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.
For Senior Scouts in rural territory, as for younger Scouts and Cubs-a variety of ways have been developed to bring opportunities to them in their own homes and neighborhoods without necessitating that boys emigrate to larger towns for opportunities for self-expression and service in Scouting. These plans include, for Scouts over 15 years of age:
1. Rural Sea Scout Ship.
For 9 or more older Scouts under their own leader as Skipper, and with a Ship Committee of the sponsoring institution or group.
2. Rural Sea Scout Patrol.
3. Rural Explorer Troop.
For 8 or more older Scouts under their own adult leader and with an Explorer Troop Committee of a sponsoring institution, or group of citizens in a country town.
4. Rural Explorer Patrol.
This may be a Rural Explorer Patrol of a town Scout Troop of a Lone Scout Tribe-or it may be a neighborhood Explorer Patrol of from 2 to 8 older Scouts in a village or rural community.
5. Lone Explorer.
Here the older Scout, his family and his adult "Friend and Counselor" constitute a cooperating group.
6. Rover Crew.
Scouts from 18 to 21 years of age are banded together in "Crews" with an adult leader and a Crew Committee and a sponsoring institution or group of citizens of the rural town.
7. Lone Rover.
The Lone Rover with his home group and his man "Friend and Counselor" make up a closely knit family unit.
8. Press Club.
For rural boys who are interested in journalism, there may be a District Press Club, with its District Press Club members as members of the council-wide Press Club. Scouts under 15 years of age may be admitted to membership of district or council press clubs.
9. Continue Present Relation to Tribes and Troops.
In addition to these special activities, the rural Senior Scout may continue his present Scout relationship if desired-as a Lone Scout, as a member of a Lone Scout Tribe, a Neighborhood Patrol or as a member of a rural Patrol of a town Troop.
10. Wider Leadership Service.
The Senior Scout probably will give evidence of his added years and ability by his readiness to volunteer his services for various types of rural leadership- with other rural Scout units, or with 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America, Juvenile Grange, with Church or School affairs.
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