The Organization Committee has a definite responsibility for helping groups or individuals using the Scouting Program to get started "right."

They encourage leaders to take training courses, to secure literature and familiarize themselves with helpful suggestions, and to get them to attend conferences of leaders for training and the interchange of experience. They point out to the key people the importance of the Tribe, Troop, Neighborhood Patrol, Budget Plan for handling the financing of the Scout groups.

This first "selling" group can do much to pave the way for the whole balanced program of Scouting and for the regular servicing by the Commissioners of all Scouts after they have been started.

Helping To Get The Right Leader

Once an institution or group, a neighborhood or home becomes interested in their boys having the privileges of Scout training, the District Organization and Extension Committee can help establish standards and train men for leadership.

With Boy Scouts who take Scouting on a Lone Scout basis, a boy is encouraged to select and secure his own "Friend and Counselor," in which process his own family takes part.

For the Neighborhood Patrol, here again the selection of Scoutmaster must meet parental approval. While for the Rural Troop or Tribe, the Scoutmaster is selected by the Troop or Tribe Committee. In all of these cases, the "best" man must be selected from all available men, who meet the character and citizenship requirements.

To the end that they may help get this done wisely, it is urged that all the members of the District Organization and Extension Committee familiarize themselves with the "Scouting Personnel" issued by the National Council. That book will help the Committee, parents and neighborhood group to pick their man wisely.

The following outline suggests some of the things to be considered:

To the ................................. Local Council,

Boy Scouts of America.

Recommendation that...............................

be commissoned as ...................................

of Tr. No.........of.................................

The success of a Boy Scout Troop depends so entirely upon the qualities of its leadership that it is quite necessary to make sure that the man selected as Scoutmaster comes as nearly as possible to meeting all the requirements before he starts his work.

1. HE SHOULD HAVE AN UNQUESTIONED REPUTATION FOR INTEGRITY AND CLEAN LIVING

Which members of the Troop Committee know the candidate personally and well and can vouch for his being the sort of man you can invite other men to send their boys to, as a model upon which their own characters can be molded?

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2. HE SHOULD LIKE BOYS AND BE ABLE TO WIN THEIR FRIENDSHIP

Usually, a man who likes boys has had some contacts with boys before going into Scouting. What experience has your prospect had which would indicate that he gets along well with boys?.......................................

3. HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET OTHERS TO COOPERATE WITH HIS PLANS AND IDEALS, i.e., HE MUST HAVE LEADERSHIP ABILITY

It does not pay to experiment with the Troop. Scouting can be one of the most influential forces in the lives of boys, but the boy who fails to find what he hoped for in this: Troop rarely tries another.

State what this man has done which would indicate his ability to get others to cooperate with his plans and ideals

4. HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITY

The "One Man Troop" is always on the edge of disaster. You want a man who will really build an organization, rather than one who insists on running a "One Man Show."

In what business or other organization have you observed this man and what indications have there been that he knows how to delegate?.............................

5. HE SHOULD BE DEPENDABLE FOR REGULAR ATTENDANCE AT TROOP MEETINGS

The Scout Troop will require one night a week as a minimum and requires, too, that that night be given regularly. Real success also requires additional time for outdoor work with the Troop.

What time will this man set aside definitely for the Troop? Please state not only the length of time, but the exact day of the week.................................

6. HE SHOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT JUDGMENT TO RECOGNIZE ACTIVITIES WHICH ENDANGER THE SAFETY OF HIS SCOUTS AND TO TAKE STEPS TO SAFEGUARD THEM

This requires a combination of understanding which permits the boy to get all the thrills possible with the judgment to stop short the minute actual danger to their health or safety is evident.

In what activities has this man taken part where he was responsible for the safety of boys or girls? Has he any children of his own?..................................

7. HE SHOULD BE AN OUTDOOR MAN, ENJOYING CAMPING AND OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

While not absolutely essential, since it is possible for the outdoor work to be placed in charge of an Assistant Scoutmaster, it is highly desirable that the Scoutmaster himself be the leader.

To what extent does this man follow the outdoors as a personal hobby? Or, if he is not capable, who is to have charge of the outdoor work of the Troop?...............

8. HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GAIN AND KEEP THE RESPECT OF PARENTS

Real cooperation between the Scoutmaster and the parents should be possible. Personal friendship is the best setting for such cooperation.

To what extent does the proposed Scoutmaster mingle with the parents of these boys socially or in business?

9. HE SHOULD HAVE DEFINITE BUSINESS INTERESTS

In what business is this man and to what extent would you say he was a success?.............................

10. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THE SCOUTMASTER SHOULD BE A MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTION WHICH SPONSORS THE TROOP AND IN FULL SYMPATHY WITH IT

Is your prospect a member of the sponsoring organization and is he in full sympathy with the work which it is trying to do as an institution?.........................