Scouts of America, and representatives and members of the 4-H Club Work. This understanding is primarily to promote cooperation and to extend the influence of both organizations in serving rural boys, while at the same time serving to prevent difficulties or misunderstanding between the representatives and members of the respective organizations in dealing with individuals or with groups of persons in any section of the State of Iowa.
Second: It is recognized that the primary purpose of Boy Scout Work is character building and citizenship training through the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Daily Good Turn. A secondary purpose is vocational guidance, through contact with various fields of knowledge, of which agriculture is one. Interest in making exploration in these various fields of knowledge by boys is stimulated by the offering of Merit Badges, for the accomplishment of certain amounts of work in the several fields, including agriculture. In the agricultural field, the objective in Boy Scout Work is not so much a matter of improving the agriculture of the farm or community as it is to give the boy a helpful knowledge of the broad field of agriculture with the view to arousing or increasing his interest therein as a vocation.
Third: It is recognized that the 4-H Club Work is a distinctly public, educational movement, organized and supported by public institutions and developed among rural boys and girls. As such, it shares in the objectives common to all educational institutions and movements in its concern with the development of individual abilities and capacities for learning, intellectual and moral character, qualities of effective citizenship, and the like. The general objectives in 4-H Club Work may be stated as follows:
1. To bring about a finer type of rural life in Iowa.
2. To build community activities for rural youth under the supervision of volunteer local leaders.
3. To give training in rural organization and leadership.
4. To develop and maintain increasingly higher standards in competitive and other club activities.
5. To teach approved farm and home practices.
6. To develop an attitude of placing the welfare of the larger group above that of the smaller group or individual.
7. To make 4-H club work possible for every rural boy and girl of club age in Iowa.
8. To make the 4-H pledge a reality in the life of each 4-H member.
9. To dignify agriculture as a business.
10. To develop a program for scientific measurements of the results of 4-H club activities.
It is also agreed that the organization of the boys into clubs with regular meetings, demonstrations, tours, camps, and recreation is necessary t© make work more effective in developing a four-fold 4-H club program of training of the head, hand, heart and health. Each member of the Club is required to do a piece of agricultural work in the most approved way under guidance of trained workers; keep records of results, attend Club Meetings; and make reports of his work. Back of the guidance of boys in their demonstration work is the research work of the State Experiment Station and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. It is recognized that the function of improving agriculture in the community rests primarily with the institutions responsible for agricultural research and teaching.
Fourth: (A) It is agreed that, in carrying on Boy Scout Work, which is guided and financed by private agencies, and 4-H Club Work, which is guided and financed by public and private agencies, good administration requires that the two lines of work be kept separate and distinct, Scout officials being wholly responsible for Scout Work, and Extension Officials wholly responsible for 4-H Club Work, and that the two lines of work be not carried on at the same time (i.e., in the same group or camp).
(B) It is understood that the Boy Scout Program is available to any community and any boy of Scout age on a basis of choice of the community and the boy's personal option, as approved by his parents.
Fifth: It is agreed that the representatives of these two organizations will cooperate in every legitimate way for the betterment of rural youth and for the promotion of their respective lines of work, and will exchange information concerning employed officials, and literature relating to their respective lines of work. Extension Agents may advise with Scout Officials as to suitable men to serve as members of Rural Scout Committees, Rural Scoutmasters, and Leaders in Scout Work. They may assist whenever it is practical in conducting Merit Badge examinations in agricultural subjects, and give subject matter instruction when feasible in order that the kind and character of instruction may be such as is recommended by the Agricultural Extension Service of Iowa and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
It is further agreed that Scout Officials may accept finished project work in the 4-H Club demonstrations, as evidence of a Scout's fitness to receive a Merit Badge in a particular field; and that a County Agent may, if compatible with 4-H Club, practice and if his time and program permits, so organize the demonstration in a particular case, or give special assistance to a Scout or Scouts in his group, to the end that the requirements of the Merit Badge test may be met.
Sixth; It is agreed that leaders of both organizations will encourage the rural boy to gain the benefits and enjoy the privileges that both organizations can provide. However, it is not expected that the representatives of either organization shall become official promoters for the other. In particular, it is understood that Extension Workers are public officials working in the interests of all classes of people and cooperating with all types of helpful associations and agencies.
Seventh: It is agreed that this Memorandum shall be in effect for a period of three years from January 1, 1935, except that it may be terminated at any time on thirty days' written notice from either party to the other.