THE BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION
116 VICTORIA STREET
I am glad to welcome you as a helper in
this Brotherhood of the Scouts, and I very cordially wish you
success - and happiness, in the work that you have taken up.
You will meet with hindrances and
disappointments as you go along, but if you act up to our motto you
will 'Be Prepared' for these, you will see them in their proper
perspective, and thus, instead of being disheartened, you will
attack them with a cheery determination to pull through.
Tackle your job with a smile, as a sporting adventure, and you will
Our work would not have half the
fascination that it has if it all went smoothly, nor would the
ultimate satisfaction of winning be half as great. The
knowledge that you have succeeded in directing a number of young
souls into the right path, in spite of initial difficulties, will
eventually be to you a big reward.
You will find in the Movement a spirit
of Brotherhood, without regard to social standing, to which I hope
you will respond. The personal touch is so helpful to all.
Commencing it between you and myself, as
I wish to do with this letter, I shall try to maintain it month by
month through the columns of the Headquarters Gazette: I only
hope that you on your part may be inclined to respond by reading
that medium month by month in return - for I believe that you will
there find much that will be helpful to you and that will smooth
away many of the obstacles which might arise to threaten your
At any rate you would learn the reasons
which have prompted many otherwise incomprehensible measures.
Remember, too, that your Commissioner
represents me on the spot: he is a friend and advisor for you
to turn to in any difficulty or doubt.
Bear in mind at all times that our whole
aim is to put Character and Health into the boys -
strength of mind and body: that in doing so we should make the steps
of training attractive from the boys' point of view, and that we
should teach them more by personal example than by precept how to
subordinate their own individual likes in the greater aim of the
whole - in a word - how to 'play the game' and to play in their
place, not for their own glory but in order that their side may win.
God speed you in your work.
Yours very truly