I don't know why you think that.
He retired in 1965 and came out of retirement in 1978, and the new Handbook came out in 1979.
1978 Distinguished Eagle Scout
1979 Bill begins to tour the U.S. and World as ambassador for BSA , usually accompanied by BSA employees (until 1992). (Attended Greater Cleveland Council Wood Badge Breakfast in 1992 to promote Wood Badge.)
1980 Silver Buffalo. Citation reads "The Voice of Scouting"
1980 Publication of Bill's latest version of the Patrol Leader's Handbook
1985 BSA in Scouting said Bill was "“the foremost influence on development of the Boy Scouting program.”
1985 Bronze Wolf (endorsed by BSA)
1986 Allowed to run throw-back WB course based on original Course because he wanted to.
1993 Scouting: "No one modern-day Scouter had as far-reaching influence [on Scouting]"
1993 Jamboree - special tribute to Bill in program
1993 BSA establishes "Special Tribute Fund" in his name
2001 Scouting publishes tribute article.
It seems to me that the highest honors came in the second "life" in Scouting, post the Improved Scouting Program (1972)
All those who might have been embarrassed by his success almost forty years ago are dead.
2007 BSA publishes Wilderness Survival Merit Badge pamphlet with dangerously incomplete advice on treating anaphylactic shock, making wild water safe, prioritizing survival needs, outdoor clothing, and protection from sunburn. BSA plotting to kill Scouts or just not very good at their job?
Edited by TAHAWK, 09 June 2017 - 08:50 AM.