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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

Dutch Scouts

Then I went to Holland, where I saw plenty more Scouts, both at Amsterdam, Amersfoort, and The Hague, and fine, smart, clean-looking fellows they were, too.

One thing which they did especially well was throwing the lasso. They all carried light cord- lassoes on them. These came in useful for hundreds of things, like making bridges, rope-ladders, rescuing people from burning houses, and so on. But the Scouts also used them for lassoing each other, and many of them were awfully good at it.

Most of the Amsterdam Boy Scouts carry lassoes with which they are pretty handy.

The Dutch Scouts also had an excellent stretcher, which I think would be very useful for some of our ambulance patrols. With its help, one Scout alone could take an injured man to hospital. In the first place, it was flat on the ground, without any feet to it, so the Scout could roll or drag his patient on to it. Then it had two pairs of canvas flaps, which could lace across the patient’s chest and loins, with sort of pockets for his feet, so that after the patient had been fastened on to it he could, if necessary, be stood upright. This is sometimes useful in a narrow place like a tunnel or a mine or a passage. Then, with a short chain and hook to each corner, the stretcher was slung underneath a pair of wheels (a Scouts’ hand-cart would do equally well), and the Scout was able to wheel his patient away.

Belgian Scouts

Before my visit to Belgium the Scouts there did grand work in helping the soldiers who had been sent to put out some forest fires. For several days the Scouts were camped with the soldiers. They supplied a line of signalling posts, by which communication was kept up with the nearest telegraph offices. They rendered first-aid to a good number of soldiers who got slight injuries from burning or other accidents in fighting the flames. And also the Scouts did good work in keeping the soldiers supplied with water when it was most difficult to get.

When the campaign with the bush fires was over, the military commanding officer published his very sincere thanks and praise for the good work done by the Scouts. The Belgian Scouts made a very good kind of but for themselves. In the sketch below you see the framework of one hut, as well as the other all but completed by being covered with turf sods, and a wickerwork door.

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