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 "Scout Executive" Magazine (April, 1938) published the following comment by Fred C. Mills on finding the Health and Safety Chairman:
"Potentially, the Health and Safety Committee should be the answer to the prayer of many a harassed Scout Executive seeking relief from the knotty problem of Scout protection.
"A well led, well balanced committee, in its stride, can solve with ease many a seemingly complex riddle that would keep an Executive, without the sources of information at hand, running breathlessly in ever growing circles.
"When we say 'well led', we mean that the chairman should be a man who will surround himself with as excellent a group of men as the council can produce, and one who will turn over to the members of his committee the responsibility for securing and bringing in exact and usable information and not personal opinions, and then see that the information is put to use. A one-man committee has no place in this scheme; the man on such a committee may be thoroughly conscientious and well informed, and still fail utterly to do a job that is either effective at the moment or have carry-over power to project it into the future-and we must always think of the future, and beyond.
"Experience indicates that the most successful chairman is a man of proven administrative ability with a broad interest in the subjects. Specialists in health and safety practices should form the membership of the committee, but only in rare instances do they make outstanding chairmen.
"The chairman should also be a man who will thoroughly understand the relation of the basic protection necessary for Scouts on Scout activities to their education in health knowledge and safety skills, one who can see the objective values obtained by forming an Emergency Relief Corps for community service in developing mental and physical fitness and citizenship interest among Scouts.
"In some instances councils have made the error of taking a member of the Board and imposing a job on him, rather than making a search to 'find the man' best fitted to do the task. Viewed objectively, such an attempt is likely to produce only negative results. A poll may be made of the council territory, and the several men who seem most likely to be able to meet the need listed in the order of their merit. If, for any good reason, the number one choice cannot undertake the responsibility, he may be able to suggest persons to be added to the list. Anything less than a policy to 'find the man' should be disregarded as unlikely to produce the results needed.
" 'Find the man' and give him the challenging picture with its possibilities. He should be one who commands community respect, for he must be able to meet with other high grade men. He should be able to talk freely and candidly with whomever he needs to assist him, whether it be the President of the County Medical Society, the outstanding Safety authority in the Council, or the Chairman of the Red Cross Chapter.
1. EDUCATE AND THEN DO SOMETHING Z. DESTROY BREEDING PLACES
3. KEEP FILTH COVERED
4. KILL ALL WINTER FLIES
5. MAKE ALL PRIVIES FLY-PROOF
6. SCREEN PORCHES. DOORS.
AND WINDOWS 7 TRAP THE FLY-SWAT THE FLY 6 OFFER PRIZES TO CHILDREN 9 FLY KILLING BEGINS AT HOME-JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND ORGANIZE
KEEP EVERLASTINGLY AT IT
KILL THE WINTERED OVER FLY
HOW ONE FLY MULTIPLIES
LIFE CYCLE OF A FLY
YOU DONT NEED TO HAVE FLIES IN THE HOUSE
YOU MAY THINK YOU DO BUT YOU DON'T
1. SCREEN THE PORCHES AND WINDOWS 2. TRAP THE FLY BEFORE HE GETS IN 3. KEEP THE BACK YARO CLEAN 4 DESTROY THE BREEDING PLACES
A FLY IS MORE DISGRACEFUL AND DANGEROUS THAN A BEDBUG
90* OF THE FLIES BREED IN HORSE MANURE
1. DESTROY THIS BREEDING PLACE BY HAULING OUT AND SPREADING THE MANURE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
2 IRON SULPHATE WITH WATER OR LIME. WHEN SPREAD ON MANURE PILE OR IN STABLF WILL KILL FLY MAGGOTS
A FLY TRAP FOR EVERY HOME
MAKE ONE OR BUY ONE
THESE TRAPS CAN BE MADE AT HOME
THIS TRAP CAUGHT 500.000 FLIES IN ONE SEASON
HANG NEAR BACK DOOR
PINT. QUART. OR TWO QUART JARS CAN BE USED BALT
BANANA PEELING SUGAR ft VINEGAR PIECE OF MEAT ETC.
"It is not nearly as important that he be an expert on any particular phase of the program as it is that he have administrative and leadership qualities, and vision."