The question to be answered first is: How many Scout age boys have we-

In cities 100,000 or over in the area? ...........

In cities 10,000 to 100,000 in the area? ...........

In cities 5,000 to 10,000 in the area? ...........

In cities 1,000 to 5,000 in the area? ...........

In places 500 to 1,000. ...........

In places under 500 and open country............

These data can be secured from the U. S. Census volumes which are in most libraries.

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The statistical service of the National Council has analyzed each Council's 12-year-old boy population, as of the last census, and will send this analysis to any Council on request. Then, alongside this statement of how many 12-year-olds the Council has, should be set the number "reached" as Scouts, in the different classifications of places listed above.

This reveals quickly and simply the "unfinished job." Such studies have revealed that the greatest masses of "unreached" boys are in two places-the very large cities, and in the rural territory, particularly those places under 1,000 and in the open country.

For the man interested in Rural Scouting, this tells the story of what needs to be done-and that is to become "Rural-Scouting-minded" and to organize to reach the rural boys.

District (County)

Population

Cities over 10,000

Cities 5,000 to 10,000

Cities 2,500 to 5,000

Cities 1,000 to 2,500

Cities 500 to 1,000

Towns Under 500

Places under 500 and no Scouting

Open Country

Boys wanting: Scouting as Lone Scouts

May 31, 1938 Present Enrollment

Scouts

Cubs

98,861

1

0

1

1

2

25

20

134

694

124

Clay ........

26,479

0

1

0

1

3

20

16

117

112

73

Parke ......

16,561

0

0

0

2

3

23

24

111

95

36

20,448

0

0

1

0

2

24

20

132

97

16

Sullivan ....

28,133

0

1

0

3

2

12

11

197

151

45

Vermilion ...

23,238

0

1

0

1

5

11

9

129

203

0

Clark .......

17,872

0

0

0

3

1

19

15

141

79

27

Edgar ......

23,288

0

1

0

0

1

16

15

1 147

81

33

Districts or Counties Totals ..

254,880

1

4

2

11

19

150

130

I 1,108

1 1,505

360

The above shows clearly the fact that most of the boys of Scout age live in rural area under 2,500 population and emphasizes the need for an adequate District organization and how important it is to fit the Scout plan of service to boys in the way they can best take it and get maximum results from Scouting, We are indebted to Scout Executive H. R. Patton of Wabash Valley Council, B. S. A., for this analysis of the Council field and its rural extension possibilities.

Wabash Valley area council. TERRE HAUTE, IND.

Wabash Valley Area Council

Membership

1505 Scouts 2 N'b'rh'd.Patrols 708 Scouters 7 Cub Packs 86 Scout Troops 360 Cubs 55 Lone Scouts 58 Members on 1 Lone Scout Tribe Executive Board