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The Boy Scouts with the Motion Picture Players by Robert Shaler is a delightful and wholesome novel that captures the true spirit of adventure and camaraderie. Set in the picturesque town of Naperville, the story follows a group of Boy Scouts as they embark on a thrilling journey, crossing paths with a traveling group of actors known as the Motion Picture Players.

The author effortlessly weaves together multiple narratives, bringing each character to life with vivid descriptions and endearing personalities. From the determined and resourceful Scout leader, Mr. Nelson, to the mischievous yet lovable Scouts, Tom, Jack, and Billy, readers are introduced to a cast of characters that immediately feels like old friends.

The story revolves around the Scouts' ambitious plan to earn their Theater Merit Badge by working with the Motion Picture Players, a troupe of talented performers who bring joy and entertainment to the towns they visit. As the Scouts get involved in helping the actors set up their stage and prepare for their next show, they find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of excitement and unexpected challenges.

Shaler's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it a perfect read for both young readers and adults alike. The author's attention to detail in describing the Scouts' camping excursions, their encounters with nature, and the workings of the theater world adds depth and authenticity to the story. The Boy Scouts with the Motion Picture Players is not merely a tale of adventure but also imparts valuable life lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and the importance of pursuing one's passions.

One of the notable strengths of this book is the authenticity with which Shaler portrays the Boy Scouts program. The story reflects the core values and principles that Boy Scouts stand for, highlighting the importance of trust, integrity, and respect for nature. Shaler's respectful and accurate representation of the Scouts adds a layer of authenticity to the narrative, which will surely resonate with readers who have been or are currently involved in scouting activities.

Additionally, the camaraderie and friendship that develop between the Scouts and the Motion Picture Players offer heartwarming moments throughout the book. The interactions between the two groups serve as a beautiful reminder that cooperation and understanding can bridge gaps between people from different walks of life.

While the book captures the essence of adventure and teaches valuable life lessons, some readers may find the pacing to be a bit slow at times. Certain scenes and descriptions might have benefitted from tighter editing to maintain a more consistent rhythm. Nevertheless, this minor drawback does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, The Boy Scouts with the Motion Picture Players is a delightful and heartwarming tale that will appeal to readers of all ages. Robert Shaler masterfully combines adventure, friendship, and life lessons to create an engaging narrative that leaves a lasting impression. Whether you are a current or former Boy Scout, a lover of theater, or simply someone who enjoys a charming tale, this book will surely captivate your heart and imagination.

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CHAPTERS I. The Haunted Make Believe "Castle" II. Creating a Panic III. Taking Possession IV. Scouting at Midnight V. A Startling Surprise VI. Guests at the Camp Fire VII. Faced by a Mystery VIII. As in the Days of Chivalry IX. With the Motion Picture People X. The Assault on the "Castle" XI. Imitation and Reality XII. When Swords Clashed XIII. Well Done, Scouts! XIV. Oakvale Gets a Thrill



It was about the middle of a fall afternoon, and Friday at that, when five well grown lads, clad in faded khaki suits that proclaimed them to be Boy Scouts, dropped down upon a moss covered log near a cold spring at which they had just quenched their thirst.

The one who acted as leader, and to whom the others often deferred, answered to the name of Hugh. He was, indeed, Hugh Hardin, assistant scout master; and the others were also full fledged members of the Oakvale Boy Scout Troop of which so much has been written and told.

Those fortunate readers who are familiar with previous volumes in this series need no introduction to these lively lads.

For the benefit of others who have not up to this time made their acquaintance, it may be said that the boy next to Hugh was Alec Sands; the stout, rosy cheeked fellow with the beaming face, Billy Worth; the slender one, Arthur Cameron; and the uneasy chap "Monkey" Stallings, so nicknamed on account of his pet hobby for hanging by his toes from the cross pieces of telegraph poles, or the lofty limbs of forest trees... Continue reading book >>

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