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. Merit Badge Counselors, especially for rural subjects.
2. Nature Study Instruction-assist Scout Troops.
3. Directory of workers and units.
4. Expert cooperation of Agricultural Agent for exhibits and projects.
5. Friendly relations between Scout Executives and 4-H Club county leaders-exchange of outlines.
6. Extension agents-members of Local Councils.
7. Reciprocal equipment and market information.
1. Boy Scouts may offer camping facilities and training.
2. Cooperate in stimulating interest in 4-H Clubs.
3. Scout leaders may help 4-H Clubs in Recreational Leadership training.
4. Year-round Scout Camps available to 4-H Clubs.
5. Directory of workers and units.
6. 4-H Club leaders attend courses in Recreation, and in return allow Scout men to attend 4-H leaders courses.
7. Waterfront safety training and first aid to 4-H club members.
1. Agricultural Agent member of Executive Board or Rural Committee.
2. Forestry projects and advisors.
3. Directory of workers and units.
4. Information to Scout Executive on aims of Extension Service.
5. Camp food and menu nutrition advice.
6. Publications available.
7- 4-H Club Agent on Council of Boy Scouts of America.
In the vocational and agricultural schools, the Division of Vocational Education, U. S. Office of Education, Department of the Interior, encourages the development of Agricultural Clubs, such as the Future Farmers of America. These are found all over the United States and have a membership of. some one hundred and forty thousand. Cordial cooperative relations have existed and should be carried on by local Scout councils and their districts with the vocational schools and their agricultural leaders.
The American Legion with a membership approximating a million has served some 900,000 young people through its Sons of the American Legion, the Child Welfare Division, and its Commission on Americanism. It has sponsored increasing numbers of Scout and Cub groups and has been active in bringing Scouting to rural boys. The cooperation with Scouting begins nationally and needs to be carried on and furthered locally, on a county-wide basis. While American Legion Posts are usually town or county Posts, they have a large rural membership, the individual members of which can be interested in rural Scouting, as well as interesting the Post as a whole. Write to the Educational Service for a pamphlet on cooperation with the American Legion.
Improved roads and automobiles have widened the "social cruising radius" of the farm family, with the result that our growing villages increasingly "pull" church-goers from their adjacent rural or farm territory. However, of 64,000 open country churches in 1920, there were 52,800 operating in 1930. The open country church is an institution whose usefulness is limited only by its leadership. It should be reenforced. It can both help and be helped by Rural Scouting as the continued success of any church hinges largely upon its attention to its young people and its provision for activities for them. This is true alike of Catholic, Jewish, Latter Day Saints and Protestants.
The trade center represents a stream of natural relationships-hence its value as a center of cooperation for Scouting. The "services" centered here attract patrons, hence Scout training and help to leaders is centered there. Country stores seem to be decreasing in number. There is evidence of an increase in some sections; they now do 1/10 of the retail trade of all places under 10,000 and 3% of the total for the entire United States. These country stores are excellent places for rural posters and for leaving literature and sometimes for contacts with leaders.
The newspapers (daily and weekly) that reach rural homes and the farm journals are vehicles which every council and district should know and use. Despite the small circulation of small rural newspapers, they are of great importance and are read quite thoroughly. It is easier to get into their columns with local items. The farm homes are interested in their young people, so that articles and views interpreting Rural Scouting may accomplish much. The District Scout leaders should meet the editors and publishers of their local papers as well as those in charge of nearby radio stations in the interest of cooperation. The rural telephone also proves a useful tool.
There is an ever increasing list of agencies seeking to be of service to rural youth. A fairly complete list, of these is given here.
It is important to know who and what these are.