REGULATIONS AND TESTS.
THE POSITION OF SCOUTING IN THE
PARENTS' UNION SCHOOL.
The Parents' Union School has been doing scouting since the publicationof General Baden Powell's Aids to Scouting in 1905 (before the publicationof Scouting for Boys). To a programme that offers such an unique anddelightful arrangement of work, it seems almost superfluous to add thename " Scouting," so much of scoutcraft is already included. At the sametime, most children find a deep interest in carrying out schemes of theirown, and in doing work which is not called "work," independently of thatwhich is expected of them. What family has grown up without manyattempts at clubs of some nature, and magazines, and secret societies,usually accompanied by elaborate and unscientific writings in code? Manyof these started well with a magnificent set of rules. A few too kept upwell, and were a constant occupation and source of interest.That is the kind of position that we think Scouting might take. It is to
be something for the chilren to carry on themselves as much as possible.They should choose what is to be done, and how it is to be done. It need
not replace the highly original and equally commendable societies, but Ithink many of them came to ruin because there was not enough object.Scouting gives scope for all sorts of originality, as well as providing astandard to aim at. It makes a reason too for doing a number of usefulthings, that without it might never be done. The tests for Tassel Honoursare arranged to coincide to a certain degree with the work of the P.U.School Programme.Again, it is the attitude towards the ordinary events of every-day life, the
scout's attitude, that seems to me so invaluable. Once you have acceptedthe Law as your law, a thing you should only do after thoughtful consideration, you are in honour bound to try your best, whatever you are doing.It is not that all this is a new attitude, or a new idea, but the straightforwardwording of the Law somehow offers a challenge, and you want to reply" See if I can't live up to it."And those who accept the challenge are not burdened with many rules of
conduct. They have only agreed to live a life that tries to be unselfish, andis in consequence a full and happy one. And they have the help of knowingthat they are trying in company with many others.From the Scouts' point of view as well as from many others, the Win
chester gathering of 1912 was a great event. By meeting each other at
Winchester, sixteen Patrols out of the first eighteen enrolled found out thatwe are really a corporate body of Scouts working together with one aim.By working steadily and without " crazes,"' by always carrying to a satisfactory finish whatever we undertake, by doing a little thoroughly ratherthan a lot badly, and by not giving way to the temptation that we sometimeshave to think things troublesome, we shall surely be doing something thatis worth while.
J. H. Mellis Smith.
REGULATIONS OF THE PARENTS' UNION SCHOOL SCOUTS.
I. Membership is open to all present and past members of the Parents'Union School.
There may be cases in which children who do not belong to the Schoolwish to do Scouting with a P.U.S. Patrol; these may be enrolledin the Patrol as Fellowship Members, but their names cannot berecognized at headquarters (Ambleside) and the badges must showthe distinguishing letters " F.M." (see under "Badge").
II. To become a P.U.S. Scout it is necessary(i.) To know the Scout Lawand obey it.
Though we have no formal swearing in, it is not because we overlook theserious side of a scout's duties, we think that the fact of joining issufficient guarantee of the purpose to obey the law.
(ii.) To know the composition and history of the Union Jack, and how tofly it. (iii.) To know the call and signs of your patrol, (iv.) To know aboutthe life and habits of the animal of your badge, (v.) To embroider a badge.
Children of ten years old and under may paint the badge instead ofembroidering it. No scout should continue to use the painted badgeafter the age of 12. A new embroidered one should take the placeof the old one, and the tassels can be transferred.
III. How to form a P.U.S. Patrol, (i.) Decide upon the bird or animalyou are going to take for your badge, (ii.) When you have passed theentrance tests and made the badge, send your name in for enrolment, inclosing the enrolment fee of 6d., and giving the following on a separate sheetof paper:(a) The name of the Patrol and a painted badge.(b) Colours.(c) Headquarters.(d) Name and age of members, if children.
The abovei. Know the Scout Law.II. Know the Composition and History of the Union Jack and
how to fly it.III. Know the call and signs of our Patrol.IV. Know about the life and habits of theV. Have made the badge.
