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The aim of the Boy Scouts is to supplement the various existing educational agencies, and to promote the ability of [youth] to do things for themselves and others. The method is summed up in the term Scout-craft, and is a combination of observation, deduction and handiness – or the ability to do. Scout-craft consists of First Aid, Life Saving, Tracking, Signaling, Cycling, Nature Study, Seamanship and other instruction. This is accomplished in games and team play, and is pleasure, not work, for the [youth]. The only equipment it needs is the out-of-doors, a group of youth and a leader.

Boys Life, Volume 1, page 35. March 1, 1911

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