Bronze Wolf Award

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bronze Wolf
Award with ribbon and "knot" badge
Created2 August 1935
FounderInternational Committee
Awarded forOutstanding service to Scouting
Recipients385 (2022)
 Scouting portal

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 highest honor that can be given a volunteer Scout leader in the world[2] and it is the only award given by the WSC.[3] Since the award's creation in 1935, fewer than 400 of the several millions of Scouts throughout the world have received the award.


Scouting's founder, Robert Baden-Powell, initially recognized outstanding contributions to Scouting by any Scout with the bestowal of the Silver Wolf; although he was Chief Scout of the World, the Silver Wolf was associated with British Scouting.[4]

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 use of the award in Stockholm on 2 August 1935 and unanimously awarded the first Bronze Wolf to Baden-Powell.[4][5][6]


The Bronze Wolf Award is the highest honor that is given to a volunteer Scout leader throughout the world.[2][7] It is given in recognition to Scouters who have contributed exceptional, noteworthy, and extraordinary service to the World Scout Movement. It recognizes the individual's contributions, service, dedication, and many years of volunteer work in successfully implementing the Scouting program.[8][9]


In order to keep the award a notable honor, the International Committee limited the number of awards within a two-year period to two; however, 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 2015, the award was bestowed 346 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] As of 2016, the World Scout Bureau estimates there are about 28 million Scouts worldwide.[10] Eight Bronze Wolf Awards were given in 2017.[11]

Among the recipients have been heads of state such as Hamengkubuwono IX, Vice President of Indonesia,[12][13] Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Bhumibol Adulyadej and Philippine president Fidel Ramos.


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.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "The Bronze Wolf". World Scout Bureau. 2015. Archived from the original on 13 February 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Haru Matsukata Reischauer (1986). Samurai and Silk: A Japanese and American Heritage. Harvard University Press. pp. 317–. ISBN 978-0-674-78801-5.
  3. ^ "Scouting Award Presented to President Thomas S. Monson - Ensign Nov. 1993". Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Service Awards". Archived from the original on 9 February 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  5. ^ Scouting. Boy Scouts of America, Inc. May–June 1990. p. 69.
  6. ^ Atterberry, Tara (1996). Awards, Honors & Prizes: International. Gale Group. ISBN 9780787678098.
  7. ^ Journal of the Royal Society of Arts. Society. 1960.
  8. ^ "Awards & Recognition in the Scouting Program" (PDF). Monmouth Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Speech of President Ramos on the Scout Bronze Wolf Award | GOVPH". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 8 March 1993. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  10. ^ "How many Scouts are there in the world?". World Scout Bureau. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  11. ^ "List of recipients of the Bronze Wolf Award". WOSM. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. ^ Ratna, Dewi (31 May 2016). "Prestasi keren Bapak Pramuka Indonesia, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX |". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  13. ^ Hasist, Mohamad (14 August 2012). "Mengenang Bapak Pramuka Indonesia |". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ Tupchai, Suchada (1–7 July 2006). "His Majesty the King receives World Scout's highest award". Chiangmai Mail. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2008.