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[By Leadbb.] The annual meeting of the Dunedin Boy Scout officers was held last Monday evening in the Rata Tea Rooms. The District Commander occupied tho chnir. There was a largo attendance of officers. Coinmissions were presented to the Rev. S. Jenkin (chaplain of Dunedin West-Central No. 1) and Rev. T. A. Pybus (chaplain of Dunedin West-Central No. 4). The District Comroauder reported visiting several troops during the year, and found everything working well. Ho considered it was tha best year that the movement had experienced in Dunedin. He finished his report by paying a warm tribute to the officers, who had worked so well with him during the year, especially Mr C. J. Darracott (district secretary). Tho annual report showed that there wore now about 400 scouts on the roll, an increase of over ISO for the year. During tho year ono chief scoutmaster's commission had bean granted. iScoutmasters, 10—an increase of four. Assistant scoutmasters, 2; chaplains,' 's—an increase of 3. Two ex-scoutmasters (T. F. Christian and Hudson Stevans) had been placed on tho reserve list. The district had lost two willing workers in Chaplain . Wcodhouse and Scout Saddler. A new troop had been formed at St. John's Anglican Church, Y.M.C.A., St. Clair, North Dunedin, Maori Hill, and Star in tho East. During the time the troops wero in camp the scouts helped tho .Defence Department every clay by acting as message boys, and about 200 pairs of socks were given by them to the Expeditionary Forces. From the sale of post-cards tho sum of about £6 will be handed to tho local relief fund. We are represented at the front by Captain F. H. Statliam and Sergeants Stables and Jeffs. On Hospital Saturday the scouts turned out, and were of great benefit to tho workers on the various stalls. The election of officers • resulted as follows :—Committee—Scoutmasters Darracott, Tapp, Holdemess, Millar, Stevans, and Chaplain Cummings; editor, Despatch-bearer C. J. Darracott; auditor, Mr R. M'Gregor. The district secretary will be elected at the first meeting of the new committee.. There was an amount of £1 Cs lOil in hand, notwithstanding the heavy expenses incurred during the year. The number of badges held in Dunedin was as follows.—First class 7, second class 131, ring scouts 2, proficiency 89. Reference was mado to Corporal Boyd, of the Dunedin West-Central Battalion, who won a certificate for stopping a runaway horse. A warm tribute was paid to the Press in the course of the report, and it was stated that tho publicity given to reports furnished to the local papers had greatly assisted the work cf the officers. 'The"business concluded, the meeting took the form of a social, and a very enjoyable time, was spent. On Thursday, the 3rd inst., the Commissioner for Otago (Captain Sandle, R.N.Z.A.) and the provincial secretary inspected the Third and Fourth Troop's of the Dunedin We3t-Central Battalion at the St. 'Stephen's Church Hall. Mrs ' Sandle was also present. When the Com- ! missioner entered the parade hall he was I greeted with the Scouts' haka. Chief Scoutmaster Darracott then put the scouts through a course of physical excrcisei. Following this each other boy put his neighbor's right arm in a large arm sling, and the inspecting officer examined the work, and expressed himself as satisfied. There were about six or seven scouts, however, who tied "grannie" knots. The patrols were then told off under different instructors, and ambulance, signalling, Kim's game, compass points, and tho fireman's lift wcra dealt with by the respective patrols. Tho Commissioner had the buglers up for the purpose of getting them to blow over some of the ! calls,' and then the two troops were addressed by Captain Sandle. He complimented tho officers on the proaress that had been made during the short timo that the troops had teoh in existence, and he hoped the scouts would continue to work hard in order to become true scouts in every sense of tho word. He then made reference to the action of Corporal J Boyd in stopping a runaway horse, and ', stated that as Boyd was not on parade I for some reason or other, he would h;ir:--] i over the certificate to tho Chief Scout- ! master, whom he would request to pre- i sent it to its winner at the earliest on- j portunity. At tho conclusion of the cap- i tain's speech three cheers were riven hear- j tily for Captain .Sandle, his "wife, and Chief 'Scoutmaster Holderness. The officers of tho battalion wer? very pleased at the behaviour of th« scouts during the inspection. On'Saturday'week the members of the band met for a short practice under the new bandmaster. Mr D. Ttitchie, but not much work was done. The object of the practice was more to see what the scouts cculd <K The bandmaster is now arranging for a supply of suitable music. The quarterly church parade of tho battalion was hfM on the 6th December, at the Maori Hill Baptist Church. There were not quite 60 members on parade. Mr Parry addressed the scouts on n text from Luke 2, verses 40 and 52. The main theme of the sermon was to "be prepared," and in many ways the preacher