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1914 No 1 Warrant to J.X. Coutts

1st Leichhardt, 1st Mosman, 1st Woolahra and 1st Cammeray adopted the wearing of blue shirts following the acceptance of the English “Policy, Organisation and Rules” in January 1914.

The Boy Scouts Association of New South Wales Section is  incorporated in July 1914.

J.X. Coutts is appointed as scoutmaster, 1st Leichhardt and District Scoutmaster, West Sydney District.

West Sydney & St George Districts Boy Scouts in Camp Oct 4 1914
West Sydney & St George Districts Boy Scouts in Camp Oct 4 1914. Photo: JX Coutts

The younger brothers of Scouts had always been eager to join the Boy Scouts. The age for a scout in 1914 was 12 years old. An experimental pack of boys from nine to twelve years of age was formed in June. The first leader being Mr. V. Brittan.

1914 Wolf Cubs
1914 Wolf Cubs. Photo: JX Coutts

World War I was declared on 4th August and there was concern over the viability of the Boy Scout movement as many adult leaders enlisted in the Armed Forces.

Photo: JX Coutts

1st Leichhardt provided the first cyclist messengers to the military Recruiting Officers at Victoria Barracks and the Red Cross. Many boys were awarded a special “War Service Badge.”

 

Source: Records of James X Coutts, Scout Leader and District Commissioner, Leichhardt District and Records of 1st Leichhardt Scouts, from 1908 to 1938. Compiled by Allan Songberg, Regional Adviser, South Metropolitan Region.

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