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Master of Arts (M.A.)
J. W. Harris
In this day and age character and citizenship are being stressed by such societies and agencies as The Boy Scouts of America, The Camp Fire Girls, The Young Men's' Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association.
In the scouting program all activities are of a voluntary process. There is an age requirement connected with the scouting program so that a youngster can look forward to the time when he will be twelve years of age and can become a scout. In the first place it is of major importance that the applicant assume it a privilege to become a scout. In the second place, when, in the course of a short ceremony inducting him into the troop, he takes the Scout Oath and repeats the Scout Law, he is made to feel that he is not merely on the threshold of things to do but of things to be. In the third place he finds that he shares with a group a code that is not so much his duty as his privilege to guard and keep.
The influencing of one's character is a complex affair. Scouting does its part in helping boys to acquire good habits of conduct.
Kincaid, Arthur C.. (1939). A survey of the Boy Scout movement in its relation to the development of character. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/984
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