SHORT HILLS, NJ - Bill Mebane, at ninety years of age and the oldest living Scoutmaster of Troop 15 Christ Church in Short Hills, was honored with a trophy for "inspiration and service to youth" through many years. His advice was, "it's all about the out of doors camping experience." In camping, according to Bill, friendships are made and lessons are learned over problem - solving in the setting of the great outdoors. Bill was first a Cub-Master then a Troop Leader from 1970 through 1985. He subsequently was active in leadership and teaching roles regionally for the Orange Mountain District. His devotion to Scouting was nationally recognized at the Centennial Celebration of Boy Scouts of America in 2010 with the Silver Beaver Award.
Bill first developed an interest in Scouting in Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M and did graduate work at Harvard Business School. After landing a job in the financial industry in NYC, he met his future wife Joan of Short Hills, and quickly renewed his interest in Scouting while raising his young family locally. His son David is a Life Scout and an attorney in the area.
Bill often quoted George Mallory, who summited Mr. Everest but lost his life on the descent, as saying, "The greatest danger is NOT to take the adventure". Bill Mebane has taken this advice and shared the adventure with countless young men through Scouting.