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{By Leader.]

[Reports of meetings and parotic*, items of interest, or question* .-houlil be addressed to " Lender," r./a Y.M.C.A., Duncdin, before 5.30 on Monduy of each wee/;.]

Congratulation:-- to Captain Sandle, R.N.Z.A.. Commissioner for Otago. whose marriage took place at ('hristehiuvh on Wednesday. The Wiiitati Scouts still continue to do sonic goixl work under Scoutmaster Wilkinson. Although small in numbers, all are very keen to get oti. The work they have ' been engaged in during the past few months has been signalling, ambulance, and knotting. Tho Green • Island troop held their parade last Friday evening. The attendance was very good. The \vork of the evening included signalling. physical exercises, ambulance, scout law. and compass reading. Tin- banner was handed over to Sergeant-major S. I{. Crimp to hold tor one month. Each member of the team will in turn have possession of the banner tor a month. The half-yearly competition will be'held some time during this month. For this term the c-t.inp.'tilioii will W- in pioneer work. Several uf the lads are very anxious to gain 'first place and have the honor of having their name engraved on the shield. The weekly parade of the Star in the Kast troop was very well attended. The lads are still keen, anil work well. Saturday afternoon was spent at .-unking, each boy bringing what he wished to cook. They should soon have some qualified cooks in their troop. The evening parades are taken up with preparing for the second class badge. The tests start next week. The colors of the troop have been (hanged to red and black, as it was found that blue and white were alreadv in the field.

The Ist Roslyu troop had a total of 35 Scouts and two odicers on parade on Friday evening, the best for some time. The recruits wero instructed in semaphore signalling and the rudiments of scouteraft. while the remainder of the troop turned their attention to physical drill. A game which has lately become very popular with the Scouts was played. Tiie winner has not- only to be familiar with the words of command, but also to be able to think and to act instantly. The game is as follows : —The Scouts are arranged in column of fours or twos —whichever is the more convenient—ami the Scoutmaster gives an order, such as "quick march." If the order is prefixed by the words "Simon says" then it has to bo carried out. but if no "Simon says" is attached to the order it. must he ignored. Any Seoul- who fails to do so has to fall out. and the game proceeds until only one Scout is .left. On Saturday the troop proceeded to Roy's Cully. where a lino afternoon's work was done. A number of recruits were duly initiated into the mysteries of Scout cookery, the more advanced Scouts receiving instruction in pioneering. I>y way of -change tho home route, was via Wakari and Kaikorai. Now that the warm summer weather is at hand, this tioop is expecting a fair addition to its membership. A number of Scouts have recently been promoted. By general vote Lender L. Beath has been raised to the rank of sergeant.

The Dunedin West-Central battalion had good musters at all parades last week. Several boys passed the final tests for the second class badge, and Leader Divers and Corporal Shackcll each passed for the cyclist's badge. On Saturday some 60 icembei-s took part in the scouting game, of "flag laiding." and good work was done. The attacking troops won the day. This week the syllabus will be resumed for those who are second class Scouts, and the Chief Scoutmaster is arranging for several special parades between now and the Christmas and NewYear vacation. Kveiy member who is well disciplined can look forward to a good time. There are now only about. 20 Scoiits who have not passed tit* second class badge.

.The Y.M.C.A. troop held their usual meeting on Saturday morning at the Y.M.C.A. rooms. Leader Hay and Bugler Dickinson passed the signalling tost tor their second class badge. The recruits are all working hard, and intend passing the tenderfoot test at the next meeting. One of our lads had the misfortune to put his kneecap out while at school, but having received instruction in first aid he was able to attend to his knee himself. When tho doctor appeared ho could only pronounce that everything possible had been done by the lad himself. This is only one example of " being prepared.'' Physical exercises and ambulance work were carried out by all Mornington troops last week. Musters wero good, new members are still coming forward, and the penny savings bank is doing good business. The band had an excellent practice on Saturday, there being a full attendance. Mr Story, who has been instructing for some months past has found it necessary to withdraw, much to the regret of officers and members. The C.S.M. hopes to obtain the services of another gentleman this week. A ehurch parade was held on Sunday morning at St. Mary's, the members of St. John's I', of E. troop also being present.

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SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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SCOUTCRAFT Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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