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SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914
[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 week.]
Mornington Battalion.—The 3rd and 4th Troops h«id good musters on Tuesday night. The whole evening was devoted to signalling work, at which the members show a decided improvement. The recruits were instructed in the T.F. test work. There u.re vacancies in No. 3 Troop for two good lads. The l6t and 2nd Troops met on Friday night,. but No. 1 Troop had two or three absentees. The third patrol of Mo. 1 Troop is again in course of formation, and it, is hoped to bring this troop up to its full strength again shortly. The work comprised signalling and ambulance, the Lion patrol (No. 1 Troop) being particularly good in bandaging. The band held a* splendid muster and practice on Saturday evening; only one bugler absort. The buglers were under Leader Milward, and the drummers are receiving .special tuition under Instructor Watt. A very marked improvement is already sho^n. On Friday last week the No. 1 Troon of the Dunedin Wtst-Central Battalion held their usual parade, and a knotting competition was held. Ambulance and self measures were also given. The discipline showed a marked improvement, cud tho Scouts were allowed time for games as a reward. The No. 2 Troop put in some splendid work at night-scout-ing practice on the same evening. Tho North Dunwlin division had map-draw-ing signs and weather wisdom, and the remaining tenderfeet were examined for the second class badge. A scout's yarn brought the parade to a close. This week the chaplain of tho latter division (the Rev. Mr Pybus) is giving the members of tho whole of the battalion a lantern lecture at North Dunedin. Some two dozen Scouts have entered for various proficiency badges, and a number of boya are working up for the first class badge. The Ist Roslyn Troop met as usual on Friday evening. The muster was even better tlian that of the previous week. The route march, which has now become part of the general routine, was again successfully carried through. On returning to tho hall the troop were divided into several squads, each doing separate work, such as signalling, knotting, and physical drill. Later in the evening a mock trial was held. The "prisoner" was accused of committing a serious crime, which had rendered his victim helpless and unable to speak for himself. The judgo (Scoutmaster J. S- Hutton) acted his part very well, tho younger Scouts present being visibly impressed by the 6tern formality of the "law." However, despite the greatly magnified evidence of the prosecution, the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty, and the trial, which was not without its ludicrous side, came to a satisfactory conclusion. The troop did not parade on Saturdav.
The following are a few of the revised rules passed at a scoutmasters' meeting held some time ago. The others will appear neict week :—(1) The local headquarters shall be at the Y.M.C.A., Dunedin. (2) The District Committee shall consist of the district commander and the chief inspector (ex officio) and six other officers, one of whom is a chaplain, who shall bo elected at the annual meeting of officers called by tho district commander, and shall hold office until the next annual meeting; iind if, in the opinion of the district commander, it is desirable, and the commissioner approves, gentlemen interested in the movement may be invited to join the committee, provided the number of such gentlemen does not exceed the number of officers elected. These gentlemen shall also be elected annually. (3) The business of the district shall bo conducted by the District Committee. (4) At meetings of the committee four shall form a quorum (5) The committee shall meet at least once a month, January excepted. '6) The district secretary shall be elected annually bv members of the committee. He must himself bo a member. (7) The district secretary shall, among other things, keep the books and accounts of the district; ho shall keep a list of the .seniority of members and troops or uniUj, record the names of officers placed on the reserve list, attend to all correspondence, and furnish tfie Press with reports of any special character. (8) Any vacancies in the District Committee 'during the year may be filled by the committee. (9) All ordinary committee meetings to commence at 8 p.m. and conclude not later than 9.15 p.m. Extension of time may bo granted for 15 minutes in the rape of very important business, or to complete the business of any subject under discussion at 9.15 p.m. (10) Scoutmasters" conferences shall bo held in February, May, August, and November of each year. The subjects of each conference shall be chosen by the scoutmasters.
SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914
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