2017 Hillcourt Scholarship recipients announced

The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Hillcourt Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to youth Arrowmen (16-20) committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the OA’s staff for a national jamboree.

Upon learning about the unique group of Hillcourt Scholarship recipients, Mack Zewalk, lead adviser for Operation Arrow affirmed, “We could not be prouder of the young Arrowmen selected for this scholarship. The selection committee received an impressive group of applications and I am incredibly impressed by this excellent class of recipients. I look forward to joining with them and hundreds of our fellow Arrowmen as we cheerfully serve our fellow Scouts and Scouters from all over the country and world at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.” 

The following Arrowmen have been selected for this scholarship: 

Pedro Baylon
Saint Cloud, FL
Central Florida Council
Tipisa Lodge
Sebastian Bodkin
Niagara Falls, NY
Greater Niagara Frontier Council
Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge
Addison Broom
Goodwater, AL
Tukabatchee Area Council
Alibamu Lodge
Seth Greiling
Chesapeake, VA
Tidewater Council
Blue Heron Lodge
Ryan Hansen
Fergus Falls, MN
Northern Lights Council
Pa-Hin Lodge
Thomas Hauser
Monroe, NC
Central North Carolina Council
Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge
Colin Howard
Albuquerque, NM
Great Southwest Council
Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge
Chris Iverson
West Long Branch, NJ
Monmouth Council
Na Tsi Hi Lodge
Cory Johnson
Wauseon, OH
Black Swamp Area Council
Mawat Woakus Lodge
Kyle David Kipple
Jacksonville, FL
North Florida Council
Echockotee Lodge
Ethan Alexander Mooney
Zelienople, PA
Moraine Trails Council
Kuskitannee Lodge
Bryton Moore
Everett, WA
Mount Baker Council
Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge
Kaden Rickett
Fort Collins, CO
Longs Peak Council
Kola Lodge
Kyle Silligman
Vernalis, CA
Greater Yosemite Council
Toloma Lodge
Joshua Squirrell
Orrville, OH
Buckeye Council
Sipp-O Lodge
Grant Sullivan
Salisbury, MD
Del-Mar-Va Council
Nentego Lodge
Jared Sullivan
Salisbury, MD
Del-Mar-Va Council
Nentego Lodge
Michael Joseph Valenti
Lutz, FL
Greater Tampa Bay Area
Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge
John Alexander Warren
Lynchburg, VA
Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Tutelo Lodge
Thomas Driscoll
Zephyrhills, FL
Greater Tampa Bay Area
Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge


The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is the literary and financial executor of the estate of William Hillcourt (1900-1992), one of the world’s most widely known and respected Scouters and a member of the national BSA staff from 1926 to 1965. A Scout since 1910, Bill was a protege of Robert Baden-Powell and Scouting’s most prolific author, having written hundreds of articles for Boys’ Life and Scouting magazine, three editions of the Boy Scout Handbook, the first editions of the Handbook for Patrol Leaders and the Scout Fieldbook, and the best-selling biography of Scouting’s founder, Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero. He was America’s first Wood Badge Scoutmaster, and spent his retirement years traveling the globe to train leaders, for which he was recognized as “Scoutmaster to the World.” He was recognized with the Silver Buffalo and Bronze Wolf Awards. He was a Vigil Honor member of Unami Lodge (Paragraph adapted from “Hillcourt Jamboree Staff Scholarships Awarded,” 2013). 


So too, these Arrowmen selected “have demonstrated a dedication to their communities through work with their local Scouting programs,” remarked 2017 National Chief Forrest Gertin. “We are excited to have them join the Operation Arrow team, and deepen their commitment to unselfish service.” 

Please join us in congratulating the Hillcourt Scholarship recipients. We look forward to fueling Scouting’s adventure with them this summer!

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