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October 29, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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October 29, 1924

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A ISLANDER PAGE THREE Court of Honor sat in : at Avalon Saturday night and ~eeOnd and third boy scouts of ~roop No. 1 to l~e decorated Coveted Star Scout Badge re- their insigna. The two new are Malcolm Renton and The first scout of Ava- to have been awarded the badge was Theodore Sierks. Troop No. 1 now boasts of Scouts, a most remarkable the organization which is more than a year old, according executives. The next goal is Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scout work. and honors in scouting are through study and passing ex- in certain prescribed and explained Scoutmast- Robison. The first rank of tenderfoot, then comes sec- scout and then first-class Following this the "post grad- or merit badge work begins. For Ubject successfully completed a is awarded at a Court of Which meets in session at var- during the year. a scout has earned five merit reseives his first honor in- that of Life-Scout. When ten badges have been won, the Star insignia is awarded. To becotne Scout twenty-one merit bad- must have been attained. This i hOnorcomes to comparatively ScOUts. LaRue C. Watson gave a brief of welcome at the opening of ltlique program which was given Avalon Ship of Sea Scouts pre- the formal conclave of the of honor. An improvised stage drawing room of the Congrega- church was transformed into a realistic ship with signal mast, and deck rigged up in approved H..Benjamin Robison gave interesting talk on the "Pur- )f Sea Scouting" and its value to der sconts. Avalon, he explained, only island Sea Scout'Ship in Nine scouts fomn a Ship has received its charter from the conclusion of Skipper Robi- talk, Cox'n John Minney stood ~e bridge while the skipper gave for "seven bells." All hands On deck to wefgh anchor and a very delightful chorus. The now took the hehn and t Minney interpreted the laws of ight and whistle signals of the coast. bells struck, and first aid Was demonstrated by John Fate, C-oulding and Fred McKelvey. credit for this splendid demon- in bandage work is due to the given the boys by Dr. E. W. aey. and parts of a ship" explained by Ships-carpenter John eta came tim litting Chantey sung Sea Scouts and the hoisting of ships' sails. "One bell" and the anchor is dropped and the relieved. George Minney of the "Fate of the Ning Po" in Officer Malcolm Renton dem- the code signals with the set international code flags which was the gift to the Avalon Ship from the Catalina Island Yacht Club and other friends. Through Renton's clear dem- onstration, Avalon residents will now be able to deciper the gay flags which flutter from the masts of ships which come into the bay on a h611iday. "Two Bells" and the cook appeared on deck and the real fun began. All Avalon housewives present were seen to make notes on how to make most excellent "shim" or mulligan. A few of the ingredients to be remembered were tacks, leather, eggs, ketchup, rope etc., all stirred in to the tune of the Sea Scouts' mulligan song. This ap- propriately followed by another tune- ftfl number, "It ain't gona blow no more," with the final refrain of "How can the cook tell we ain't gona eat no more." This song for originality has the first popular version by the "re- headed music-maker," of Edison fame, backed off the map. "Three Bells" are struck and ham- mocks are piped down, "The end of a perfect day," sung by the scouts and audience. The official troop committee com- posed of David M. Renton, Heywood, McMillen and Rev. LaRue C. Watson assembled to hold the Court of Honor. Mr. Renton pinned the Life-Scout pin to the breast of his son, Scout Malcolm Renton, after which both scouts, John Shields and Malcolm Ren- ton, were decorated with their Star Scout Badges by Mr. Heywood. Merit badges were awarded as fol- lows: Malcohn Renton, first aid, ath- letics, swimming, machinery and pio- neering; John Shields, life-saving, swimming, craft in metal, automobiling, first aid and athletics; Theodore Sierks, first aid, athletics, hiking and bird study; George Minney, first aid, cooking; Arthur Goulding, swimming, life-saving; Charles Cliff, personal health. Scoutmaster Robison ntade the an- nouncement of the completion of all ~'equirements for the rank of Eagle Scout made by Scout Theodore Sierks. This gives the distinction of having an Eagle Scout in its ranks to Avalon Troop No. 1, and the honor of being the first of his troup to achieve this rank to Scout Theodore Sierks. His application will be approved at the District Court of Honor in Pasadena next Thursday. Mr. Renton introduced Mr. and Mrs. Benjantin H. Robison, parents of Seoutma,ster Robison, to the audience as the honored guests of the evening. .Mrs. Robison is often lovingly called "the mother of scouting" in the south- land. The doors of the hospitable home of the Robison's at La Cresec- enta and now the new one at Glendale, have always been flung wide for the scouts. When a camping trip is plan- ned, it is there that headqua~rters at:e mand and dinner cooked. Mrs, Robi- son can't renlember how many scouts have slept in her home or enjoyed her dinners, but, as attested by those of Avalon Troop who have enjoyed the hospitality, no scout so favored has ever forgotten. Mr. Robison, Senior, "has himself been a scoutmaster for a number of years, and, too is "daddy" to all the scouts, and even now attends all the District Honor Courts and is never happy unless surrounded by a happy group of scouts. The intimation was given by Mr. Renton that possibly Scoutmaster Robison would have to give up his Avalon post in the near future for a -higher call in scout work. \Vhile Av- alon will wish to sincerely congratu- late him on his advancentent, yet his resignation will come as a keen dis- appointment, if not dismay, to the community as well as to the scouts themselves for Mr. Robison has come to be deceply loved by a/l, and his work among the boys of Catalina can never be given full credit. What it has ment is shown in the splendid characters he has helped to build and the fine yonng men who coml)ose the Scouts of Avalon whom he has helped to develope. A new and capable scoutmaster will be found to follow up the work he has begun, but it will nevertheless be with keen regret that Mr. Robison will not be able to con- tinue it personally. He will, however, keel) in contact with the scouts through his work as an executive an in summer camp. 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