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    In regard to overlooked individuals in the founding of BSA, one must consider Robinson, from the YMCA. It is very possible that without his early contributions and support, BSA would have foundered. He was instrumental in landing West, which may have been the most important piece of the initial efforts. He chose to return to his position with the YMCA. If he had not, he like would be one of the "founders" for sure.

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    He IS recognized as one of the unsung 'founders' of the BSA. Yes, he is too often overlooked. He took Boyce's floundering/fledgling BSA and got it on the right track, bringing together many interested in 'boy's work', as it was called. He was our second 'managing secretary'. West was the third, and he later got that position changed to Chief Scout Executive.

    But I think because he worked more in the background (as evident by him going back to his original positions with the YMCA) and his involvement was short (but important), plus he was more of an organizational person then a program person (like B-P, Beard, Seton, et al), he is often overlooked.