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.
When the Lone Scout has secured his "Friend and Counselor" and has registered as a Scout and has the use of his own Scout Handbook, then he is ready to push forward "on his own." For advice, he has his "Friend and Counselor" and his own family, Tribe Scoutmaster and Lone Scout Field Commissioner. He also has the direct by mail help of letters and the Lone Scout Paper.
His Scout Handbook contains, in the order needed, the ideas and ideals of the Scout and outlines the first projects he must do to qualify as a Tenderfoot Scout. These include:
1. Getting the meaning of being a Scout, getting the idea of being "Prepared" and ready to do "Good Turns." The Lone Scout should read the early chapters of his Handbook (the first 50 pages) carefully and thoughtfully and then discuss the inner meaning with his father and family, as well as with his "Friend and Counselor." It is urged that the boy and his "Friend and Counselor" go over these fundamentals together-probably page by page-so that the boy may get the meaning of fine citizenship and his relation to it. This job the "Friend and Counselor" should do without fail-it is one of the most vital ones in the whole relationship with the boy! He may, or the boy may, suggest that the boy, following this conference, prepare in his own words a summary or statement of what these Scout ideals mean and how to use them. This suggested summary is not an essay, but it is an effort to get the boy to look about him and find places to apply the spirit of Scouting in everyday affairs-for, as Dr. James E. West, our Chief Scout Executive, has pointed out, "We know a true Scout by his fruits."
2. As a young American citizen, the boy will reach out to understand the history and meaning of The Flag of The United States of America. He will secure one-even though a small one-for his own room. He will learn how to hang it and how not to hang it. He will practice the respects each true American extends to it. He may find in the farm wood lot, or around the barn, a long pole for a flag pole. At the top he should fasten very securely a small pulley, with a clothesline or small strong rope to run "The Flag" up and down. He will tamp in rocks or stones about the base of the pole, or may set it in concrete, if desired. Here he may fly "his Flag" to remind those who pass along his road that here lives someone to whom America has a deeper meaning than "privilege."
3. As a farm boy, ropes, splices and knots will interest him keenly, as they are in constant use around the farm and home. The various knots, hitches, ties, the girth and rope halters, the barrel hitch may be useful in handling the barrel of salt or the oil drum, the miller's knot-all these he knows or quickly masters. With these three items-the meaning of Scouting, the use of the Flag, and the basic use of rope and knots-the boy is ready to mount his first round in the ladder of Scout progress-to show his "Friend and Counselor" that he has met the requirements for the Tenderfoot Rank, with its badge and Scout Uniform, to which he now becomes eligible. Following the Tenderfoot, the Lone Scout goes forward with his "tests" for Second Class Scout, just as any other Scout would in city or town. Here he encounters elementary first aid, which is so important about the farm; Indian sign language; simple distance signaling, which, if Dad and Mother learn, will enable them to signal across the farm; tracking, which may help trail the hungry weasel or rat which visits the chicken house; "Scout's Pace" or "How to Lay Out a Field"; safe and effective use of knife and hatchet; simple outdoor fire building and cooking in the open; making a thrift deposit or raising a garden, pen of chickens or farm animal; how to use a compass; knowledge of the rules of safety (see Chapter XX (The District Health And Safety Committee) for rural applications); and living the Oath and Law. Similarly the "First Class" requirements, as set forth in the Handbook, also "tie in" directly with farm life and interests.
The Lone Scout "Friend and Counselor" serves the Lone Scout by passing on and certifying to his completion of "tests" or achievements for advancement in rank. This of course is done under the authority of the District Advancement Committee and the District Court of Honor, which the "Friend and Counselor" represents.
The Scout Executive of the Cherokee Council, Reidsville, N. C, reports for the Saxapahaw Tribe of Lone Scouts, Henry J. Overman, Liberty, N. C, is the Tribe Scoutmaster.
The pictures show some of the projects and activities of this Tribe undertaken in its first four-year period. It is a farm boy group; the nearest town is 15 miles away from the center. An excellent record has been made in advancement, in civic service and in re-registration. The Tribe conducts its own Tribe Scout Camp at a very low cost per Scout. They have assisted and conducted various public programs and entertainments in their district.
The Tribe has developed and executed special programs for the school in Scout ceremonies, games, demonstrations, first-aid training, signalling, rope work, fire-by-friction, fire by flint and steel. The Tribe has an organized novelty band in which they use washboard instruments, tin pans, kitchen utensils and a home-made improvised harp. In addition to this musical organization, the Tribe has a male quartet of Scouts. The Tribe has developed and uses several types of investiture ceremonials. Any live rural district can do this. All should!
LONE SCOUTS IN NORTH CAROLINA.