Willie Van Duyn's father and mother are so solicitous about him that they cannot bear to have him out of their sight or the care of his governess. Willie is a real boy, however, and has natural inclination for all kinds of sports. Mr. and Mrs. Van Duyn take their boy to the country, and while they are there, he goes down to the shore of the lake, where he sees an empty boat. He jumps in, pushes out from the shore, just as his father and mother rush down to the edge of the dock, trying to induce him to come back. He accidentally overturns it and only saves himself from being immediately drowned by clinging to its side. A company of "Boy Scouts" see the accident, and immediately give the "wig-wag" flag signal to some of the boys, who are out foraging. They go to Willie's rescue and bring him safely to shore. As soon as Willie has fully recovered, he pleads with his father to let him become a member of the "Boy Scouts." Finally Mr. Van Duyn consents. When the Van Duyn's visit the camp to...
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