WSC confers the Bronze Wolf Award to Binay and Nakano
In the early years of Scouting, it was a practice of the British Scouts and founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden Powell, to confer the Silver Wolf Award to Scout Leaders who have exhibited tremendous contribution to the Scout Movement
As the Movement progressed and widened its reach internationally, realisations came in that the Silver Wolf Award was a British Scout decoration and that the international award should have its own uniqueness and distinction. This resulted in a proposal to establish a special award. Today, we call it the Bronze Wolf Award.
After consulting with the International Committee, it was unanimously decided to create the Bronze Wolf Award. And so, it was agreed that the award shall become the only award to be bestowed by the World Scout Committee to Scout Leaders with exceptional character and who have rendered outstanding service to the movement globally.
With recommendations of the World Honours and Awards Committee (WHAC), two outstanding Scout Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Region were conferred the Bronze Wolf Award – the honourable Jejomar C. Binay, former Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, BSP National President for 18 years and former Chairman of the APR Scout Committee for two triennium; and Mari Nakano of the Scout Association of Japan, a former member of the World Scout Committee.
As a matter of tradition, only Bronze Wolf awardees are allowed to present the award to a new recipient. The award was presented by WHAC Kirsty Brown and former WOSM Secretary General Luc Panissod. In the 2015-2018 triennium, seven bronze wolf awards have been given out.
(Isaias Florante G. Fermin III)