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 rural opportunity for Scouting in the United States includes all territory outside of cities, urban centers and the larger towns. The district organization recognizes as its major areas for rural service three types of communities, namely, country towns 2,500 population and under, unincorporated villages, roadside hamlets of 50 or less population, and the open country and its farm neighborhoods.
In addition to the above, we regard larger towns, ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 population, as "rural trade centers" in which both farm and town boys, as in smaller places, unite in their programs of Scouting. This is due to the fact that the town is usually the agricultural trade center and rural capital of considerable farm territory. Boys often attend the same school, the same church and their parents belong to the same organizations. The chief difference between the program needs of these boys of larger towns and boys who live on farms are due to the difference in "time schedules" and "life work interest of farmer boys" as against that of their city cousins. The farm boys will have to be programmed, organized and led so as to give maximum help and reinforcement to the farm and the farm family as a unit. Nothing should be done that will encourage farm boys to be dissatisfied with farming, country life and their rural home.
BOYS AND THEIR BEEF CATTLE-NORTH DAKOTA.
On the contrary, everything should be done to make farm boys proud of their fathers' and mothers' business and they should be led to feel that it is good Scouting to take their part in the rural neighborhood and on the farm in a way acceptable to their parents and rural leaders.