Harold Hy​movitz, 75, Boy Scout Leader and Volunteer



Harold ("Hal") Hymovitz, 75, a longtime Boy Scout leader who was known for his volunteer service, died July 24. He was a resident of Hatboro.

Hymovitz was active in Boy Scouting for most of his life, mainly as an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 185 (sponsored by Congregation Adath Jeshurun) and the head of the Kitchen Committee for the region's Jewish Committee on Scouting.

For decades he led six- to eight-week summer treks of Troop 185 all over the world, including the first trip by a U.S. Boy Scout troop to Israel in 1985.

Hymovitz was also active in the Montgomery County Association for the Blind and the VISOP Blind Veterans' Support Group. He did this volunteer service while overcoming his own visual disabilities.

A Korean war veteran, he spent almost two decades working for the Wyncote Academy as a resident student adviser, among other positions. He was also in the produce business during the 1950s with his father in North Philadelphia.

Hymovitz is survived by sister Dorothy Vogel; a niece and nephew; and many friends.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Mervyn Sluizer Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19107; or the Montgomery County Association for the Blind, 212 N. Main St., Third Floor, North Wales, PA 19454.



  1. i was just going through names trying to find old friends…and this popped up!!! i remember mr. hymovitz quite well!!! he was the senior counselar in my section when i attended the matthews school..that was the name originally was befoe it became wyncote…hai was the nicest guy but he could get very rough with you if you didnt jump when he said jump!!! he truly loved his job and he loved us…we were staying at a place called W.E. C. world eveangelism center ….matthews was renting space and almost 20of us boys were living over there it was castle looking and it had a very big built in swimming pool it was tiled inlaid but alot of it was swatikas….anyway hal would take us on camping trips..and he made us clean our living spaces..we didnt have a vaccum clean so he taught us how to hold a broom and sweep the carpets.. he was short and had a tummy and quite hairy but he was dedicated ..he thought us boys needed to out to the movies and there was that rating system about no one admitted under a certain age with a R rating he took us to see BARBARELLA!!! anyway he did teach us how to clean and make beds like they do in the army.. its amazing he was very young when he was in charge of us since it say he passed at 75 yrs old and now im 65 so thats a ten yr. difference..anyway his assistant counselar was a hippy named hoyt walbridge.. hal liked to tease him about his hair anyway GOD bless you hal and thank you


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