The "Boy Scout" movement in Cheyenne, though very active, is not very well known in Cheyenne; in fact, some people do not know that such an organization exists. Lieut. E. Z. Steever is the father of the local "Boy Scout" movement as well as the cadet organization. He first organized a boy scout patrol in Cheyenne during March, 1915. Shortly after Lieutenant Steever left for the east and the movement was dropped, but it has been resumed again under the capable supervision of David Cook, and the work is now going on with enthusiasm.
The organization is composed of 36 members, and is divided into four patrols consisting of nine scouts each. The following are the patrols, the leaders and assistant leaders of each:
The Boy Scouts of Cheyenne are preparing for their annual summer hike and today they will go to Sloan's lake for a practice session. An invitation has been issued by the organization to the residents of Cheyenne to visit the lake any time tomorrow and watch the boys show what they can do in first aid work and signaling.
Assistant Scout Master David Cook and eight boys went to the lake last night to spend the night and get the camp ready for the other boys who will go out today. The patrol leaders who went out last night were Walter Schag, Tom Boehler, F. Marks, Earl Schoel, Robert Fincher, Francis Bon, George Gilland and George Thomas.
Walter Schag has written the following on the coming hike:
"The Boy Scouts are going to have a visitors' day at Sloan's lake today and want to have lots of visitors. Lemonade and cookies will be served to the visitors. They will be entertained by the boys who will demonstrate first aid work. They will also signal from one part of the lake to the other. If you are interested in the boys' work and have a few spare hours, go out and see them. They will be there all day.
"The boys were out collecting money from the men around town and have about ten dollars, although they will be around until the 19th, when they have their summer hike. They are going to stay ten days, or as long as the grub lasts.
"There is a contest on among the Boy Scouts. The patrol that collects the most money doesn't have to do any cooking on the hike, which will mean a lot of work."
About thirty members of the patrols of the Cheyenne Boy Scouts will go for a hike to the city dam tomorrow morning. They will be gone for about ten days.
The Scouts have been busy during the past week getting the expenses of their hike. A sort of contest was inaugurated in which the patrol getting the most money was to be relieved of the task of cooking for the rest of the Scouts. Feree Marks' patrol succeeded in getting the most money and will not have to do the required cooking. About $100 was subscribed by the various business men.
The Scouts will go to and from the dam in automobiles which will be furnished by various auto owners of the city.
The routine at the camp will include scout drills of all sorts and fishing. Sunday, June 25, will be visitors' day at the scout camp and the people of Cheyenne are cordially invited to came out to the camp to visit the scouts.
Over one hundred boys from the different grades of the public schools met at the gymnasium early last evening to organize a boy scout company for this year. About thirty-five of the boys came from the South Side school, twenty-eight from the Converse school, twenty from the Central School and the others from the two remaining schools.
The boys this year will be under the charge of George H. Gilland, scout master, who is vice-president of the Citizen's national bank, and Dave Cook, assistant scout master, who is captain of the cadet company at the high school. Superintendant Ira B. Fee of the public schools, is the scout commissioner.
Dave Cook will be assisted by Robert Fincher, in command of the scouts from Converse school, Feree Marks, in command of the scouts from Central school and also treasurer of the scout company, and Walter Shagg, in command of the scouts from Corlett school. The other troop commanders are yet to be selected.
The plans that have been laid for this year affect each troops separately as well as the company as a whole. Everything will be done on a competitive basis. Each school will meet on an assigned night and Dave Cook will be present at each meeting. The first meeting will be held tonight when East End school meets. Tomorrow night the South Side meets, Thursday night the Central school meets and Friday night the West End school meets.
After this meeting all the troops in the company will meet at the high school gymnasium to make plans for a hike the following day, Saturday. After this hike the troops will work for the time being irrespective of each other except that the work as a whole will be directed and superintended by Scout Master Gilland and Assistant Scout Master Cook. Each will take its hikes, no two companies hiking on the same day, and will receive instruction in first aid, campfire cooking, signaling, trailing, and the many other scout accomplishments.
Already the boy scouts who were organized Monday night at the high school gymnasium under the direction of Scout Master George H. Gilland, vice-president of the Citizen's National bank, Assistant Scout Master Dave Cook and Scout Commissioner Supt. Ira B. Fee, are planning for a big ten days hike in the spring.
Last year they raised about $300 for such an event and this year with an early start they hope to raise more. At present they have about $30 in the bank according to Feree Marke, treasurer for the company.
They also plan to purchase two wireless outfit in the near future and the officers of the company will teach the boys wireless telegraphy. One of the wireless outfits will be placed on Roundtop and will be stationary; the other will be portable and will be taken from place to place as the different troops take hikes. Messages will be sent and received with the outfits on each hike taken and as often as possible when it is possible from some place in Cheyenne.
After the first big hike which it is hoped can take place next Saturday, each troops, made up of all members from each of the individual school, will be instructed by the troop leaders, mentioned in the paper yesterday morning, until all of the troops have carried out the plans laid down for them by the scout masters when a company hike will be taken at which competitive matches between troops will be held.
After each company hike the work in each troop will go on as before until time for another company hike.
These methods will be used throughout the year until the time of the big hike and competitive in the later part of the school year. Prizes will be given to the winners on this competitive at a banquet that will be held, probably at the gymnasium, after the return from the field.
Today is "Bundle Day" in Cheyenne and all residents here who have anything to donate to the associated charities, which is facing the biggest problem in its history this year in helping the needy, are requested to send the things to the store room in the basement of the Industrial club used by the association or to telephone Mrs. J. M. Burner, phone 266, so that one of the boy scouts or the school children, who will help in the gathering of the contributions, may come and get the articles.
Already a great quantity for this time of the year has been sent to the store room. The things include canned goods, groceries and clothing, mostly for children. Other things are badly needed, however, and more of the same kind that have been given.
One of the most depleted departments of the store room is the men's suit department. There are a number worthy of men in the city who need suits but who are unable to buy them at retail prices, such prices being higher than ever before and salaries being the same.
There has been some criticism of the fact that the committee in charge of the associated charities' work have thought it best to sell clothing. There are a great many people, men, for instance, often with large families, making from $45 to $60 a month, who will not accept a suit of clothes or an overcoat as a charity gift but who will buy such garments from the charity store room at a low price, a dollar or so.
Hundreds of suits, overcoats and other garments are also given to the poor every year. Of course, when the garments are sold, those who are able to buy from the retail stores of the city are encouraged to do so and are never sold anything out of the associated store room stock.
The committee especially urges that all residents of the city spare them the little time that it will take to get out any old clothes or other things that will help the poor and send them to the store room.
When ever a messenger was needed at any time yesterday one of the scouts was sure to be on hand and ready for service. When not out on errands they were helping in the store room or quietly waiting the next assignment.
If everybody in Cheyenne only did his part is well as the members of the scouts, this would be the greatest year in the history of the Associated Charities.