Our Beloved Bill

Address to Troop 1137

Bill Kamm

4/26/1938 - 10/14/2007

Mr. Kamm was the living example of service to others.  You young men need to pause a moment and let that really sink in.  You may never again in your whole life meet an individual as completely dedicated to helping others as Bill Kamm.  In my 48 years, I have never met his equal.  I’ve had the privilege of knowing Mr. Kamm for the past decade, and my respect and admiration for him knows no bounds.  He was always involved, willfully, cheerfully and consistently.  He was recognized with Scouting’s highest honor the Silver Beaver award.  He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow-an organization based on the principle of cheerful service to others-Mr. Kamm lived that example.  His involvement in our troop over the past 3 decades has been a blessing.  His volunteer efforts didn’t end with Boy Scouts.  He was always volunteering and helping at the Church and in the community.  It seemed that literally every day of the week, Mr. Kamm would spend a good portion of his day helping others.  It is a great tragedy that he has left us, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the life of Bill Kamm.  We thank you for his tireless dedication to helping others.  We thank you for his humble and friendly demeanor, always approachable, always present and always ready to help.  He was constant, perfect in his reliability and willingness to help others.  His help, guidance and influence on this Troop over the past 30 years will not be forgotten.  All the young men, whose lives he positively influenced will be ever the richer for having known him.  He will be missed by all of us left behind-with his life serving as a role model and inspiration to the principle of cheerful service to others.
Godspeed Mr. Kamm

John D. Mitchell, MD
Troop 1137 Committee Chairman



Mr. Kamm
He was a merit badge counselor for 45 merit badges (about 1/3 of the merit badges currently offered) ranging from the Eagle required merit badges of Camping, First Aid and Emergency Preparedness to all the Nature related ones, to all his various hobbies and collections including Railroading, Basketry and Radio, and even Law and the obscure Farm Mechanics.  Bill was a retired Patent Examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office and the depth and breadth of his knowledge was endless.