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The book, Men of Schiff: A History of the Professional Scouters Who Built the Boy Scouts of America
Men of Schiff is now published March of 2013. I believe it will interest not only professional Scouters and their families, but also volunteer Scouters and people who have never been a part of Scouting. Their story is integral to the history of the United States. Interested? Take a sneak preview now.
The author, Win Davis, is located in Florida. Men of Schiff: A History of the Professional Scouters Who Built the Boy Scouts of America, is his first work for publication.
He is a former professional Scouter, retired attorney, retired Air Force officer and lives with his miniature schnauzer, Pepper.
An Eagle Scout, the author has been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for more than sixty years, as Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Scoutmaster, Sea Scout Skipper, Commissioner, Commodore and other positions too numerous to mention. He spent five years as a professional Scouter and attended the National Executive Institute at Schiff Scout Reservation in 1970, which gives him a unique perspective on Boy Scouting. He was fortunate enough to meet and talk with many Scouting notables and non notables. Win had the privilege of being a personal friend of William L. “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt during the last years of his long life. He has traveled and met Scouters from all around the world, professional and non professional.
I’ve known Win since 1981, he was on the staff of Troop 234 in Longwood, FL. and we met on the trip to Washington D.C. Win was the first Scoutmaster of Troop 46 and when he moved to Hawaii I took over as Scoutmaster. I have started to read the book it is fascinating.
1910 – 2010 BSA 100th anniversary – this week at Fort AP Hill the Boy Scouts are hosting their 2010 Jamboree, my buddy Win is on staff. So to honor the 100th anniversary I thought I would take you back for a little glimpse into my 15 years of Scoutmaster to Troop 46.
As I was contemplating this article I was brought back to a chance meeting some 25 years ago. I was in the Scout Office in Orlando, Florida and was waiting to meet with the Scout Executive Ron Carroll who was on the phone trying to get out of entertaining someone who was coming into town. I finally figured out that it was William Hillcourt, now unless you were in Scouting that name probably means little to nothing but this name meant much to me. Bill Hillcourt authored the Boy Scout Handbook during my time in Scouting, was a regular contributor to Boy’s Life magazine and was commonly called “Green Bar Bill” a name he took from the sign of the Patrol Leader the Green Bars. This guy was Scouting, something that I had really enjoyed growing up. I couldn’t wait to interrupt Ron to say that I could take care of the entertainment of this fellow. I might mention that at the time I was a Scoutmaster of Troop 46 in Altamonte Springs, Florida and that without a doubt could handle this task, I had the resources like Don & Caroline Owens and of course Troop 46. I mean this guy actually knew the founder of the Boy Scouts – Robert Baden Powell. Bill was an inspiration (Brass Buckle Bart) to some and a very close friend for many years until his death in 1992. The sheet below tells about his origin – coming from Denmark to the United States, a group of Troop 46 scouts sat spellbound as he talked at Don and Caroline’s home. I really appreciate all who helped with Troop 46 and if I had the space I would mention every name but you all know who you are and a BIG THANKS especially to Win Davis, Ray Bayard and all the parents. Here are a few links and here. Bill was truly the “Scoutmaster to the World”.
This takes me to my point, you never know exactly how and when your life may change. You may never expect an opportunity to knock but then it does. I have been very fortunate in my life with meeting the right people at the right time. In 1992 I got a job with Terminix and Jack Roselli taught me everything about the bug business. I met Rick Lewis with Terminix, later Rick would be instrumental in getting me my job with FMC, again a great bunch of folks. With that opportunity I had the chance to work with Paul Hardy and Frank Meek both with long and distinguished careers with Orkin. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some of the key researchers in the Pest Management industry, Dr. Brad Kard with Oklahoma State, Dr. Brian Forschler with University of Athens, Dr Paul Baker University of Arizona, Dr. Roger Gold Texas A & M, Larry Pinto and Sandra Kraft (Ocotillo) and many more far to numerous to mention, no slight intended. I also had the chance to travel and explore the side of bugs I truly enjoy, the chance to figure them out and stop them. I now have the chance to meet new an exciting people by helping them address their pest problems. So be aware that at any time someone may walk into your life – probably for the better so “Be Prepared”.