The National Eagle Scout Association magazine Eagle Call, was kind enough to print this review in their Winter, 2013, issue.

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  • Michael W. Michelsen, Jr. (Friday, August 16 13 08:17 pm EDT)

    Congratulations on your excellent book. I'm honored to say that I spent several months in the late 70s at Schiff for professional training. In fact, I was in one of the last training courses at
    Schiff. Wonderful memories.

  • Glenn Graczyk (Wednesday, August 14 13 05:03 pm EDT)

    I just finished reading this wonderful book! Although I was familiar with the classic personalities like Baden, West, Seton, ect., I learned a lot more detail of who they really were.
    I recommend this book to anyone with just a little more interest in scouting than just showing up to the regular meetings. Once you get a feel of the finer points of the men and women that
    established the BSA, you become a little closer to what you devote so much to, scouting.

  • Glen L Johnson (Sunday, August 04 13 05:30 pm EDT)

    i just finished reading the book last night. I was surprised that it was such a fast read. Honestly, I thought that i was going to get more of a background of professional scouting than a personal
    biography of the major players in the beginning of scouting history. I loved finding out about how the different rules, books, components of Scouting were started by men and a few ladies who saw a
    need and filled it in the name of Scouting. I think a great followup to this book would be how the Volunteer committees impacted the texture of the units as Scouting evolved over the decades. Great
    book I am glad I got a chance to read it.

  • Robert W. Stout (Friday, June 07 13 05:12 pm EDT)

    i have not yet purchased nor read your book but am ver excited about the prospect! I grew up not far from Schiff and was a Scout in Troop 53 (Bedminster/Far Hills, NJ) My grandfather was the police
    chief of Bernardsville and in his younger days stayed fit by running from Bernardsville to Schiff and back! He later often volunteered as a "campmaster" and loved to hike its trails as did I. I have
    been there recently and much still exists, especially the Woodbadge Lodge, an adirondack shelter, the Dan beard lodge where the film studio was and Rockwell paintings were stored, even some campsite
    "kybos" etc. My mom taught YMCA/Girl Scout swimming at the lake. The lifeguard chair is still there as well as the boathouse which is now a private residence. So, obviously, Schiff is a big part of
    "me". Can't wait!

  • Phil Whittle (Tuesday, May 28 13 10:07 pm EDT)

    I really enjoyed your book! I read it in about two days. Thanks for writing it.

  • Roger P. Tatum (Wednesday, May 01 13 07:32 am EDT)

    Sorry I did not get back to you sooner on your very detailed and
    readable work on professional scouting. I enjoyed so much of it, your
    touches of humor, “great stuff, guano” for instance. Remembrances
    of times and places from my youth, Philmont Ranch as an example. The
    wonderful summaries of people important to scouting, frankly, most of
    whom I had never heard and the most interesting of all, your tracing
    some of several mis-steps and failures at the very top of the
    organization and the results thereof but nevertheless the survival and
    success of the organization as a whole through an entire century of
    unbelievable change.

    I would love to know the reception your book has had in the confines and
    backrooms at the top echelons of Professional Scouting.

  • Roger P. Tatum (Wednesday, May 01 13 07:28 am EDT)

    Sorry I did not get back to you sooner on your very detailed and readable work on professional scouting. I enjoyed so much of it, your touches of humor, “great stuff, guano” for instance.
    Remembrances of times and places from my youth, Philmont Ranch as an example. The wonderful summaries of people important to scouting, frankly, most of whom I had never heard and the most interesting
    of all, your tracing some of several mis-steps and failures at the very top of the organization and the results thereof but nevertheless the survival and success of the organization as a whole
    through an entire century of unbelievable change.

    I would love to know the reception your book has had in the confines and backrooms at the top echelons of Professional Scouting.

  • Keith V. Birkemeyer (Saturday, April 27 13 12:02 pm EDT)

    A fascinating look into the past of the BSA and the Professional Scouters who help build it. Win did his homework and produced a book of noteworthy excellence. It's a must read for any Scouter!

Rick Pushies said on 9/7/13

 

Men of Schiff is an interesting collection of stories about how some very special men in Scouting made a big difference in the success of our Scouting movement. If you love Scouting history, you will love reading this book. Winston Davis obviously loves Scouting! Thank you Winston for capturing these great stories for us to read.