[Reports of meetings and parades, item* of interest, or questions should be addressed to "Leader" c/o Y.M.C.A., Dunedin, before 5.80 on Monday of each week.}
"Leader" wishes to congratulate, the officers and Scouts who journeyed to Invereargill on Labor Day. They did very well in gaining five first prizes, two seconds, and three thirds. There were 25 Scouts and three officers who went from Dunedin, Chief Scoutmaster Holderness being in charge, assisted by Scoutmaster MaoCullum and Assistant Scoutmaster Sow. 1 understand the lads had a very good time. They were well looked after by the Invercargill Scouts. "Tho Dunedin West-Central Battalion had the usual parades last week. For Nos. 2, 3, and 4 troops signalling and ambujraca formed the programme of ««sk. No. 1 troop, where every member is a second-class Scout, had instruction in ijiap-drawing. During the past four or five months the boys have been learning the various tests for the second class badges. The training has been severo, and has now grown somewhat monotonous, but the end of this work is in sight. Out of 108, there are 70 Pcouts who have passed for this badge, and the remainder are almost ready. Both officers and Scouts are eagerlv looking forward to the resumption of tho general syllabus, both for club-room and outdoor paTadee. Bv December the final second class examination should have been held, and then several members should be ready for proficiency and first class badges. Last Saturday a cricket match was played between Nos. 1 and 2 and Nos. 3 and 4 troops, resulting in a win for tho latter by 61 runs. Scout Tonkin, who made 15, was the highest scorer and the best bowier. Scout Latimer was a close second in the bowling averagos. The Dunedin Scouts' Bugle and Drum Band had a very enjovable trip to Invercargill. They arrived at their destination about 9.30. and were met by the Scoutmasters and Mr Lennie. The local Scouts formed a guard of honor outside the station, and tho band, hpaded bv the Tnvercargill South School Fife and Drum Band, were marched to the rotunda in the centre of the town, where they were publicly welcomed to the city by Mr C. A. Longuet, who officiated on behalf of the Mayor (unavoidably absent). C.S.M. Holderness suitab!- responded. Three ringing cheers were given by the large crowd present for the visitors, who replied with a vim, arid played the salute and a march. The lads were then marched to the Y.M.C.A. Gymnasium, where they were introduced to "their various hosts. On Sunday a brigade church parade (the first) was held at the First Presbyterian Church, where the district chaplain (the Rev. Mr Rybnrn) gave the boys a splendid address. The band led the parade, but coming back had a little difficulty in blowing owing to the high wind. Sergeant-major Whelan, K.S., led - the way with the colors, which were guarded by two N.C.O.'s. On Monday the bridge-building and hut-building competitions were carried out at Queen's Park in the morning. In the afternoon the sports were held at the same place. All Scouts met at the Post Office Square and marched to the nark, led bv the bugle band, who plaved alternately with the South School Fife and Drum Band. There was a fairly large attendance of the public, and all events were taken charge of by the district commander (Captain O'Toole), assisted by a committee , of gentlemen, thus leaving the Scoutmasters free to attend to their own troops. _ Unfortunately, from a spectator's point of view, so many Inds had entered for all events, or nearly all, that it was impossible to get off more than one event at a time; nevertheless, very little time was wasted. The Dunedin boys did .very well. They secured first in signalling, broken arm, broken collarbone, rescue from drowning, release exercises, and tug-of-war; third in broken thigh and stretcher-drill. Sergeant-bugler Good and Scout Wallace were second and third respectively in the bugling competition, and Scouts Anderson and Conway second and third in the bandsman's race, 100 yds flat. The winners of the signalling, although a little slower than some - of the teams, were particularly good and clear in their angles, a most important factor; time did not count. In tho ambulance tests both the arm and the col-lar-bone had to be gone over again, there being several ties in the first instance. The winners were particularly careful in this work, handling the patient as if tho injury were a real one. The rally unfortunately had to be cut out owing to the late honr at which the competitions were finished. In the evening all Scouts were invited to the Lyceum Pictures. The bugle band gave two or three selections during the interval, when the results of the competitions were read out. The band had a good send-off the next afternoon.
There tras a splendid muster of the Ist Roslyn Troop on Friday evening, five recruits being sworn >tt. The usual routine, work was carried through, followed by a short xov£« march. On returning to headquarters the Scouts indulged in scouting (Tames, which brought a fitting- close to the evening's work. On Saturday afternoon the troop preceded to Roye'Culley, where a very enjoyable outing was spent! Owing to the proximity of another troop sentries were posted, and a sharp look-out kept for invaders. A scouting game, in which a number of attackers had to cany despatches through a rinjr of defenders to th« Scoutmaster resmlted in a win for the attackers, who managed to set the real despatch safely to its destination" Before leaving for heme the Scouts had a "sing-sony" round the camp fire, and tho Scouts' warcry was practised. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, the troop was well jepresented at Sunday's church parade.
The Y.M.C.A. Scouts are.making steady progress under Mr Lijditwood, who succeeded Mr Tapp a% Scoutmaster about eix wwb a?>. They now number 16, and a keener lot of boys would be hard to find. Tho first two recently passed their second class test, and several others intend followinir suit very shortly. The local Scouts held a brigade church pnrads last Sunday iveninc at <he Cential Mission. The parade state was as follows:—Staff officers. 2; Roslvn Troop. 24 Scouts and 2 officers: Morningion Battalion, 30 and £ ; Dnnedin West Central Battalion, 71 and 2; St. John's Anglican Troop, 18 and 1; " Star in tho Fast" Troop, 16 and 1; Y.M.C.A. Troop, 12. Total, 171 Semite, 10 officers.
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SOOUTCRAFT, Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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