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CONTROLLED TROOPS DEBATE (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, November 23. The anual meeting of the Dominion Council of the Boy Scouts' Association was attended by Mr. J. R. Kirk, chairman; Dr. P. G. Fen wick, Chief Commissioner; Bishop Brodie, Colonel Cresswell, Dr. F. J. Borrie, Dr. Storey Johnston, the Rev. W. H. Orbell, Archdeacon Jermyn, Major C. T. Tatum, Major B'urby, Messrs. W. H. Montgomery, J. S. Middleton, A. J. MeEldowney, G. W. Bishop, and H. G. J. Goodman. Messrs. C. D. Hardie (Christchurch) and A. F. A. Woollams (Wanganui) were elected to the council. Mr. Kirk was re-elected chairman, and Messrs. Middleton and Hardie were elected to vacancies on the executive committee. Proposed amendments to policy, organisation, and rules were referred to the Dominion executive. Dr. Fenwick said he was in favour of controlled troops of Scouts, but he was very much against the Scout movement being used to force boys into any 'particular church. Boys should be encouraged to go to church, but the Scout uniform should not be used as a pretext to get them there. He had no objection to churches organising controlled troops, but the boys would have to do Scout work. Mr. Orbell moved that the council affirm the principle of controlled troops. Ho considered the continuation of such troops important to tho success of the movement. Mr. Montgomery said he saw no advantages in controlled troops over open troops, and in his district (Christchurch) they had caused more trouble than open troops. Difficulties had_ arisen through those in control insisting on members of a troop attending church parades. He admitted that such a course was carrying the controlled troop system to extremes. Dr. Fenwick said that as long as controlled troops carried out their Scouting, religious activities might be left to those in charge of them. If they did not do Scout work they could not remain in the movement. He thought controlled troops should be permitted. The motion ,was carried, Mr. Montgomery alone dissenting. Bishop Brodie expressed appreciation of tho encouragement his church had received in establishing troops, and said he hoped to see hundreds of troops throughout New Zealand. It was decided to appeal to the Minister of Internal Affairs (the Hon. J. A.. Young) for a grant of £250 to finance the visit of a party of Scouts to Victoria for the centenary jamboree in 1934-35. J

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BOY SCOUTS, Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 126, 24 November 1933

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BOY SCOUTS Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 126, 24 November 1933

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