Baden Powell Book available
Ben Parker (bparker@HOME.INTERACCESS.COM)
Thu, 23 Sep 1993 01:30:49 -0500
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The Gilwellian Press
P.O. Box 4100
Overland Park, Kansas 66204-0100
PHONE or FAX (913) 341-1150
Dear Scouting Friend,
As a dedicated Scouter, chances are you will recognize the name William
Hillcourt. He wrote more than thirty Scouting handbooks and books on the
outdoors, and is better known among generations of Scouts and Scouters
throughout the world as "Green Bar Bill" for his articles to patrol leaders in
Boys' Life magazine.
Bill passed away last November at the age of 92. His death marked the passing
of the last member of the inner-circle of Scouting's fathers. I was Bill's
personal assistant, and now manage some of the affairs of his estate.
Shortly before his death, Bill made the decision to release a new edition of
his most famous book --BADEN-POWELL -- THE TWO LIVES OF A HERO. Since its
original publication in 1964, this book has been proclaimed throughout the
world as the definitive biography of the founder of the Boy Scout and Girl
Guide movements. Bill, a close personal friend of Lord Baden-Powell, wrote
the book with the assistance of Lady B-P, Baden-Powell's wife.
This 480-page book covers the two careers of Lord B-P: the first, as soldier
and British national hero; the second, as founder and guiding genius of the
Boy Scouts. It is an exciting story of an amazing man and the age in which he
lived and is a treasure of inspiration and relevant anecdotes. This book is
the source of scores of campfire stories and "Scoutmaster Minutes", and
belongs in the library of every Scouter and Eagle Scout.
BADEN-POWELL -- THE TWO LIVES OF A HERO has been out of print and unavailable
in the United States for several years. It is the perfect gift for anyone in
Scouting, and a splendid presentation item to any volunteer - from unit leader
to executive board member - in appreciation of their work in carrying forward
the ideas and ideals of the founder.
I have made arrangements to offer this book for especially low prices. You
can purchase a copy for yourself for just U.S.$15. Or, better still, buy
multiple copies to use as gifts and presentation items to friends and new
Eagle Scouts at even deeper discounts. All prices include shipping throughout
the United States. International orders should E-Mail for additional shipping
costs and ordering instructions.
Yes! Quantity Discounts are Available...
1-3 Books $15.00 each 10-17 Books $12.00 each
4-9 Books $13.50 each 18+ $10.00 each
Get Together with Your Friends, Troop Members or other Scouting associates and
Take Advantage of these Discount Prices!
If you would like to order this wonderful book, E-Mail me at
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please leave your name, email ID number, postal
address and telephone number. We can send you further information on this
book and an order form. Or you can order directly by mailing your order with
a check or money order to The Gilwellian Press P.O. Box 4100, Overland Park,
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton II <email@example.com>
[The following is the text that appears on the back cover of the book BADEN-
POWELL -- THE TWO LIVES OF A HERO. The book is the definitive biography of
the founder of the Scout movement, and is available now from The Gilwellian
Press. For more information write to The Gilwellian Press P.O. Box 4100
Overland Park, Kansas 66204-0100 or call (913) 341-1150.]
BADEN-POWELL -- THE TWO LIVES OF A HERO is the astonishing tale of the seventh
son of an oxford professor who lived two different life experiences -- the
first in the service of the British army, the second in service to the youth
of the world.
Readers of any age will be amused at "Stephe"'s boyhood pranks and
freewheeling spirit that gets him turned down by his father's Alma Mater as
"not quite up to Oxford form." Undaunted, he sweats out 12 days of
competitive examinations for a commission in Her Majesty's army and winds up,
out of 718 examined, second for calvary. And so Stephe, at 19, sails off for
India as Sub-Lieutenant R.S.S.B. Powell for a military career of 34 years
during which he sees adventurous service in varied parts of the British
His career culminates during the Boer War (1899-1902), when he holds the
besieged town of Mafeking, surrounded by an overwhelming enemy force for 217
days -- the longest siege, up to that time, in history -- by baffling the
Boers with a string of innovative military tricks (that will thrill any army-
minded reader). When news of the relief reaches England on May 18, 1900,
London goes on a delirious spree.
Home in England, the feted "Hero of Mafeking" (at 43 the youngest general in
the British Army), gets concerned about the youth of Britain. He decides to
use his fame to help boys grow strong into manhood. He adapts his boyhood
adventures and military skills into a scheme he calls "Scouting." In 1907, he
tests it for a week in camp with 22 boys on Brownsea Island, and brings out
his book describing his scheme, SCOUTING FOR BOYS, in 1908. Within a few
years, Scouting becomes a world movement.
In 1912, Baden-Powell sets out on a world trip. On the Atlantic part, the 54-
year-old bachelor meets Olave Soames, 22-year old debutante. Something
clicks. They marry on B-P's return. It is romance till the day they part!
They fill their lives with their three children and with travels around the
world on behalf of Scouting, Olave as World Chief Guide. [The Girl Guides
became the Girl Scouts in America.]
In 1920 B-P calls the Scouts of the world together for a "Jamboree" in London.
On the closing night the Scouts cheer him as their "Chief Scout of the World."
At a 3rd Jamboree, in England, 1929, his king, George V, confers a peerage on
B-P. He chooses the title Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. At the end of a 5th
in Holland, 1937, he bids Good-bye to his Scouts.
In 1940 the Baden-Powells retire to the Africa B-P loved, settling in Kenya.
There B-P dies on January 8th, 1941, at 83.
Yes! Please ship me ____ copies of William Hillcourt's book BADEN-POWELL --
The Two Lives of a Hero.
I have enclosed a check or money order in the amount of ______.
Please ship the books to me at:
CITY:__________________________ ST:______ ZIP:_____________
CLIP AND MAIL TO: The Gilwellian Press
P.O. Box 4100
Overland Park, Kansas 66204-0100
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City