We present this manual on Scouting for Rural Boys to both employed and volunteer leaders who are interested in extending the service of Scouting to all boys.

This manual outlines not only the methods of application of the Scouting program to boys of rural towns, villages and farm areas, but it also presents definitely the organization methods essential and necessary for accomplishing both quality and quantity Scout training in the rural field based upon the successful achievements in rural extension work during the past twelve years, since the National Council developed its Rural Scouting Service and built its program and organization plans to meet the needs of boys living in rural areas.

The manual discusses in detail the important developments of how the program may be extended and

fitted to every boy who wants to be a Boy Scout. It shows how to make the program of Scouting inclusive rather than exclusive, how to make it expansive and not restrictive. It deals with tested methods of giving boys Scouting at its best. It shows how to develop and use the District organization as one of the organized or federated parts of the Council organization, how to build an adequate Commissioner's staff so that the boys in every section of the District may be reached and served. The text deals with training courses in Rural leadership, cooperation with rural agencies, planning projects and programs with all manner of rural applications in support of local institutions, agencies and organizations.

The manual is a presentation of the best practices of Councils which have through the years made a success of the Rural Extension work and the District organization as a means of serving all boys of a District.

This "Manual on Rural Scouting" has been prepared cooperatively by Dr. H. W. Hurt and O. H. Benson, National Director of the Rural Scouting Service with the cooperation of various services and Divisions of the National Staff.

The craft sketches were prepared by Morse V. Lowerre, Jr., of the Rural Scouting Service.

The National Council has followed the guidance of well-trained rural leaders, nationally well-known men of country life and agricultural organizations in the planning and execution of its work in Rural Extension with Wheeler McMillen as chairman of the National Committee on Rural Scouting.

Scouting, these years, has stirred young men to deeper loyalty to America and to lofty living.

In our patriotic endeavor to bring these influences to rural boys everywhere, we anticipate continued cooperation, and humbly offer our services to the homes and institutions of Rural America.


Chief Scout Executive and Editor, BOYS' LIFE.