Voice of the Scout
Voice of the Scout (VOS) is an online survey program that will help guide the future of the Scouting movement through feedback from you. Just a few minutes of your time will give you the opportunity to give constructive feedback to the Heart of America Council that will improve your family's Scouting experience.
The results from these surveys will give the Heart of America Council an idea of what we can do better to support our members. Your participation is critical so please take the time to let your voice be heard.
Social Media and Youth Protection
All Scouts and leaders should abide by Scouting guidelines as outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. Protecting safety and Youth Protection should be a key focus.
Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter or YouTube be sure to review and adhere to the terms of service and existing guidelines outlined by the service. All communications on Social Media channels must be public and available for administrators to monitor at all times. "Two Deep" leadership policies should govern all online communications. Be sure that all communications takes place in a public forum. Any adult to youth email should include a "Cc" to a registered adult leader of a parent and they should be included on any message thread.
If you would like to read the BSA guidelines in detail, click here.
Boy Scout History in the Heart of America Council
Every Boy's Library
By Andy Dubill, Council Historian
In the early days of Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America organized a library commission to partner with the Grossett & Dunlap publishers to print a selection of books. The first books were published in 1913 and the series was entitled Every Boy’s Library. Year one saw twenty-five titles published and the series eventually grew to seventy-six different titles before it was discontinued.
The books were hard covered and cloth bound. The covers were 7 5/8 inches by 5 3/8 inches in size with bindings of colors ranging from grey to green or yellow. There was a first class badge emblazoned on each cover surrounded by the words “Every Boy’s Library – Boy Scout Edition.” Many of the later editions came with full color dust jackets with pictures of Scouts reading or the subject of the book on the jacket. The books sold for prices between seventy cents and a dollar per book over the time the series was on the market.
Chief Scout Executive James West stated in a 1913 message to the public that it was the purpose of the BSA to give educational value and moral worth to the Boy Scouts of America through activities out-of-doors as well as in their leisure time.
Books like The Call of the Wild, Don Strong-Patrol Leader, Ben Hur, The Last of the Mohicans and many others were of interest to the boys and would help reinforce the values of daring enterprises and adventurous good times that would help them learn and keep them entertained. The last series of Every Boy’s Library books was published in 1929.
If you have questions about Scouting history that would be good topics for future columns, email Andy Dubill.