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. Get a written memorandum or a statement from the authorities of town or city authorizing the use of streets and vacant lots, and other desirable spots for exhibits, demonstrations, stunts and program events.
2. Get the Chamber of Commerce and Luncheon Clubs to appoint committees to cooperate with the Scouts and officials.
4. Develop out-of-doors events for vacant lots, curb and sidewalk demonstrations.
5. See that every commercial establishment or store has at least one window display of exhibits and demonstrations.
6. Arrange for a pageant or circus parade for the evening.
7. As far as possible, use older boys, under the direction of leaders, for officers to direct the traffic.
8. Publicity and promotion work must be carried on for several months in advance of the "show" with the rural press, rural papers, schools, churches, street posters, and Scout meetings. Be sure to include Saturday evening in the event.
Here are some of the things that will be popular at such a show:
1. Merit Badge exhibits for window displays and demonstrations.
2. Rope craft on vacant lots.
3. Farm mechanics demonstrations, using farm machinery.
4. Rodeo show with horses, ropes and bull-whips in vacant lot.
5. Vacant store building for general exhibits.
6. Camp layout and demonstrations including activities.
7. Out-of-door cooking reservation and equipment.
In this way you can exhibit anything from poodles to buffaloes, if the Scouts have them and wish to exhibit them.
Lone Scout Demonstrations in Schools
In starting Scouting in a rural district, an initial goal is to get at least one Lone Scout in each rural school. As soon as he gets "started" and becomes familiar with his Scout activities, he may be deputized by the teacher to demonstrate certain Scouting things to the school.
He can demonstrate the Scout Sign and explain the Scout Oath, telling why the Scouts take the Oath. Later, as desired, he may explain the twelve points of the Scout Law. The next week, he may show the respects due to "The Flag" and lead in the practice of those usages. The uses of rope and the various Scout rope knots. Later with the cooperation of the teacher, some elementary first-aid may be demonstrated, such as stopping bleeding from an artery or vein; treating an open wound or sore; dealing with fainting. Also the fireman's drag and the use of the fireman's lift; coping with a smoke and gas filled room. What to do before the doctor comes in poisoning, snake bites, dog or animal bites, broken bones, dislocations, sprains and strains. How to fight fires, how to realize safety at home, on the road, on school grounds, on the farm, around machinery or farm animals. These have a very wide and a very real use to all the pupils (and homes) of the school.
This demonstration idea can carry right on through the whole range of the Scout program. One result will probably be some more new Scouts and very soon then a Patrol, a Tribe or a Troop may result.
In this connection the Boy Scouts of America has developed special offers and combinations and discounts whereby the highly valuable technical books on Scouting may be owned by the little (or big) rural school for the use of its own pupils.
These Merit Badge pamphlets, for example, have been produced on a "carrying cost" basis, so the list prices are low. Special combination prices even below these are available for schools and libraries. Ask you council Scout Executive to give you the information. Many County Superintendents have already placed the Scout Handbook for Boys in each rural school in their county.