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.
One of the fine things about the Scout Program is its elasticity and adaptability to working in the many kinds of local situations, small neighborhoods and homes of rural areas. As Dr. James E. West has frequently said, "If you have a job you want done, find the right man and encourage and train him to do it." The constitution wisely provides for Field Scout Commissioners to handle special subjects or certain specialized activities as needed. The analysis of the council area almost invariably reveals that the open country and its small neighborhoods are the places where Scouting has been taken to the smallest number. Here, most remains to be done. Therefore, the appointment of Field Scout Commissioners for Neighborhood Patrols or Rural Dens and for Lone Scouts has proven most effective-"A job to be done and a man to do it."
Extension Committee, the Scout Executive may assign to a district one or more Field Commissioners to aid the Extension Committee in bringing Scouting to the boys of the small neighborhoods and the open country.
Working with the Extension Committee, such a Field Commissioner for Neighborhood Patrols, for example, can reach out and get such Patrols started in the various corners of the district where boys are located who need the opportunities of the Neighborhood Patrol, Rural Den, or of Senior Scouting.
In the same way, a Field Commissioner for Lone Scouts may be detailed to take steps, in cooperation with the District Commissioner Staff and the Extension Committee, to bring Scouting to the isolated boys, and to organize them into District Tribes, as revealed by the analysis of the council area and the Boy-Fact Survey.
Field Commissioners may be appointed for any other special promotion or type of service desired as needs and leadership needs are revealed.
One council needed a Field Commissioner for recruiting man-power, and so solved that problem. Another has used similar service for Lone Cubs and Neighborhood Patrols, Rural Dens-and so on.
Service to Troops, Tribes, Packs, Patrols, Dens and "Lone" Boys
Once these smaller Patrols and Lone Scouts have gotten started into the Scouting Program, the District Commissioner must see that these new recruits are taken into the service schedule of their nearest Neighborhood Commissioner. The Lone Scout has his "Friend and Counselor." As soon as there are several Lone Scouts in an area, they should be federated into a District Tribe and have the chance also to meet the Tribe Scoutmaster from time to time through the Tribe Program. The Lone Scout also may have possible contacts with the Neighborhood Commissioner at times other than the Tribe meeting.
THE "MYSTERIES" OF LIME DRILLING.
The Neighborhood Commissioner is in practical service, the representative of the whole district program as it comes in direct touch with the boys and their leaders and sponsors.