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.
The individual program of the Lone Scout in a Lone Scout Tribe is like that outlined above. The Lone Scout effects his own achievements himself. He has periodic and rather regular contacts with his "Friend and Counselor"-but where he is a part of a Lone Scout Tribe, he has the Tribe associations in addition to those already mentioned. This means a contact with the Tribe Scoutmaster, Field Commissioner of Lone Scouting, and the other Lone Scouts of the Tribe once each month. It opens the door to between-meeting contacts with the Tribe Scoutmaster by visit, mail, radio or telephone. It also means that the Tribe Scoutmaster and the Tribe Committee constitute a group available to "help" train and encourage the individual "Friend and Counselor" to do a fine job.
The periodic Lone Scout Tribe meeting operates quite like a regular Troop meeting as described in the Scoutmaster's Handbook. The Tribe may be composed of Patrols. Perhaps they follow school bus lines, so that Patrol members may see each other enroute to and from a consolidated school.
The Tribe Patrols may consist of those who live closest to each other, so that the Patrol can perhaps meet once a month or oftener, perhaps midway between the monthly Tribe sessions. The frequency of all these rural meetings must be determined by seasons, transportation, crops and other seasonal demands. By thus adapting an elastic Scout program to fit the individual boy and neighborhood condition, opportunity comes and knocks at the very doors of homes and farms.
While the program of activities varies rather widely, yet each of these three opportunities follows the same general structure as that outlined for the Lone Scout. Each has his own projects to be done. Each has his "Friend and Counselor" and family members as leaders and consultants.
Lone Cubbing, naturally, is quite home centered and family centered in program and operation. It is therefore particularly well adapted to the rural home. Lone Exploring, on the other hand, while starting with the home as a base, reaches out to "explore" the wilderness, industrial processes, life work and new hobby lines, etc. The very nature of "exploring" starts near at hand and pushes outward. The various phases of the Explorer Program are set forth in the book "Adventuring for Senior Scouts."
Lone Rovering, for Senior Scouts 18-21, carries out a similar conception centering about life work interests and "quests" for chances for service-both personal and civic.
The pamphlet "The Guide Book of Senior Scouting" contains a general outline of the main ideas of Rovering, and therefore of Lone Rovering. Leadership service, as possible, to other rural boys through Scouting, 4-H Clubs, churches, schools and other rural agencies is a central feature of Lone Rovering.