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Edgar M. Robinson (1867-1951) formed an organizing committee that
Edgar M. Robinson led the BSA for included his friend Ernest Thompson
just eight months, but they were Seton and several YMCA colleagues.
critical months for the movement. Robinson convinced Seton, Beard,
In early 1910, Robinson was and leaders of other organizations to
serving as senior secretary of the merge with the BSA and recruited
YMCA’s Committee on Boys’ Work. an impressive group of men to the
He’d heard of Baden-Powell’s Boy National Council, including Admiral
Scouts and knew that many local Y’s George Dewey and former President
were adopting it. When he learned Theodore Roosevelt. He also oversaw
that Boyce had incorporated the BSA, planning for the first BSA handbook
he offered his assistance. and the first BSA camp program.
Boyce handed the reins to But Robinson’s true love was the
Robinson after the May 1910 national YMCA, so he turned down the invita- the Y, where he remained until his
meeting in Chicago. The next month, tion to serve as the BSA’s first Chief retirement in 1927. He received one
Robinson opened the BSA’s first Scout Executive. Instead, he helped of the BSA’s first Silver Beaver Awards
national office, a single room next to recruit West, who began work on Jan. in 1926 and was inducted into the
his office at YMCA headquarters, and 2, 1911. Robinson then returned to YMCA Hall of Fame in 2000.
Scoutmaster’s handbook, the first 18-page report and, within a week,
Scout Fieldbook, numerous other West assigned Hillcourt to write the
books, and a Boys’ Life column that first Handbook for Patrol Leaders, which
ran from 1932 to 1965. appeared in 1927. Hillcourt estab-
Born in Denmark as Vilhelm Hans lished himself as the BSA’s leading
Bjerregaard Jensen, Hillcourt earned proponent of the patrol method; his
Danish Scouting’s highest rank, nickname stemmed from the two
Knight-Scout, in 1918 and attended green bars on the patrol leader patch.
World Scout Jamborees in 1920 In 1934, Hillcourt moved to the
and 1924. At the 1924 event, he met Schiff Scout Reservation in New
American Scouter William Wessel, Jersey, where he founded a troop to
who helped him get a job with the test his ideas. He continued to serve as
BSA in the United States in 1926. Troop 1’s Scoutmaster for 15 years.
William Hillcourt (1900-1992) A chance encounter with Chief Hillcourt retired from the BSA
Known to generations of Scouts as Scout Executive James E. West in 1965, but he returned in 1978 to
“Green Bar Bill,” William Hillcourt later that year launched Hillcourt’s write the ninth edition of the Boy
wrote three editions of The Boy career. After West asked the young Scout Handbook. He received the Silver
Scout Handbook, three patrol leader Dane what he thought of American Buffalo Award in 1980. ¿
handbooks, the first American Scouting, Hillcourt sent him an
1928 1930 1933 1934 1935
Sea Scout Paul A. Siple accompanies Cub Scouting (then known as The BSA authorizes The Order of the Arrow The 5-millionth copy of the
Commander Richard E. Byrd on an 18-month Cubbing) begins as the BSA’s development of the becomes an official Handbook for Boys (now in
voyage to Antarctica. Siple will eventually program for younger boys. Rovering program for program of the BSA. its third edition) is printed.
coin the term “wind chill.” older boys that will
eventually become the
Exploring program.
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