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.
Placed 34,194 Books and Booklets in one year. Placed Scout Handbooks in Thousands of Schools. Placed Complete Scout Libraries in Many Centers. Placed BOYS' LIFE in many rural schools.
Placed 550 Handbooks in 550 Rural Schools.- (Every
School in Council Area.) 24 Complete Scout Libraries placed in 24 centers-a total of 4,176 books and pamphlets for the year.
525 Boys take "BOYS' LIFE"-
22 Troops use Concession Offers- 100 other boys take "BOYS' LIFE".
"It helps: Secure more Scouts;
Leadership more effective;
Improves the 'Game of Scouting';
Raises morale of Scouting;
Educates parents and public. This is making available the 'tools' of Scouting for Scouts, Leaders and Public, and spells Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y."
Facts as basis for procedure Locate boys wanting Scouting Locate sponsors and institutions Locate new rural adult leaders Get BOYS' Point of View What other programs serve boys Discover objections to Scouting Learn about reading habits
FARM LAY-OUT EXHIBIT.
Survey District or County
Organize District Committee
District and Field Commissioners
Extend Scouting ("All-Coverage")
Train Leaders and Scouters
Provide District Activities and Programs
Appoint Finance Committee of District
Hold Finance Committee Meetings
Agree on District share of budget
Set time for finance drive and plan
District Finance Chairman also a Member of Council
Finance Committee Extend Service to District Work Highways Both Ways-TO and FROM
Urban boys have 45% "Free-Time" Farm boys have 35% "Free-Time"
82% of farm boys in 2,200 counties belong to no "Free-time" Organization, nor have services of any boy program during free hours
SENIOR SCOUTING Sea Scout Ships Sea Scout Patrols Rover Crews Lone Rovers Explorer Patrols Lone Explorers Press Clubs
SCOUTING Lone Scouting Lone Scout Tribes Neighborhood Patrols Rural Troops Rural Patrols of Village Troops
Alpha Phi Omega
(College) Knights of Dunamis
(Eagles) Order of the Arrow (Camp)
Lack of Understanding Misinterpret Purposes
Have never Seen Scouting operate on Rural basis Have never Heard of Rural Scouting Have been Misinformed
"Burned over" Territory by use of Wrong Methods Leadership Unsympathetic to Rural Conditions Lack of Institutional Backing Improper Direction of Service in Rural Districts Lack of Trained Rural Leaders
PART OF NATIONAL RURAL EXHIBIT-CLEVELAND.
Too far to Troop
Can't afford Scouting
Don't want boy to go to town, evenings
Can't spare time from farm chores
Winter months too severe and summer months too busy for Scouting Don't want boys to get town habits Scouting is a City Boy's program Farm boys already have more hiking than they need Don't think farm boys would like the program Insufficient time, too busy Object to militarism Can't afford Uniform Troop meets too early We have no leisure time
REPORTS RETURNED-227-IN SCHOOL 36 BOYS OF COUNTY ARE SCOUTS
6 are age 10
19 are age 11
50 are age 12
54 are age 13
50 are age 14
21 are age 15
18 are age 16
19 are age 17
126 are members of Churches 181 Want to become Scouts 151 Parents approve 107 Live on Farms 178 Names "Best Men" 156 Over 12 want Scouting 22 Under 12 want Scouting 154 are of ages 12-13-14
READING IS FAVORITE OCCUPATION FOR
FREE-TIME OF 60
ADAMS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA REPORTS RECEIVED-1548
80 Scouts in County 8 High Schools
1121 Boys desire to be 5 Intermediate Schools
Scouts 8 Grammar Schools
130 Rural schools 109 One-Room Schools
LEADING SCOUT EVENTS
Camporee Scout Street Show
Camporal Merit Badge Exposition
Scout Circus Camp-O-Rama
In order of greatest popularity
Reading Baseball Fishing Hunting
Craft Work Farm Work Work with Livestock Farm Mechanics
Because of lack of experience seldom report Camping or Hiking as their choice
Read and Study Hear and Learn See and Observe Explore through Experts Seek "Try-Out" experiences
Discover your likes, dislikes, aptitudes, emotional responses and results Visit plants, stores, offices, farms and inquire Consult men who have succeeded in their Life's Work
Total Survey Returns........... 939
Want to be Scouts.............. 727
Are now Scouts................. 156
Rural boys over 12.............. 526
Rural boys who want Scouting.. 413
Named best men................ 90%
Named father as best man....... 4
OVER FOUR MILLION
Aliens and Unknown in the UNITED STATES
RURAL CHARTS AT ANNUAL MEETING OF NATIONAL.
COUNCIL HELD IN CLEVELAND, 1938
A Square Mile in One City Has 69,000 Population
6 Cities report 45% of boys on street during "Free-Time"
3 Cities with Population over 3,000,000 Report Public Dance Hall Attendance of over 125,000 Daily
1 Out of 4 Mothers are Employed
Average Parent has 6th Grade Education
Over 25% of marriages result in Divorces or Separations-Six times more than in
17 other Nations
THE RURAL TROOP (How it differs from a Town Troop)
1. Composed of farm boys or boys from both town and farm.
2. Scoutmaster develops the program to meet both interests.
3. Farm boys may constitute one cr more Patrol of the Troop.
4. Projects for farm boys must gear into chores, Saturday and vacation farm work.
5. Town boys require more complete coverage of projects as they have more free-time.
6. The Farm Boy Patrols can schedule camps and activities, outings to fit rural boy's calendar of farm work.
7. Three meetings a month may be on a Patrol basis; one as a Troop, the latter sometimes best on a Saturday in the daytime.
8. Scoutmaster, Assistants and Troop Committee register as Scouters ($1.00 each) and receive "Scouting".
1. Is not a neighborhood group; organizes boys from many neighborhoods; man leadership as conditions permit.
3. Tribe sponsored by District Committee or special Committee-which should be representative of the neighborhoods where boys live. Committee selects Tribe Scoutmaster and assistants-all register ($1.00) and receive "Scouting" as well as "The Lone Scout" monthly.
4. Tribe meets monthly or even less often; meeting place should rotate to serve convenience of boys of many neighborhoods.
DAIRYING MERIT BADGE BOOTH.
1. Smaller numbers, from 2 to 8 boys.
2. Three fathers approve Scoutmaster, no sponsoring institution or Committee required.
3. Patrol easy to start; may meet in homes or other convenient places near-at-hand. No institutional meeting place required.
4. The Scoutmaster is registered as a Scouter ($1.00) and receives "Scouting". The fathers may also register, but are not required to do so.
1. Any boy of Scout age may become a Scout with a man "Friend and Counselor" whom he picks. Man must be
" approved by parents or teacher, and the Council.
2. The Lone Scout and his "Friend and Counselor" may unite with a District Tribe.
3. The "Friend and Counselor" is the leader. Not required to register but may do so. In latter case receives magazine "Scouting". In either case receives "The Lone Scout" monthly.
4. The "Friend and Counselor" may attend Scouter Training Courses and may become a registered Scouter at any time.