Re: Very sad news for scouters in BSA
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 12 Nov 1992 08:57:17 CST
> Thanks for passing on the sad news. I for one would appreciate reading
> some accounts of "Green Bar Bill Stories" from persons on the net who
> had the pleasure of meeting him or benefiting from him directly. Could we
> see some stories???
> Steve Myers
> SM Troop 1
I have spent that past 24 hours in a very deep feeling of loss. Bill
Harcourt was the last person who actually had known our founder Lord
Baden-Powell and I absolutely loved listening to his recounts of their
I first met Bill in Albion Michigan at an East Central Region Hoe-Down. I
was on staff for the scouting weekend, and he was our most honored guest.
In the open field, he came sturdily across directly to me and said, "Young
lady, I see you wear the beads of a Scoutmaster. Women have no place in
scouting, nor indeed in Woodbadge, please remove them!" Of course, I did
not. But I knew who he was.
After an hour or so, we became friends, he probably never lost his position
on women in scouting, but he always knew me when we met. He had ideas on
everything, Norman Rockwell, Baden-Powell, seemed to love Lady
Baden-Powell, the Boy Scout Handbook, Boys Life! Quite a man, and for all
of his stubborness, I loved him and miss him.
Last night at our district meeting, as District Commissioner I announced
Green Bar's passing, and my D.E.'s mouth dropped. He did not know yet.
Thanks to you guys -- our people had an opportunity to send a little prayer
last night to a truly great man and a great Scout!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City