William Hillcourt also popularly known within the Scouting movement as "Green Bar Bill" and "Scoutmaster to the World", was an influential leader in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization for much of the 20th century.  Hillcourt was Danish, but moved to the United States as a young adult. From his start in Danish Scouting in 1910 until his death in 1992, he was continuously active in Scouting. He traveled all over the world teaching and training both Scouts and Scouters, earning many of Scouting's highest honors. His legacy and influence can still be seen today in the BSA program and in Scouting training manuals and methods for both youth and adults.

  Harry Demouche Memorial Dedicated in 1956


Troop 20 is one of the oldest troops in Texas, having a continuous chartering period starting in April of 1936.  The troop was active before then, but the records no longer exist.  Troop 20 was sponsored by St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal Church for over thirty years and is currently chartered by First United Methodist Church as a community service to provide an organized program to assist all young men in the Portland area to prepare for adult life.  Troop 20 is very active in Portland providing Eagle Scout projects for the community as well as community service to the area.  Each month they have provide outdoor activities for the scouts like camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, shot gun shooting and much more.



As a youth, Robert Baden-Powell greatly enjoyed the outdoors, learning about nature and how to live in the wilderness. After returning as a military hero from service in Africa, he discovered that English boys were reading the manual on survival in the wilderness he had written for British soldiers. Gathering ideas from his military experience he rewrote the manual as a nonmilitary nature skills book and called it Scouting for Boys. To test his ideas, Baden-Powell brought together 22 boys to camp at Brownsea Island, off the coast of England.  This historic campout was a success and resulted in the advent of Scouting. Thus, the imagination and inspiration of Baden-Powell, later proclaimed Chief Scout of the World, brought Scouting to youth the world over.

Baden Powell

Scout Founder

William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

Scout Master to the World

The Harry Demouch Memorial still stands today next to the flag pole at the Troop 20 Scout Hut at 416 Elm in Portland, TX.  It was dedicated to Harry DeMouche who was an Eagle Scout of Troop 20 and lost his life serving in the military.  

In picture; left to right: John, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Tom,
Mabel, Leah, Frederick, Edwin, Timothy, Jacquelyn, Rebecca 
and William DeMouche