Three outstanding Scout leaders have been awarded the Bronze Wolf, Scouting’s highest award bestowed by the World Scouting Committee, for their service to the Movement at the Regional and World levels.

 

Bronze Wolf Recipient: Tan Cheng Kiong (Singapore)

Tan Cheng Kiong has made a lasting impact on Scouting worldwide and in Singapore through various leadership positions held over the last 30 years. Cheng Kiong first joined the Movement as a Cub Scout in 1975 before becoming an Adult Leader seven years later.

In the 1990s, Cheng Kiong pioneered the adoption of the World Youth Programme Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region, helping innovate the Scout programme in many National Scout Organizations (NSOs). He also led the establishment of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum and strengthened the concept of the World Scout Youth Forum, leading to Youth Forums becoming more important events in their own right.

During the following decade, Cheng Kiong served as a member of both the WOSM team that coordinated the adoption and implementation of WOSM’s first Strategy for Scouting and the Task Force that reviewed WOSM’s governance processes. His work led to constitutional amendments at the 2011 World Scout Conference that strengthened the strategic and governance roles of WOSM’s Committee structures at World and Regional levels. He then worked on improving the understanding among NSO leadership of WOSM’s registration fees system, leading to one of WOSM’s most significant increases in data accuracy on declared membership.

A lawyer by profession, Cheng Kiong used his legal and procedural expertise to support the Movement in roles such as the Vice-Chairperson of the 2017 World Scout Conference and more recently as a member of the Constitutions Committee. 

As Chief Commissioner to the Singapore Scouts Association (2009 - 2017) and Deputy Chief Commissioner (1996 - 2009), his mission to make Scouting more appealing to the country’s youth led to a period of growth, while his push for more community-based programmes gave a boost to community development and social services.

For his significant service to Scouting over many decades, he is most deserving of the Bronze Wolf Award.

 

Bronze Wolf Recipient: Joseph Lau Yee Leung (Hong Kong)

A member of the Scout Association of Hong Kong (SAHK) for more than 50 years years, Joseph Lau has shown unwavering dedication to the Movement at all levels and has continued to be guided in his conviction that Scouting develops leadership in young people.

An accomplished leader, Joseph has played an important role in fostering the development of the Asia Pacific Region, including by strengthening the region's financial stability as Chair of the Financial Resources Subcommittee (2012 - 2015). He also held prominent positions in various Regional and World Scout Jamborees, and his many contributions to the Movement have been recognised by numerous accolades.

With 35 years of experience in banking, Joseph was well-positioned to take up first the role of Chairperson of the WOSM Finance Committee (2014-2016) and subsequently the one of WOSM Treasurer (2016-2022), where he was instrumental in providing due diligence and advice to ensure the proper controls and mechanisms were in place for WOSM’s financial systems. 

Under Joseph’s stewardship, WOSM demonstrated prudent financial management and showed positive financial results by ensuring good governance in budgeting and financial management. His contribution helped to sustain WOSM’s operations, particularly amid the disruptions and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For his outstanding service and contributions to Scouting, he is the most worthy recipient of the Bronze Wolf Award.

 

Bronze Wolf Recipient: Máire Fitzgerald (Ireland)

Máire Fitzgerald has been a Scout since 1998, and in 2011 became involved at the international level as a member of the Programme team for the World Scout Jamboree in 2011. 

At the Regional level, Máire supported Rover Scouting between 2012 and 2019 through the European Region Agoras and contributed to the programme of successive editions of Roverway, the European Scout Region’s flagship youth event. She coordinated the development of the Regional Plan for 2019-2022, led the development of new rules of procedure for the European Scout Conference, innovated the volunteer recruitment and management process of the Region and served as the content manager of the Region’s Scout & Guide Academy. She currently continues to serve as the Coordinator for Innovation in the European Region’s Operational Framework.

At the World level, Máire was a Youth Advisor to the World Scout Committee (WSC) between 2014 and 2017, leading the unit on working methods and delivering a set of mechanics for clear evaluation, continuous improvement, transparency, and accountability in the WSC that have since been implemented in Regional Committees and NSO National Boards. 

In the last triennium, Máire led the Task Force that conceptualised the merger of the World Scout Youth Forum and the World Scout Conference, facilitating the development of a more inclusive and accessible event showcasing youth engagement. She continues to serve as a WOSM Consultant in Good Governance and Youth Engagement until today, supporting NSOs with her expertise and insight.

For her innovative service, advocacy and contribution to Scouting, she is a role model for her generation and a worthy recipient of the Bronze Wolf Award.