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The Third Handbook For Scoutmasters (written by a "Mr. William Hillcourt, Assistant to the Director of Publications"), 1938, talks about The Elements of Scouting, pg. 25:

"Character and citizenship--these are our aims. But they are not peculiar to Scouting alone. So what are the essential elements which contrast Scouting with any other program for boys?

"The answer is best provided in the words of the Chief Scout Executive, Dr. James E. West, who for more than a quarter of a century has guided the destinies of the Boy Scouts of America:

'In the majority of other programs for boys, the boy is treated as simply a member of a group. In Scouting each boy is an individual....'


1. The Boy Individual in uniform
2. Leadership Trained Volunteer in uniform
3. Activity The Scout Motto: Be Prepared
Achievement with Recognition
4. Organization Institutional
with Trained Professional Leadership
5. Scout Oath and Law Ideals of Service

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