Jemima Nartey awarded prestigious Bronze Wolf Award
Jemima Nartey has been awarded the Bronze Wolf, Scouting’s highest honour, recognising decades of outstanding service and dedication to the Movement that has inspired generations of young people globally. She is the first woman from the Africa Scout Region to receive the award.
Jemima joined the Scout Movement in 1998 as an Adult Leader for Ghana’s Happy Kids School Scout Group, fostering a life-long love of volunteering and philanthropy. She then served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Ghana Scout Association from 2001-2010, a platform that trained and prepared many young Scouts for more active roles in the Movement, among them some current national and regional leaders.
Her energy and dedication towards the Scout Movement saw her elected to the Africa Scout Committee between 2007 and 2009, where she was a Committee Liaison to Southern Africa Zone. In 2010, as Chairperson of the Africa Scout Committee, Jemima was instrumental in mitigating and resolving governance challenges faced by several National Scout Organizations (NSOs) in the Region, and in the same year she oversaw a team of volunteers to successfully host and deliver the 14th Africa Scout Conference in Ghana.
Despite an increasingly high profile, her passion for local leadership never waned as she turned her attention towards commissioning a community Scout group in Dawhenya, an underprivileged community on the outskirts of Accra. From 2011 to 2014, her involvement in local education, health, and social intervention projects helped further Scouting’s social impact and encouraged membership growth in the area.
Jemima has played a major role in driving growth and development of Scouting at local, national, Regional, and World levels, particularly by enhancing diversity and inclusion, opening the space for more girls to assume leadership roles in the Movement. She was twice elected as Vice-Chairperson of the World Scout Committee (WSC), during which time she also served on numerous Committees and Task Forces, including the WAGGGS-WOSM Consultative Committee. Here, she was pivotal in strengthening the partnership and collaboration between our two organisations.
Affectionately known as “Mama Africa”, Jemima's work continues to inspire others and embody the spirit of Scouting for all. Jemima has been a trailblazer in ensuring the inclusion and empowerment of young girls and women in Scouting, be it through Scout groups or in the leadership of National Scout Organizations. Her passion for inclusion extends to the education and empowerment of girls, where she was a driving force in setting the tone for this major global issue.
While Jemima continues to volunteer with WOSM, she remains heavily involved at the grassroots level by running a school and community Scout Group in Accra and Dawhenya. She currently serves as an Adult Leader supporting Scouting programmes at her NSO, using her many years of experience to guide, mentor and train Scouts to be active global citizens. She also runs charity drives with her Scouts across Ghana, and supports the National Board and the Executive Committee of the Ghana Scout Association as an advisor.
Reflecting her many years of extraordinary service, Jemima has also received the Messengers of Peace Hero Award (WOSM, 2016), Africa Elephant Award (Africa Region, 2018), Silver World Award (Boy Scouts of America, 2018) and the Silver Fox Award (Scouts of Canada, 2021).
Jemima's Scouting journey is an inspiration to Scouts around the world and she is a most deserving recipient of the Bronze Wolf Award.