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.
Leaders of rural boys should be conscious of the importance of a boy having a room of his own. Here in the presence of his own pennants, Scouting pictures, books, interests, collections, art pieces, crafts- his own personality grows, in those quiet moments when he thinks through his own future. Book shelves, table, desk, benches, costumer, cupboard, dresser, lamp, picture frames-these represent himself and particularly so where he has made them himself or reclaimed some old pieces.
Cardboard boxes, as shown on the bookshelves at the top of the drawing, are very useful for classifying and filing the various Department of Agriculture publications which the young man has secured for study. Similar boxes may be used to house various collections.
Leaders in Scouting should encourage parents to see that their boy has a room of his very own, decorated, furnished for a real boy, and that his ownership of things in it is recognized and carefully planned. He should be helped to earn money of his own. A budget to "manage" is fine business training for the future man. A self earned dollar is the best thrift dollar we have. Gift dollars usually rob a boy of all the following benefit, and in addition often destroy initiative and weaken the character traits of self-help and independence. Gift dollars often rob a boy of:
1. The joy of pursuit through earning processes.
2. The educational values and experience in learning the steps in production and earning.
3. The value of a dollar for buying and investment.
4. The pride of ownership-things purchased and owned from earned dollars mean more than "things" resulting from gift dollars.
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