Bronze Wolf Award

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Bronze Wolf
Bronze Wolf Award.png
Award with ribbon
Country worldwide
Created 2 August 1935
Founder International Committee
Awarded for Outstanding service to Scouting
Recipients 320 (2005)
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The Bronze Wolf Award is bestowed by the World Scout Committee (WSC) to acknowledge "outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement".[1] It is the only award which the WSC bestows.

Scouting's founder, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, initially recognized outstanding contributions to Scouting by any Scout with the bestowal of the Silver Wolf, but although he was Chief Scout of the World, the Silver Wolf became associated with British Scouting. In 1924, the International Committee, predecessor of the WSC, determined that it needed an award to be given out in its own name and at its own recommendation. Baden-Powell wanted to limit the number of awards, but recognized that the concerns of the Committee were valid. Conversation about the matter was re-opened in 1932, with a decision reached in June 1934. The WSC approved the award in Stockholm on 2 August 1935 and unanimously awarded the first Bronze Wolf to Baden-Powell.

In order to keep the award a notable honor, the International Committee limited the number of people who could receive it within a two year period to two, though in practice it was given even more rarely, with only 12 awards being bestowed between 1935 and 1955.[1] As Scouting's numbers have increased, so have the number of awards bestowed. Between 1955 and 2002, the award was bestowed 308 times. The guidelines of the WSC dictate that the number of awards granted should be limited to "approximately one award for each 2,000,000 members worldwide".[1]

Description[edit]

The Bronze Wolf award consists of a dark green ribbon bordered by two narrow stripes of yellow from which descends a bronze pendant of a wolf, statant. The wolf bears the World Scout Emblem.[2]

The Bronze Wolf Award "knot" badge

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Bronze Wolf". World Scout Committee. 2008. 
  2. ^ Tupchai, Suchada (1–7 July 2006). "His Majesty the King receives World Scout’s highest award". Chiangmai Mail.