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SCOUT CRAFT

[By Leadeb.J [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.—An excellent evening's work was put in by Nos. 3 and 4 Troops last Tuesday. The first part of tho evening vas devoted to semaphore signalling, sending, reading, and questions on station work. Tho recruits were next instructed by the A S.M. in knots, etc. ; the remainder, divided into eets of four; were put through first aid work, which they canied out in a most satisfactory manner. The disciplino was of such a high stecdard that there was practically no sound at all. Tug-of-war competitions and physical exercises brought the evening's parade to a close. On Friday evening the Nos. 1 and 2 Troops were vnablo to use their hall. Fortunately the night was a perfect one, and all work was done in the open. Major Wolstemholmo inspected the two troops in signalling and physical exercises for the patrol challenge shield, at th* close of which be expressed his pleasure at the work done and of being with tho lads. The members answered with three ringing cheers. Th© C.S.M. held a very minute inspection in rceard to uniforms, amd was well pleased with the discipline. On Saturday an outing was held on the Kills, during which some really good scouting piactice was put in. 'lAvo members passed their tenderfoot tests and were sworn in, and Scouts H. Whyte and S. Hobbs qualified for their second class badge. A full band practice was held in the evening. On Thursdav of Inst week the four troops of the Dunedin West-Central Battalion assembled at the St. Stephen's Church Hall for the purpose of attending an illustrated

lecture given by the Rev. Mr Pybus. Th. l Scouts wore present in larg*\iumbers, and an exceedingly happy and enjoyable time was spent. A large number of slides ver • shown by the lecturer—probably over a hundred—and for the most part they depicted scenes in England and Scotland. The Rev. Mr Pybus first of all took his hearers on an imaginary voyage to the Homeland, travelling via Malta and Gibraltar. On arrival in England tho Scouts were takei in imagination to the various cities, and were shown the old castles and the numerous military depots. Then followed views of Scotland, all of whirh were of interest to the Boy Scouts present. During the course of the evening several prominent officers in the British Army were shown, and all received a flattering reception, especially Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Other prominent gentlemen were thrown on the screen, and hearty applause greeted all except the Kaieer, who was literally hooted off tho screen, much to the amusement of lecturer and officers alike. Tho evening's entertainment concluded with tho singing of tho National Anthem and the parsing of a hearty vote of thanks to Mi Pybus. The behaviour of the boys was exemplary. No parade was held on Saturday, but this Saturday the Scouts wii; assist the Hospital authorities with their annual collection. During the past week seven boys passed for the naturalist's badge, one for the gardener's badge, oik for the carpenter's, and three for thi_musician's badge. This week the Nos. ? and 4 Troops aro also visiting ill* Y.M.C.A. at tho invitation of the author ities of that body. On Saturday of this week an extra specif brigade parade will be hold. Troops rr< to fall in not later than 2 p.m. sharp oui side the Y.M.C.A. building. This para ■'<> has been called in order that the Boy. Scouts of tho City may comply with the re quest of the Hospital Saturday authorities and take part in the procession. Ofli cers should endeavor to have as large a number of Scouts present 3s possible.

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SCOUT CRAFT, Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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SCOUT CRAFT Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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