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SCOUTCRAFT

[By Leader.]

[Reports of meetings and parades, items of interest, or questions should be addressed to “Leader,” c/o Y.M.C.A., Dunedin, before 5.30 on Monday of each t oeeh.~\

The funeral of Scout Saddler, who was drowned in the Kaikorai Stream on Wednesday last, took place at Green Island on Saturday afternoon. About 60 Boy Scouts and officers were present from Dunedin. The drummers of the Dunedin West-Central Battalion’s band played a slow march going to the cemetery, and the ‘Last Post’ was played at the graveside. The Green Island Boy Scouts’ ambulance team, of which the deceased had been a member, acted as pall-bearere. The Rev. Mr Hamblett read the burial service, and the Rev. Mr Frost suitably addressed the scouts present on the scout motto, ‘ Be Prepared.’ The Green Island Troop have lost a true brother scout, one who would smile and whistle under all conditions, and who was always ready to help other people at all times. He was gathering wood for his parents when he met his death. He sold the lar-jest number of post-cards in the Green Island Troop for the patriotic fund. Last Thursday evening, despite the bad weather, nearly 80 members of the Dunedin West-Central Battalion assembled at the corner of Park and George streets prior to marching to the Y.M.C.A. Headed by the drum and bugle band, the lads were marched along George and Princes streets, arriving at the Y.M.C.A. Rooms just aifter 7.30 p.in. After a slight preparation the scouts gave a concert and display on a small scale to a large audience. Prior to this, those members who were not taking part in the display were allotted various duties, and the band played outside in the hope of attracting likely customers. Mr Hughes expressed his pleasure at what the boys had done, and on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. authorities thanked them for the work they had cheerfully undertaken. But the boys realise that a scout must help others at all times, and that in helping with tVie caTßival were only doing tKeir duly. On Friday evening the Nos. 1 and 2 Troops met for their weekly parade. Corporal Black passed the teste for the second class badge, and several others partially passed. On Saturday about 30 members (including the band), under the Chief Scoutmaster, journeyed to Green Island, in company with other Dunedin scouts, to attend the funeral of Scout Saddler. The band took a prominent part, and we were glad to be able to express in a practical manner the deep esteem in which we held our late brother scout. On Sunday 58 scouts and the Chief Scoutmaster attended divine worship at the Roslyn Presbyterian Church in response to a request from the Rev. W. Gray Dixon. The preacher addressed those present from the text, “And who is my neighbor?”—taken from Luke x., 29. He emphasised his- sermon with stories of incidents that had happened in the present war, and these added to the

force of his remarks. The marching and discipline of the boys gave the officer in command great pleasure. Routine work was carried out by the 3rd and 4th Mornington Troops on Tuesday night B class were started on the second class tests, and one new lad was admitted to the recruits. On Friday Nos. 1 and 2 Mornington Troops had first-class musters, No. 1 having no absentees, and in addition one old member readmitted Owing to the new lighting of the hall not being quite ready, the troops were marched to another hall, headed by the baud. The District Commander was present, and presented several badges. The ambulance, signalling, recruit, and second class test classes got to ■work, each member doing his work well. The D.C., by kindly works of advice here and there as be inspected the various classes, spurred them on to nobler efforts, arid at the close of the parade complimented all ranks on the discipline and work done. Scout H. Robson has qualified for second class, and Leader Milward for cyclist badges. Some of the members of the Mornington and Dunedin West-Central Band had a very good practice on Saturday evening, and will hold another during the week prior to their trip to Invercargill on Saturday. The members have entered for several of the events, and hope to cany off u ' few honors. Chief Scoutmaster Holdcrncss is in charge, and has issued full instructions to every lad as to what to take and' what ie expected of him. A letter from District Commander Benjamin last week states that the Lyttelton Troojis are making good headway now, the principal work being ambulance and signalling. Extra time has also been put in at Morse signalling, so that if occasion should arise the boys will be prepared to do their duty. In order to retain the King’s Standard, those in No. 1 Troop who were not King’s Scouts worked three evenings a week and Saturday afternoon in order to obtain the necessary badges. The No. 1 Troop lost three King’s Scouts by removal from the district, so of course their places had to be filled, and in addition to that three, another four passed their tests, so that the No. 1 Troop have now 23 King’s Scouts. The majority oi these 25 lads have been in the Lyttelton Troop for over four ye»aT». They are tlx© remains of fh-e troop formed by Captain Sandle in July. 1910. The lads had to pass the following test to gain their King’s Scout badge; Pathfinder, ambulance, marksman, and signalling. These four Mr Benjamin considers to be of the greatest importance, especially now at such a time in our history. Mr Benjamin has now over 90 Scouts in his troop. His parade starts at 6 o’clock with the tenderfoot class, at 7 the second class, and at 8 the seniors. A boat has now been purchased for the Sea Scouts. Altogether things look very promising 6 far as Lyttelton is coricerned. Scouts in Dunedin will be pleased to learn that Sergeant-major Jas. Parker, of the Lyttelton Troup, one of the members of the New Zealand team to visit - Melbourne, has won the senior cup at the Christchurch High School spa its, while his brother, W. Parker,.-also a sergeant in the same troop, won the «»n.

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SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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SCOUTCRAFT Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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