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.
1. The Basic Philosophy of Rural Scouting.
a. To bring Scouting (and Cubbing) opportunities to rural boys where they are-no emigration from home needed. This serves the smaller groups which neighborhood conditions present. The flexible plan of program makes this possible.
c. To relate Scouting intimately to the neighborhood, farm and the farm home life, toward character building for rural leadership and neighborhood strength.
2. Distinctive ways in which Scouting (and Cubbing) are offered.
b. Neighborhood Patrols (and Cub Dens).
3. How Organize Effectively for Rural Scouting?
b. Call a meeting of the men named by boys- organize and train them.
d. Carry out plan by bringing Scouting to these rural boys.
e. Set up all required committees; provide advancement opportunities, Court of Honor, secure and train Merit Badge Counselors.
f. Build up understanding and cooperation with rural agencies and their leaders.
g. When desirable, employ one or more Assistant Scout Executives for rural field work.
4. How make contacts with Rural Boys.
a. Rural press and farm journals.
b. Rural schools-get at least one Scout in each one-room, one-teacher school. Boy-Fact Survey is best plan for reaching boys in these schools.
c. Rural Churches and Sunday Schools.
d. Get cooperation of farmer organizations - Granges, Farm Bureaus, Farmer Unions and Clubs.
e. County, State, Inter-State Fairs and their leaders will help.
f. 4-H Clubs, Future Farmer Clubs, and Juvenile Granges.
g. Direct contact with homes and parents as well as through P. T. A. and parent groups.
5. How Finance Rural Scout Work.
a. City and town centers may start work as a "Good Turn" to country boys. Later rural areas will finance their own, through the district organization and its local man-power.
b. Conduct programs and train Scouts and leaders on rural basis, reenforcing local institutions as well as farm, home and the family.
c. Show by definite service what Scouting can do for the local communities. Express the modest Scouting budgets in terms of boy values where possible, rather than as salaries.
d. Call on rural people to participate fully in the whole of council and district planning and operations.
6. How Secure and Train New Rural Leaders for Scouting.
a. Secure Boy Fact Survey information.
b. Use "Friend and Counselor" men.
c. Get leaders of farmer organizations to help.
d. Secure help of local school teachers and superintendents.
e. Get cooperation of rural and village ministers, priests, and rabbis.
f. Then select Rural Scout Planning Committee. Train each worker.
g. Let city and town leaders (trained for this job) help recruit and train rural district leaders.
7. What Rural Scout Committee Does.
a. Advise on all matters relating to Rural Scouting.
b. Work with farm organizations in developing Scouting.
c. Counsel with rural Scout leaders; encourage; reenforce; train.
d. Back up Rural Commissioners and help the Organization Committee.
e. Help in the raising of funds in rural sections.
8. How Leadership Works for Lone Scouting.
a. Field Commissioners for Lone Scouts and District and Neighborhood Commissioners.
b. Tribe Scoutmaster and Assistants for Lone Scout Tribe, of 5 or more boys.
c. "Friend and Counselor" for each Lone Scout, in or out of a Tribe.
d. A Troop Scoutmaster and his Scouts may assist nearby Lone Scouts.
e. A Troop Committee may also sponsor a Tribe.
f. Patrols under Patrol leadership should be organized within the Tribe, same as in the Troop, perhaps following school bus lines.
9. What about Meetings-Tribes, Patrols, Troops?
a. Time, place, frequency determined by farm and home needs.
b. Secure as sponsors men representing schools, churches, granges, farm bureaus and other rural agencies which have meeting places and are of Scout character.
d. Adjust meetings to seasonal and crop conditions.
e. Tribe plan may cover entire district, or part of county areas, as needed.
10. How best "sell" Scouting to rural people.
a. Should be done by one who understands farm needs and who speaks in respectful and dignified farm language.
RURAL LEADERS AT MACHINERY EXHIBIT.
b. Show how Scouting's flexible plan fits the rural conditions.
c. Show the numerous tie-ins between Scouting and the farm-requirements, Merit Badges, rural crafts, First Aid, what it means to have a "prepared" farm boy along rural highway-training rural leaders- cooperation with government agencies in flood, fire, pest control, safety, forestry and roadside beautifi-cation.
d. Demonstrate in farm homes, and before groups, things that rural people recognize as needed.
e. Use "fairs"-county, state, interstate-to exhibit and demonstrate rural phases of Scouting.
11. How and Why Sell Rural Scouting Methods of Service to Town and City?
a. Why Scouting should be taken to the country neighborhood.
b. Roads lead not alone to cities but both ways, out and in.
c. Cite how city depends on agricultural prosperity and rural contentment.
d. Show how Scouting cooperation unites town and country into one large cooperating community.
e. Explain the result of serving rural people in terms of their needs as seen and understood by them.
12. How does Rural Scouting cooperate with Agricultural Students, Future Farmer Clubs, U-H Clubs?
a. Through cooperative agreement. (See Appendix) b. Through Merit Badge and project relationships.
c. Through working together in civic services and camps.
d. Through mutual helpfulness at fairs.
e. Through cooperation in "leader training" courses.
f. Through joint meetings and programs.
A standard ten hour course, leading to a special certificate, has been prepared to serve any and all rural leaders and committeemen as well as fathers of rural boys.
This may be given in five two-hour sessions, two five-hour, ten one-hour, all day and evening, a weekend at camp-in whatever combination best fits the council or district seasonal or other local conditions.
The evening, after chores, is the most usual time for such courses, although some are given on Saturday afternoons. Plowing, planting, harvesting periods are especially busy times, but there are intervals when a crop is "laid by", the corn too high to cultivate again, etc.-those times can be utilized for the holding of training courses.
The Rural Leaders' Training Course is set up as an organized Scout group or into several groups such as Troops and Tribes and these are made up of a number of Patrols with 8 (more or less) in a Patrol. Each Patrol has its Patrol Leader. Some one who has taken a course himself and who is fitted to lead the Patrol discussions should lead the Patrol.
When the time and place have been fixed and the registrations for the course are in hand-the Course Patrol Leaders should be selected and brought together by the Scout Executive, the Chairman of the Training Committee (Council or District) or the person placed in charge of directing the course. This should be a planning and training conference to acquaint them with:
The Plan of the Course; Patrols; Topics.
How the Patrols and Scout groups are organized.
Selecting a name and call for each Patrol.
Books needed for the course.
Supplies needed for each session.
Materials and methods for farm crafts.
Leader's job to get Patrol members into discussion.
Songs and other morale devices should be used.
Keeping up attendance.
This conference should cover exactly what each of these Course Patrol Leaders is expected to do.