Bronze Wolf awarded to Stephen Peck for lifetime of dedication and service to Scouting
World Scouting announced today that Stephen Peck has been awarded the Bronze Wolf, recognising more than 50 years of dedication, service and contribution to the Scout Movement locally, nationally and internationally.
Stephen joined the Scout Movement as a Cub Scout in the UK where he developed a passion for Scouting’s unique educational experience. As a young adult, he became a volunteer leader contributing to the advancement of Scouting in the European Region and took part in events such as the European Scout and Guide Conference in Cyprus.
Stephen went on to serve The Scout Association in the UK as its National Commissioner for Venture Scouts before becoming a member of the national staff at Gilwell Park as Operations Director, a role he held for 18 years. During this time, Stephen supported a variety of World Scouting initiatives in Europe and beyond, including several World Scout Jamborees, Adults in Scouting and GSAT workshops, and the strategic growth of a number of new and emerging Scout Associations, particularly in Eastern Europe. He was also central in the creation, development and delivery of the international training programme for new Scout professionals held annually at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland and the European Scout Academy. Stephen was the last person to wear the original six Wood Badge beads in the now legacy role of “Camp Chief” of Gilwell Park.
In 2015, Stephen joined the World Scout Bureau and was responsible for a wide portfolio of activities, including the development and innovation of Scouting’s World Events. Stephen was one of the first planners involved in the renewal of the World Scout Youth Forum, and led the successful development and implementation of several World Scout events including Jamborees in Japan (2015) and the United States (2019), World Scout Moot in Iceland (2017), World Scout Conference in Azerbaijan (2017), and several Jamboree on the Air - Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) events. Over the years, he has been instrumental in strengthening the quality of world events, designing more engaging and modern programme experiences for young people while leading the transformation of support to Host countries.
In all of these roles Stephen has been a strong advocate of youth empowerment and has offered his guidance and mentorship to young people and adult leaders getting involved in national, regional and world Scouting positions. Stephen also been a strong advocate for transparency and accountability in decision-making, and shown a commitment to the development and expansion of Scouting in countless countries and territories, including extensive work within the Asia-Pacific Region to assist the growth of Scouting in many smaller Pacific countries.
Today, Stephen remains a volunteer adviser to World Scouting from his home in Hampshire, and continues to stay engaged as a volunteer. Stephen’s outstanding dedication, values and commitment to the growth and development of Scouting worldwide make him a most worthy recipient of Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf Award.