FOUR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS RECEIVE THE BRONZE WOLF AWARD
The Bronze Wolf is the only award presented by the World Scout Committee, and recognises outstanding service by individuals to the World Scout Movement. The award was established by the International Committee in Stockholm in 1935, and the first person to be awarded with the Bronze Wolf was Lord Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World.
We’re pleased to announce four outstanding individuals who will be receiving the Bronze Wolf Award.
Göran Hägerdal, Sweden
Göran Hägerdal has dedicated a lifetime of service to Scouting for 45 years starting as a Cub Scout in 1974. Involved in national and world levels of Scouting, Göran has been involved and instrumental in many initiatives. Some of these include:
- currently serving as a member of the National Awards and Honours Committee of the Guides and Scouts of Sweden
- member of the WOSM Ethics Committee and Volunteer Service Lead at the 24th World Scout Jamboree
- served professionally as a staff of the World Scout Bureau for seven years, influencing and mentoring new initiatives and programmes pertaining to the educational aspects of Scouting
- serving as the Head of Youth Programme as a youth, revitalising the World Scout Moot
- serving as deputy camp chief of the 10th World Scout Moot, 1996 in Sweden, and one of the three camp chiefs of the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, 2011 in Sweden
Göran has been an excellent role model, living by the values of Scouting through the Scout Promise and Law and promoting youth engagement at every opportunity. He is committed to empowering young people, and is a natural leader who always promotes and celebrates diversity and inclusion.
David Wynne Jones, Australia
A qualified chartered accountant, David joined the Movement as a Wolf Cub in 1948, and became an adult leader in 1960. He has provided significant volunteer service as an adult leader in many district, region, state and national roles over the last 60 years.
Some of his key contributions include:
- serving as Deputy Australian Contingent Leader to the Planned World Scout Jamboree in Iran, 1979 and Conference Leader (Administration and Treasurer) for the 12th Asia Pacific Scout Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 1980
- Project Director for Scouts of Africa, Kenya in 1988 while simultaneously holding the role of Director of Administration and Support Services for the World Scout Conference in Melbourne, Australia
- Current member of the National Council of Scouts Australia and World Lord Baden-Powell Scout Foundation
- Running workshops and assisting NSOs with financial management and broadening their financial base, as well as two significant fundraising projects within Scouts Australia to support Scouting in Kenya in 1988 and later again between 2009-2014 during the Food for Life fundraising campaign
In all aspects of his work both professional and Scouting, he has demonstrated his diligence, devotion, distinction and living by the Scout Promise and Law. He is an active problem solver who promotes success, and his efforts, expertise and experiences as a leader at all levels for over sixty years enable him to bring a personal approach to all he does.
W. Scott Sorrels, USA
In his 55 years as a Scout, Scott Sorrels has served in many leadership positions, at a national, regional and world level.
At a national and regional level, Scott’s role has significantly expanded the awareness and participation of Scouts BSA in international events, such as the Moot, Regional Conferences and World Scout Jamborees. He also played a key role as Jamboree Chairman at the most recent 24th World Scout Jamboree, held in West Virginia.
Scott’s Scouting experiences include:
- his leadership in developing, editing and helping drive the execution of WOSM’s Safe from Harm Policy
- working together with Canadian and Mexican Scout leaders in ensuring the success of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, working hand in hand with the global operations team
- receiving top-level awards, including being a Baden Powell Fellow and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
In everything he does, Scott Sorrels always looks for long-term benefits and solutions, and is rooted in his strong passion for youth development. His leadership and legacy in Scouting is truly one that reflects the true spirit and values of the Movement.
Walter Hofstetter, Switzerland
Walter Hofstetter’s 31 years of service is decorated with many achievements and contributions in leadership. Among these include:
- playing an integral role in the establishment of a common Pfadibewegung Schwiez (fusion between Scouts and Guides), actively involved in negotiations between the Swiss Scouts and Guides
- serving as a member of the World Scout Committee in 1999-2005
- producing new guidelines for the Swiss-based association, WSB Inc., which provides legal assistance to the World Scout Bureau
- establishing the World Scout Moot in 1988, one of Scouting’s most coveted events
- serving as camp chief for the 9th World Scout Moot at Kandersteg, 1992 in Switzerland
Throughout the years, Walter has never stopped believing in Scouting’s role as a leader in non-formal education for young people, helping them to develop their full potential whilst contributing to a better world. His long service continues to date, as he currently administers funds and grants for the Friends of Scouting in Europe.
These four Scout Leaders have inspired us in more than one way, particularly in reinforcing the values, spirit and joy that Scouting brings to young people all over the world. Join us in congratulating all four Bronze Wolf awardees!