Scout Master G. Harvey Ralphson

George Harvey Ralphson was almost certainly one of the authors of Boy Scout novels whose lack of quality, lack of plausibility, and whose poor ethical and moral standards convinced the Boy Scouts of America to begun publishing "authorized" novels about the Boy Scouts.

There is a short bio about him at The Literature Network. This describes him as an "American Boy Scouts Master". If true, this is likely to refer not to our familiar [[[Boy Scouts of America]], but to the short-lived competing organization, the American Boy Scouts. The BSA has "Scoutmasters", not "Scout Masters", and the emblem of the scouts in his books is an arrowhead, not the familiar trifoil.

One historian of juvenile adventure novels described Ralphson's Scouting books in denigrating terms:

The plots of most of the Ralphson volumes were ludicrously unbelievable except perhaps to the most gullible of adolescent readers. In the twenty volumes published under his own name, the author created a group of Boy Scouts from two separate New York City patrols. These young men, each of whom was between thirteen and seventeen years of age throughout all the volumes in the series, never go to school or work for a living. At the proverbial drop of a hat, however, five or six of them are able to take off to some exotic part of the world so they can work for the United States Secret Service. Frequently baffled by one international crisis or another, government officials called on the Bear and Wolf Patrols for help, and, as might be expected of ultra-patriotic young men, the country was saved over and over again, thanks to the bravery and ingenuity of the Boy Scouts of America.

His page on Wikipedia

His search page on Amazon

His search page on Project Gutenberg

His search page on Google Books

Mary Crosson’s "Boy Scout Series(Ralphson)" page

His Boy Scout books: