News | UK volunteer receives Scouting's top international award


We’re proud to announce that John May, Oxfordshire County Chairman and long-time volunteer with Scouting and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), has been awarded the Bronze Wolf Award for his outstanding services to the world Scout Movement. This is the highest international award in Scouting.

‘I’m truly stunned to have been awarded the Bronze Wolf,’ John says. ‘This is a tremendous honour.’

The Bronze Wolf was first awarded to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, in 1935. Since that time, less than 400 people have received the award, of whom just 37 have been British. One award is given each year per two million members of Scouting.

John’s extraordinary voluntary service to Scouting has spanned the decades. He became a Scout at the age of 11 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and went on to train as an adult volunteer. He has worked with all four sections, and also held positions as District Commissioner and a Trustee of The Scout Association. 

John was International Commissioner at The Scout Association for over eight years, before joining the WOSM Committee in 2008, where he worked to advise the organisers of two international jamborees. Since 2014, John has been an advisor to WOSM, and is currently their lead volunteer for peace and human rights education.

‘Scouting has transformed the lives of so many people, and I count myself lucky to have been one of them,’ John says. ‘I am immensely proud to be associated with the work of the Movement, both internationally, as well as in my home county of Oxfordshire.’

John is the first UK national to receive the award since 2010. Despite being heaped with rightly deserved praise, John is still characteristically down-to-earth: ‘I must say that to be recognised in this way, for just enjoying one's hobby, is quite strange,’ he says. 

Do you know an inspirational UK volunteer? Nominate them for one of The Scout Association’s Awards to recognise their achievements. 

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