The website uses "cookies", both internal and from third parties. Cookies are small text files placed on your end user device and help us to distinguish you from other users, to enhance your experience on If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to receive cookies on our website. You can change your browser's cookie settings at any time. To find out more about how we use cookies and how to manage your browser settings read our Cookies Policy.


Scouts South Africa Scouting Icon, Garnet de la Hunt Passes On

29. avr 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the demise of Garnet de la Hunt, who was until the time of his death Chairman and Board Member of the National Scout Council, Scouts South Africa. He was also former Chairman of the World Scout Committee and former WSF Board Member.

Before the age of 16, he received the King’s Scout badge, which is the highest obtainable award for a Scout under the age of 18. In 1976 he played a key role in uniting the four Scout Movements into one unified non- racial entity, despite the political regime of segregation. In 1977 he was elected Provincial Commissioner for the Western Cape where he then actively promoted the programmes of the single unified non-racial South African Scout Movement despite the politics of the day. In 1985 he became the Chief Scout of South Africa.

We will remember him as a true Leader who offered himself selflessly for the good of the Movement. Just last year in April, he received the Presidential Silver Supreme Counselor of the Order of the Baobab. The Order of the Baobab recognizes and awards people for their commitment to the uplifting and empowerment of generations and as such the development and growth of the country as a whole. This award was bestowed on him by South African President Zuma for his exceptional, inspirational volunteerism and dedication to community service and youth empowerment within the South African Scout Movement.

As a member of the task force that drafted the WOSM publication "What is Scouting”, he redefined and updated Baden Powell’s fundamental values and principles that guide over 32 million children and youths in over 162 countries worldwide today.

For his services to Scouting he also received other awards, amongst them the Order of the Silver Springbok, which is the highest award in South African Scouting. He also received the Order of St. Mark (Greek Orthodox), The Silver Wolf, which is an award from the Swedish Scout Association in recognition of his service to International Scouting, and the Bronze Wolf that is awarded by WOSM in recognition of his service to World Scouting. These awards are only given to people that have provided a lifetime of selfless and voluntary service to the uplifting and service of youth and country.

He was a key figure within the Scout Movement on a national and international level for decades. He showed global leaders that South Africans are people with integrity, courage, tolerance, respect, determination and heart.
World Scouting mourns this sad loss and convey their condolences to his family, as well as to his friends and admirers the world over and join them in paying my tribute to him.

Commentaires (5)

rest in peace

behalf of The Russian Union of Scouts- Salut and R.I.P. brother Scoutmaster, I met him few times in my life ((

  • Graham
  • De South Africa
  • 29. avr 2014

RIP - As BP said "Leave this world a better place than when you entered it" You indeed did that Garnet de la Hunt - You deserve your ultimate rest and peace. Graham

Throughout twenty-five years spent in the wonderful world of international Scouting, I have met many influential people that have so much to offer and have shown themselves willing to make a contribution to help children and young people. There are few I have met that mean more to me then Garnet de la Hunt. Garnet was elected to the World Scout Committee at the 34th World Scout Conference, held in Oslo in July 1996. There he also led the successful bid presented by South Africa to host the following conference three years later. During his first term on the World Scout Committee, he played a key role in the Finance and Support Group, in its "WOSM/WAGGGS" working group and in the preparations for the 35th World Scout Conference in Durban (July 1999). It was during that memorable event in his home country that he was elected Chairman of the World Scout Committee. He also joined the World Scout Foundation that year.

Amongst the many contributions he made during his tenure as Chairman of the World Scout Committee, there are some key ones that I consider most worthy of being highlighted:
- His contribution to the Mafikeng Centennial event and to the inauguration of the Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENE), as well as his launching of the "First African Summit", again in Mafikeng, in March 2001.
- His constant attention to forging a positive dialogue between WAGGGS and WOSM, never missing a joint meeting.
- His attendance at most Regional Conferences on all continents and, of course, at the African one where he was immensely popular.
- His personal engagement in the preparations for, and participation in, the 36th World Scout Conference in Thessaloniki in July 2002 and his commitment to supporting the organization of the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand (2002-2003).
- His constructive contributions made throughout the many meetings of the World Scout Foundation that he attended.
- His watchful attention to overseeing the process of recognizing new or re-emerging National Scout Organizations such as those in Ukraine, Poland, Russia and elsewhere.
- His own contribution, as a man of deep faith, in all matters related to the spiritual dimension in Scouting.
- His engagement in the definition of a "Strategy for World Scouting".
- His setting up of the McKinsey consultancy on "Preparing WOSM for its second Centenary" in July 2001 and the adoption of a plan for the future called "Now to 2007 Centenary", the realisation of a project to which Garnet had been dedicating much of his time since 1997.

In 1996, Garnet was presented with the Bronze Wolf (the only form of international recognition to be presented uniquely by the World Scout Committee), adding his name to an elite list of Scouts whose selfless contributions have made a huge difference in World Scouting.

We have lost a true leader… an inspirational leader who provided vision and purpose. I know you join his friends all around the globe in acknowledging that, at this moment of his passing, Garnet de la Hunt was indeed a great and compassionate man. He will always be remembered as a true Scout that has "Gone Home".

Scott A Teare
Secretary General, WOSM

He's a true icon!

Are you sure you want to delete this?