Green Bar Bill
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 13 Nov 1992 15:21:45 EST
For those of us who were Scouts in the 60's, Bill Hilcourt was SCOUTING.
Bill WROTE OUR handbook! He was the symbol of everything for scouting.
When I was just a young Cub, I first met Bill when my Dad got the Silver
Beaver. My Dad and Bill were of the same generation in scouting, and
I always kind of thought Bill was JUST another leader! He was at almost
every event I ever went to as a scout. Every Jamboree, every OA conclave
and many Camporees. I just assumed that was because HE WROTE THE BOOK!
And he was in charge of EVERYTHING, so he had to be at every event!
I didn't realize that he only lived a few hours away. I never thought
about the fact that Bill probably didn't go to every OA event in every
council! To me BILL was OUR B-P! (even though he was NOT born in the US,
I didn't know that until I was older as well)
Bill will certainly live on in the spirit of scouting for years to come.
I can already visualize Bill and B-P sitting by that campfire in the sky
drinking coffee and telling stories. Heck, maybe even my Dad is in there
too, but my Dad never did like campfire coffee! But he could tell stories
with the best of them!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City