Bronze Wolf awarded to Malcolm Tan, Peter Blatch and Roger Mosby for lifetime of service to Scouting

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Publication date: 17th Dec 2021

The Bronze Wolf is the only award presented by the World Scout Committee, and recognises the outstanding service and commitment by individuals to the Scout Movement. World Scouting is pleased to announce the three latest recipients of the Bronze Wolf Award honouring a lifetime of service and contribution towards Scouting at all levels.

Malcolm Tan Ban Hoe, Singapore

Malcolm Tan Ban Hoe joined Scouting from a young age in Penang, Malaysia, and continued his engagement from 1995 onwards as an adult leader with the Singapore Scout Association, first as an Assistant Group Scout Leader in the St. Joseph’s Pelandok Scout Group, then as a Rover Scout Leader and Leader Trainer. 

At the national level, Malcolm went on to hold senior management positions with the Singapore Scout Association from 2002 to 2017, including as Assistant Chief Commissioner, and as Leader Trainer. His leadership and contributions as a volunteer to the Asia-Pacific Region and World levels have been significant and far-reaching covering the strategic areas of youth engagement, risk management, corporate governance, and Safe from Harm.

From 2009 to the present, Malcolm has contributed his wealth of knowledge and professional expertise as a legal Advocate and Solicitor through numerous appointments at the Asia-Pacific Regional level, including as Chairman of Asia-Pacific Conference Resolutions Committee, Chairman of the Scout Management Sub-Committee, member of the Youth Programme Sub-Committee, member of the Outstanding Scouts Award Selection Committee, member of the Specialist Panel, lead volunteer for the Scout Strategy Monitoring Task Force, and member of the Task Force on Nominations to Sub-Committees.
  
Since 2013 at the World level, Malcolm has acted as a global volunteer and consultant supporting the delivery of WOSM Services and has led the World Safe from Harm Unit since its inception in 2014. In this capacity he has helped to make child and youth safeguarding a proiority, develop the World Safe from Harm policy, and shape a Constitutional Amendment on Safe from Harm compliance as a membership requirement which was adopted at the recent 42nd World Scout Conference.  

Internationally, Malcolm has also contributed his insightful leadership and expertise as a member of the World Scout Youth Programme Policy Review Task Force, lead volunteer for the WOSM Scout Method Review Unit, member of the Educational Methods Workstream, and as an Internal Quality Auditor for GSAT. 

Over the past 15 year in particular, Malcolm has been influential in spearheading many initiatives for the Scout Movement with a in-depth knowledge and experience of Scouting across many areas, such as designing models for community-based Scouting through schools, developing training materials for senior leadership of National Scout Organizations, and expanding innovative approaches to youth education and development using the Scout Method and Youth Programme.

Malcolm is deeply committed to Scouting and promoting the values of unity, inclusivity and transparency, adopting a style of servant leadership and acting at an advocate for greater gender equity and youth engagement across the Movement. He is passionate about growing Scouting and building the capacity of others, and is widely regarded as an outstanding communicator and leader trainer. For his outstanding service to Scouting nationally, across the Asia-Pacific Region, and to World Scouting, Malcolm is most deserving of the distinguished Bronze Wolf Award. 

 

Peter John Blatch, Australia

Peter John Blatch OAM joined Scouting in Australia as a Wolf Cub in 1960 and progressed through the sections completing his youth service as a Rover in 1975 before taking on his first adult leadership appointment as an Assistant Scout Leader a year late. 

Over many decades Peter has served in various roles at the national and branch level in Australia as National Commissioner Adult Training and Development, National Project Commissioner, National Adviser for Special Needs, and has been a leader trainer for more than 30 years, leading and supporting several national and international courses for volunteers.

In 2014, Peter was appointed as a Life Member of Scouts Australia and is currently an active member of the National Council. Peter has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the new Scouts Australia Youth Programme. He has also been honoured with numerous awards including the Service Decoration for 45 years of service as an adult leader, the Silver Kangaroo as Scouts Australia’s highest award, the Asia-Pacific Region Chairman’s Award, and the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his service and commitment to youth particularly through the Scout Movement.

Peter has had a long history of service, commitment and dedication to Scouting at both the Regional and World levels, beginning with his appointment to the Youth Programme Sub-Committee in the Asia-Pacific Region from 2001 to 2004, and continuing as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Region Adult Resources Sub-Committee from 2004 to 2007. 

He has also made significant contributions as a leader, manager, facilitator and voting member to the World Scout Committee for two trienniums from 2014 to 2017, and from 2017 to 2021. Among his many appointments as a Committee member, Peter acted as a liaison to JOTA-JOTI, member of the Fees and Voting Task Force, member of the Evolution of the Youth Forum and Conference Task Force, member of the Growth and Coordination Group, Workstream lead for WOSM Services, and member of the Educational Methods Workstream, 

Peter’s professional background as an educator with a particular focus on children and youth with special needs has greatly contributed to World Scouting’s approach to non-formal education, as well as promoting diveristy and inclusion. His deep understanding of Scouting has been particularly relevant in supporting the area of Educational Methods and contributing to governance matters. 

Peter’s creative style, inclusive practices, cultural awareness, servant leadership and strong work ethic have earned him enormous respect locally, nationally and internationally. Along with his genuine character and willingness to help others as a good Scout, Peter has displayed an incredible dedication and commitment to serve the Scout Movement at all levels. For his lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the cause of Scouting, Peter Blatch is a most worthy recipient of the Bronze Wolf Award. 

 

 

Roger Mosby, United States of America

Roger Mosby joined Scouting in the United States of America as a young boy, and returned to Scouting later in life as an adult volunteer, serving as a Cubmaster from 1981 to 1989 in two different U.S. councils, and then as a Scoutmaster and Committee Chair.

Over the years, Roger has held many distinguished positions with the BSA’s Sam Houston Area Council, first as a Member of the Board and Council Commissioner, then as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Program Committee where he was responsible for revitalising the Council’s international agenda by promoting the foreign camp staff programme, and raising the profile of World Scouting within the Council.

As President, CEO, and the 14th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Roger led the restructuring and streamlining of the organisation during challenging times. Throughout this period he was able to preserve BSA’s long-term reputation and sustainability, and renew the involvement and inclusion of young adult volunteers. At a national level, Roger has earned several prestigious BSA awards, including the Silver Beaver Award, Silver Antelope Award, and Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow.

At the international level, Roger has served WOSM in various capacities as Chairman of the Audit Committee during the 2014-2017 triennium, and working in collaboration with the Secretary General during this period to provide valuable support, advice and mentorship on financial management, reporting and legal matters. In 2016, Roger Mosby was instrumental working as a volunteer to support the World Scout Committee and its Steering Committee in the process of transitioning a new Secretary General into the role. 

His open and respectful approach, along with an ability to build bridges and collaborate with people from around the world, reflects a strong dedication and commitment to Scouting’s values. Roger is a most worthy recipient of the Bronze Wolf for his contributions of time, energy, knowledge and professional expertise to Scouting at all levels.

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