"Great books. Backcountry skills. Wilderness adventure."
Robert Birkby brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to books energized with first-hand knowledge.
Author of Mountain Madness, Lightly on the Land, and The Boy Scout Handbook, his subjects are the people, places, and skills of the outdoors.
- Speaking engagements
- Writing projects
- Trail design consulting and skills training
- World-wide adventure travel
Travels in Siberia!
Share Bob's travels as he returns to Siberia's Lake Baikal. Click here for the latest journal entries about this remarkable and remote place on the planet.
Robert Birkby Receives the Hornaday Gold Medal
The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has announced the awarding of the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal to Robert Birkby of Seattle. Granted just 50 times in the last hundred years, the medal is one Scouting's rarest honors. It recognizes at least twenty years of unusual and distinguished service in natural resource conservation and environmental improvement at the regional, national, or international levels.
As author of the Boy Scout Handbook, Fieldbook, Conservation Handbook, and Lightly on the Land, Mr. Birkby has long encouraged young people to become responsible stewards of the land. His conservation work began during college summers building trails at Philmont, the BSA's national high adventure base.
Over the decades he has led many month-long Student Conservation Association trail crews for teenagers in national parks and forests. He continues to teach wilderness conservation courses across America, and spends a month each year in Siberia helping Russian volunteers develop a network of hiking trails on public lands encircling Lake Baikal.
The award is named for William T. Hornaday, founder of the New York Zoological Society and an environmental crusader who is credited with saving the American bison from extinction. Among the earliest recipients of the award was Aldo Leopold, whose Sand County Almanac helped launch the modern conservation movement.
New Book of Photographs Celebrates Scouting
Boy Scouts of America Today, written by Robert Birkby, is a large-format 240-page coffee table book packed with hundreds of color photographs showing Scouting at its best. Featuring winners of a national photo competition for Scouts and adults associated with Scouting, the first dozen chapters illustrate the twelve points of the Scout Law (Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.) A final chapter explodes with spectacular, never-before-seen photographs from the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Boy Scouts of America Today is a magnificent volume for families and friends of the BSA. Available at major bookstores, council Scout shops, and from DK Publishing, it is sure to be at the top of many holiday gift-giving lists for those who love Scouting.