(Signed) Scout Captain.
(iii.) When enrolled you will receive a certificate, stating the number ofyour Patrol and containing the regulationThat all P.U.S. Patrols send toheadquarters a short Annual Report of their work throughout the year.
All Reports must be sent in to the House of Education not earlier thanOctober ist, and not later than December ist. Troops and Patrols areasked to follow very particularly the following instructions.
Write clearly, on one side of the paper only.Arrange the heading of your report thus :Name of Patrol. NumberColours.Headquarters address.Date of enrolment as a Troop or Patrol.Name of the Company, if belonging to any.Captain.
Members (special note should be made of new members).The age should be given with each Scout's name, also the Tassel Honours
that have been gained throughout the year. Patrols that have been workingfor more than a year should give the complete list of honours gained by each*member, but those mentioned in last year's report must be enclosed inbrackets. Tassels to which stripes have been added should be included inthe list.If any Troop or Patrol has been unable to do anything at all in the way of
Scouting, the Captain is asked to send notice of the same to the House ofEducation, during October
When a Patrol numbers more than eight members, and is likely to go ongrowing it may change its name from Patrol ''' to " Troop," still retainingthe number given to it on enrolment. Whether a troop should subdivideinto patrols, is left to the Troop Captain to decide.
A Company,If several Patrols or Troops are formed in the same vicinity, they may join
together to form a Company. The Captain of the Company may also bethe Captain of one of the Troops or Patrols which compose it. A CompanyCaptain sends to headquarters the annual report of the work of the wholeCompany. A Company is known by the name of its district. When aCompany has been formed, notice of the same must be sent to headquarters.All new Patrols, belonging to a Company or not, must be enrolled directlyat headquarters.
Independent Patrol.An Independent Patrol need not be limited to two members, but where
there is more than one child, it is advisable to have a Captain. A Captainmay at all times gain Tassel Honours by doing the advanced work for PublicExaminations, as for example, St. John's First Aid Certificate, etc.
Scout Captain.The governess or other efficient person is the Scout Captain, and must
either be the judge of entrance (and other) tests herself, or ask someonemore highly qualified in the particular subject to take her place.In the case of there being only one child, the governess may wish to enter
for tests, and work on an equal footing with the pupil; she may do this, butis no longer Captain, but Leader. If there is no other person to take theplace of Captain, the Patrol is known as Independent.
ImportantIn all tests the word of the Scout Captain, or of the judge appointed by
the Captain, is final.
The Bad^e.The badge is round, radius | inch. On it is embroidered a smaller
concentric circle, radius ^ inch. Within the smaller circle is the badgeproper. In the 5 inch circular margin- are in black letters PatrolP.U.S.S.(in the lower half), and No. (in the upper half); the blank left for Patrolnumber is filled in after enrolment. The number in the upper half isassigned to members in order as they join the Patrol. In the case of Fellowship Members, the letters F.M. must follow this number. The badge neednot be worn except at scouting functions.
THE TESTS FOR TASSEL HONOURS.
The tassels, which should b altogether inch in length, show thatcertain tests have been passed, but the arrangement of the tassels is of nosignificance. The Captain or Leader must keep a careful list of the testswhich have been passed by members of the Patrol.The tassels, in silk, and of the colours of the Patrol (i.e., badge colours)
should show three grades. For example :The Peewits' coloursgreen,black and white. Plain tassel, green; bi-colour, green and black; tri-colour,green, black, and white. For certain honours, in which there is only onedegree possible (see under "Tests") the Peewits have a plain black tassel.Having obtained a plain tassel, it is only necessary to do the additional
tests to gain the stripes, and so to make it bi or tri-coloured, or first one thenthe other.No Patrol may use a plain white tassel.The tassels are added in inverted pyramid fashionist row six, 2nd row
five, etc., making in all a total of 21 tassels. Each row should be attachedto a separate flap of background colour, which is permanently fastened tothe badge itself.The 21st tassel, 3. mark of honour, is plain white, whatever the colours of
the patrol and is only awarded by consent of all other members to the scoutwho has gained twenty tassel