pointed out to the bovs how they could bo truly prepared. The sermon should prove ibcneficial to all who heard it. Speaking to the Chief Scoutmaster after the service. Mr Parry said ho hoped that the scouts would visit them again on some Sunday. This week the battalion will parade on Friday evening for the purpose of taking part in a night attack. Tlw customary parades of the Dunedin West-Oentral 'Battalion wero held last week, but with this difference: all troops met on Friday cvoninz for the purpose of taking part in a night attack. This manoeuvre was successfully carried out by the SO Scouts taking part, and a very fine evening's work was put in. Neither side could claim the victory, so well did the Scouts obey their instructions. On Saturday, the 12th inst., the last parade of the year wne held, and was attended by about 60 Sccuts. 'Hie work of the afternoon comprised skirmishing practice, a despatch run (in which the despatch bearers succeeded in delivering their messauo to the chief scoutmaster), falling-in practice, and a route marVti. Good work was done by all of thofe present. This week tho battalion is hnl'ling «. bi-eolc-itp social, nn<i at* this gathering the medals won by tho Scouts who have attended most regularly and who are tho most efficient and wellbehaved will be presented. 1 Morninietou Battalion.—-The patrol challenge shield competitions have created quits a burst of enthusiasm during the last few weeks, and wached a very high pitch, when the C.S.M. was besiege.-! with applications from 6econd class Scouts to be allowed to try for various proficiency badges. The last of the patrol tefita (knot tying) was conducted by the C.S.M. last wp-k. All lads without cords were not allowed to compete. Tlie Morepork, No. 3 Troop, suffered badly in this respect, also the Kangaroo. Members also found out

that knots, like music, require a certain amount of practice, as they are easily forgotten. Two features of the competitions have been the excellent discipllno and the splendid comradeship between all patrols. The following proficiency badges were won during the week:~Amhulance; Leader Wallace, Leader Miller, Scouts Hobson and Anderson. Buglers: Leader Miller and Scout H. Whyte. Cyclists.: leader- Martin, Leader Miller, Scouts Stauaway (2). Carpenters: Leader Miller, Scouts Whyto and Smith. Horsemen: Leader Wallace, Scout Anderson. Oook: Leader Miller, Scout H. Robson. About 10 new members have been enrolled during the. past fortnight. The following are the results of the patrol competitiona, in order of merit:—Foyes, 314.75; Curlews, 286.55; Kiwi, 275.26; Morepork, 258.66; Lions, 243.17; Otters, 236.48; Kangaroo, 252 43; Wolf, 222.5; HoCM» 193.29. On Saturday over 40 mej»j«J» paraded to take part in a scouting game against the Green Island Troop, who had to dofend their headquarters against invasion. The invaders went across the hills. All went well till near the defenders' lines, where it was found that the ground was much more open than anticipated. Within 100 yards of the hall was home, marked off by flags. No Green Island Scouts were within this area, but were cunningly hidden in • gorse or manuka Gcrub. A particularly good piece of scouting was done between the S.M. _ (Green Island) and a corporal (Mornington). Needless to eay, tho S.M. won, hut the corporal showed a grand spirit, for upon handing over his scarf as a token that he was captured, said "You were too good for me." Tea was followed by a game of cricket, but stumps had to be drawn before the game was finished. The Green Island boys, both in the scouting "and cricket, wero awarded first place. On the return homo songs and bugles helped to make the journey 6«em snorter. Home was reached about 9 o'clock. On Sunday a church parade was held at the Mornintrton Baptist Church, where the Rev. F. Oklrievo held the attention of the lads by his most interesting and helpful address. On Saturday, December 5, the Y.M.C.A. Troop he'd their first camp. Ten boys were under canvas, and a most enjoyable smd instructive time was spent. During the afternoon the Mornington Scouts, under Scoutmaster Hbldemess, raided our camp, and succeeded in carrying off our flag. Tho combined troops then held a game of flair raiding, the attacking party proving the victors. On Sunday morning the lads attended divine service at the Kaikorai Presbyterian Church, and after a. quiet day in camp returned home during the evening. The weekly parade was well attended. Two new boys have- joined the troop, while ono has left. Tho attendance of the Star in the East Troop was not up to the usual standard last week, but good work was done by the lads present. Several boys have passed different subjects for the second cla«s badge. The ju>.ior boys paraded on Wednesday night. Sergeant Annison acting as their instructor when the scoutmasters are unable to be present.

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SCOUTCRAFT, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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SCOUTCRAFT Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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