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The Silver Fox Award

August 09, 2021

Silver Fox Award

The Silver Fox is awarded for service of the most exceptional character to Scouters in the international field who are NOT members of Scouts Canada but who are associated with the World Organization of the Scout MovementScouts Canada is honoured to recognize this year’s recipients. 

Peter Blatch

Peter Blatch from Australia is one of 12 elected volunteer members of the World Scout Committee, the main executive body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).  

Peter is National Project Commissioner with Scouts Australia. In this volunteer role, he coordinates a variety of activities including adventure, special needs activities, scholarships and Adults in Scouting projects. He is an executive member of the Educational Methods Committee which reports to the World Scout Committee. He was previously National Commissioner for Adult Training and Development and continues as a Queensland Branch Adviser in Adult Training and Development.  

Peter also serves in the following capacities: member of the Educational Methods Work Stream, member of the WOSM Fees Task Force, member of the Evolution of World Scout Conference and World Scout Youth Forum Task Force, member of the Growth and Strategy Coordination Group, WSC Liaison to JOTA-JOTI, and WSC Liaison to WOSM Services. 

Kent Clayburn 

As part of the Boy Scouts of America, Kent serves on the National Executive Board. Over the years he has served on several committees, including Chair of the International Committee, and currently serves as the International Commissioner.  

Regarding the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), Kent served as Vice Chairman of the InterAmerican Regional Committee. He has staffed many National and World Jamborees and including being Deputy Camp Chief in Sweden and Director of Operations for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in 2019, held in North America.  

 Kent became a member of the World Baden-Powell Fellowship in 2003 and joined the WSF Board in 2015.  He is currently the Chairman of the Foundations' Investment Committee and will remain so during his term of office as the Foundation's Chairman-Elect.   

Kent regularly encourages Scouts to apply for staff positions at international events such as European Scout camps; promotes taking patrols or units to international camps, including Kandersteg International Scout Centre, a popular Scouting destination in the highlands of Switzerland.  Kent also actively promotes the incorporation of international themes, such as the Global Development and Sustainable Development Goals, into unit or council planning.  Kent’s goal is to inspire Scouts to bring back their international experience and share it with others at home. 


(Kent Clayburn passed away on July 20, 2021 after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer.) 


Daniel Corsen 

Daniel Corsen – an organizational designer and business ReSharper at D&I, is an active supporter of Youth Development through World Scouting, and a traveller and entrepreneur from Curaçao. He is on a mission to unleash the potential in people, teams and organizations, and making work more fun!  

Since 2007 he has been actively involved with World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in several committees regionally.  As an advisor in organizational development, he has guided organizations in the process of translating business strategies into implementation programs and implementing these programs within these organizations.  Daniel is very creative and analytical, and has a result-oriented, enthusiastic, and driven charisma and transfers this attitude to his direct surroundings when performing his duties. Because of this personality, his approach within international Scouting has been to work with Scout members from a multidisciplinary perspective in which youth development comes first.  

As Chairman of the InterAmerican Scout Region and with expertise in strategies, he has provided professional guidance to various committees within the region helping youth development and impacting close to four million youth as part of the InterAmericans Region supporting the 35-member National Scout Organizations (NSOs).   


Marcelo Guerra Hahn 

Marcelo Guerra Hahn’s memories of Scouting in Uruguay revolve around camping, games and lots of singing and clapping.  Currently, he is the President of the InterAmerican Scout Foundation, and Executive Board Member at Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  

Marcelo’s first BSA involvement was with the Soccer and Scouting pilot program in Chief Seattle Council. He then became involved in training, eventually serving on staff for Wood Badge, National Youth Leadership Training and InterAmerican Leadership Training. 

His constant support and commitment in the development of youth participation and leadership is particularly evident in the Scout Movement of the Dominican Republic, where Marcelo has played an important role in the of Dominican youth participation.  

Marcelo is a keen supporter of the InterAmerican Leadership Training program (ILT), which is a week-long course that prepares the youth of the InterAmerican Region to serve their Scout organizations. ILT is a Messengers of Peace project and has been in operation since 2013 and is held once a year.  The goal of ILT is to strengthen Scouting in the Interamerican Region through a collaborative effort of sharing, networking, training, and support. 

