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SCOUTCRAFT

[By Leader.] [Report* of meetings and parades, items of interest, or questions should be addressed to “Leadercjo Y.M.C.A,, Dunedin, before 5.30 on Monday of each week.] The Green Island Troop had a very good muster last Friday evening, and some very useful work was done in the way of signalling and lashing. “ I have gone home.” Thy above words, which to the scout are associated with the scouts’ signs, has this week to convey a deeper meaning. Mr Frank Benjamin, Chief Scoutmaster of Lyttelton, and head master of the West Lyttelton School, was called home, at his residence, West Lyttelton, last Friday evening. He was 38 years of age and was the fifth son of Mr Charles Benjamin, .late of Templeton, but more recently of Lyttelton. From his youth Mr Benjamin studied for the teaching profession, and about 22 years ago ho commenced his career as a pupil teacher at the Templeton School, subsequently relieving at Lincoln, Belfast, Waimataitai, and Dunsandel Schools. Later he was appointed master of the Cienturmcl School, a post which he held for 10 years. He resigned this appointment, to become head master at West Lyttelton, a position he held until his death. .Mr Benjamin took a keen interest in athletics (he competed several times in the New Zealand sprinting championship meeting), and was a prominent member of the Canterbury College Football Club and Alerivale Football Club, having gained senior honors for the latter club. He was a great believer in fostering healthy pastimes amongst the youth of his district, and by his devotion and self-sacrifice the younger members of the school and also the Lyttelton Football Club received valuable assistance. He was president ot the Te Whaka Hockey Club, and was an officer of 61. .Saviour’s Young Men's Guild. Ho also took a. keen interest in church matters, and at the time of his death was a member of St. Saviour’s Church choir, and was on the vestry. .Mr Benjamin was a member of the Freemason fraternity, having for many years occupied the position of treasurer in the Lodge, of Unanimity, Lyttelton, It was, however, as an enthusiast in the Boy Scout movement that Mr Benjamin excelled. Thanks to his (Captain Sandies) untiring efforts the Lyttelton Troop is now one ot the strongest in New Zealand. Two years ago the Lyttelton Troop won the- King’s Standard, and Mr Benjamin became a King’s Scoutmaster. Ho accompanied the New Zealand Boy Stout Contingent to Melbourne last year, where very creditable honors were gained. At l lie Scoutmasters’ Conference, held at Melbourne, he was the mover of many motions which will bo of great value to the scout, movement in time to come. He wan very anxious for a Dominion rally to be held in Now Zealand this year. | When the Dunedin Committee decided not io hold the rally he was going to see what could be done in hi.s district, but ;! was not to be; he has not lived to see in's wish carried out. Mr Benjamin had bi eu in indifferent health for some time past, but lus interest amongst his troop j never waned, and only on Saturday monij mg last h-a cycled to Kaiapoi with the 1 lids. The news of his deatli come as a j ,-hock to all, and one and all will re--1 remise that his post will be hard to : ciii. | The Nos. 3 and 4 Troops of the Dunedin West-Central Battalion assembled at their parade hall for the usual weekly parade last Thursday evening. During til” parade many boys passed the Kim’s Came and Compass tests. The 2nd class scouts of the No. 1 Troop were given a chance to develop their powers of speech lon Friday evening. Each of about a I dozen scouts was given one minute in I which to prepare for his impromptu I speech, and then he. had to speak for 1 three minutes. The result was both ludie--1 rous and surprising. While seme of the I scouts were unable to speak for more I than half a minute, giving others cause ) for laughter, others spoke for the full I time, and gave remarkably good adi dresses. The” No. 2 Troop, which also j met on Friday evening, “put their j shoulders to the wheel,” and made good i headway with the task of either heeonv I ing, or teaching others to become, 2nd I class scouts. On .Saturday afternoon seve--1 nil members passed the cooking and tire- ’ lighting tests, so that now, with 1 four exceptions, every member has either become a second class scout, or has only ambulance or signalling to learn to pass. After the conking examinations on Saturday about two' dozen boys, with two officers, assembled at the Railway Station to give the combined band a good sendoff prior to its departure to take part in the Invercargill rally. The, .Saturday syllabus, that has for so long been suspended, will come into operation again on ! Saturday, when, if the weather permits, I a cricket match will be played between the troops of the battalion.

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SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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SCOUTCRAFT Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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