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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

CHAPTER II AMERICA

An American Boy Scout handing Sir Robert Baden-Powell a Letter of Welcome

WHEN we drew up at the quayside of New York under the towering heights of “skyscraper” buildings, it was a biting cold day, with light frozen snow powdered over everything. Such a change from the tropical heat which we had left only three days ago!

On the wharf was a smart little troop of Boy Scouts, with both American and British flags, and they escorted me to my cab after handing me a greeting from the Scouts of America.

The curious thing that struck me was the immense desire of Americans to have photographs. I don’t know how many times I had to undergo being photoed that day, but I don’t believe it was much under one hundred times!

The Boy Scouts of America

The first real parade of Scouts that I saw was at Boston, when about 1000 paraded in the Drill Hall and gave demonstrations of first-aid, signalling, Sea Scouts’ routine, and drill. The British flag was carried out before the assembled Scouts, and was given a general salute by the whole parade. In this way the American boys showed their friendship for their brother Scouts in Britain.

Then I went to Washington – the capital of the United States – and was received by the President, Mr. Taft, who spoke very kindly about the Boy Scouts. He is a great, burly man, cheery and kind- hearted, and he believes in the Scouts as manly and chivalrous fellows who will make the best of citizens when they grow up. The Scouts of Washington – and they number about five hundred- paraded before the President and the British Ambassador in America. They gave demonstrations

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