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.
The Boy-Fact Survey is the best starting point in extending Scouting to rural boys and young men. While of course it may be used with any group of rural young people such as those tributary to a grange, or a rural church-yet the schools (town and rural) reach the vast majority of rural boys. In most counties, the County or District Superintendent of Schools is the person to see. If he knows Scouting intimately (and accurately) there will be little trouble in securing his approval for a Boy-Fact Survey in and through the schools of his district or county. If he does not know Scouting, time should be spent in affording him opportunities to know of it and to see it at first hand as a rural as well as urban service to all boys. Once he sees what Scouting has to offer to the rural boy, the survey can proceed in one of two ways-either he will undertake to ask the teachers of the schools to cooperate by taking the survey, or he may give a letter approving and leave to the District Scout Extension Committee the job of seeing the individual teachers and principals of the schools of the entire county.
In most states, the superintendent or principal of the city or town schools will need to be aDDroached similarly.
In addition to the rural schools, there are city schools in the council area, as well as private and parochial schools in some districts. To cover the entire eligible boy population, the survey should be brought to all the groups through all the schools, surveying one district at a time.