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.
These survey blanks should be used in order to furnish the council and Scout leaders with the following necessary and valuable information:
1. Facts about the boy, parents, and their desires.
2. Information about institutions and organizations to which the boy is related.
3. Man-relationship information. No council will grow or reach boys until leaders and district man power is available and trained. We must discover outstanding, fine men in every community who can be related to the Boy Scout Program, each in his own school and home neighborhood.
4. The reading habits, as expressed in likes, dislikes and desires of boys, is of great importance in any boy program. This reading survey information is important to homes, school, church, as well as Scout leaders. Reading habits have a life-time relationship to character values, to training for citizenship and to one's proper use of free time.
One of the definite purposes of the Boy Scout Movement is to contribute effectively to a boy's happiness and character development by influencing his habits of reading. This is the reason why we are continually promoting the use of BOYS' LIFE, the right kind of newspapers, magazines, journals, publications and books. No program is richer and more fruitful of good results than the Boy Scout Reading Program. Every Scoutmaster should be conscious of the importance of this particular part of the program in the life of Scouts. One's reading habits are developed during childhood and in early life. The kind of reading consumed through life is the kind we cultivate a taste for during our first sixteen years. Very few change their reading habits, likes, and dislikes for certain types of reading matter after the age of sixteen.
The above will suggest why we emphasize the importance of using the Boy-Fact Survey to serve boys in Scouting locally, to give Scouting to more boys, not only in trade centers but in open country, mining communities, lumber districts and even in apartment houses and sky-scrapers of our large cities.