Jemima Nartemle Nartey

Jemima Nartemle Nartey of Accra, Ghana was elected as First Vice Chairperson of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) at the 41st World Scout Conference (WSC) in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2017.  As a member of the committee, Madam Nartey’s vision for World Scouting was to implement the resolutions of the conference, which included engaging young people in decision making, increasing the movement’s social impact in local communities worldwide, and developing strategies to attract adults to volunteer and support young people.  

She also serves in the following capacities as member of the WSC Steering Committee, member of the WOSM/WAGGGS Consultative Committee, and WSC Liaison to the Messengers of Peace Programme.  

Madam Nartey has risen through the ranks in the Scout Movement. She was the Deputy Chief Commissioner from 2001 to 2010, moved on to the Africa Scout Committee from 2007 to 2009 before being elected Chairperson of the Africa Scout Committee from 2009 to 2012. She was elected second Vice Chairperson in 2014.  As a Scout leader, Madam Nartey has travelled extensively in Ghana and to over 70 countries globally; inspiring, motivating and empowering young people to be active global citizens and creating positive change in their communities.  For Ghana, her goal is to increase membership both in schools and communities. 

Daniel Gil Ownby 

Daniel Gil Ownby is an American energy professional. In 2020, Ownby was elected to a two-year term as National Chair for the Boy Scouts of America, the highest volunteer position in the Scout Organization. Previously, he served as International Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America and headed the United States Fund for International Scouting (USFIS). He is known as an advocate for youth leadership and a life-long volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.  

Daniel is one of 12 elected volunteer members of the World Scout Committee.  He served two terms (2011-2017), the first term as chairman of the Finance Committee and second term as Vice Chairman. During his terms, Daniel led the development of the Human Rights Task Force and was twice a member of the Secretary General Search Committee. It was here that Daniel introduced a greater sense of management and accountability in the areas of finance, governance, human resources, and reporting to the World Scout Committee and the World Scout Bureau at large.  Over the years, Daniel has been an enthusiastic supporter of the global profile of the Movement and has gone above and beyond to bring improvements to the educational aspects of International Scouting.  

He has also served as a committee member of the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, located in Kandersteg, Switzerland. He is a World Scout Foundation BP Fellow, Life Member of Kandersteg International Scout Centre and Member of the Order of the Condor.  

In 2013, with the support of National Scouting Organizations in Central America, Daniel organized the pilot InterAmerican Leadership Training (ILT), where 67 young people from nearly all National Scouting Organizations in the Region, attended a youth-led Leadership Training Course. The result enabled young people to be leaders in their Scout Organization and in the InterAmerican Region as well as to organize and lead Messenger of Peace projects which have involved thousands of Scouts all over the world. ILT is now in its seventh successful year. 

Simon Rhee 

Born to be Scout and with more than 50 years in Scouting, Simon has been an active member ever since he joined Scouting in 1966.  Simon began his leadership journey in August 2008 when he was elected to the World Scout Committee.  He was then elected Vice Chairman of the World Scout Committee and then became Chairman again in January 2011 until August 2014.  During his six years on the World Scout Committee, his ability to visualize the future of Scouting and to act decisively and accordingly, was a hall mark of his leadership style.   

Simon is also the founder of the informal fraternity of the Association of Top Achiever Scouts (ATAS) - an innovative idea for retaining young adults after they have completed their active Scouting life as youths, keeping them in the movement for future leadership roles in the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM). Today ATAS has more than 5,500 members in five of the six regions of WOSM.  Simon’s contributions towards Scouting on the national, regional and world level reaches almost all the 162 NSOs of the world. 

Craig Turpie 

Craig Turpie first got involved in Scouting by joining his local Cub Scout Pack in 1983 and followed the youth programme, achieving both his Queen's Scout Award and Explorer Belt. He became Assistant Area Commissioner for Venturer Scouts in Edinburgh, Scotland and later the first Area Scout Network Commissioner for Edinburgh. It was at this point that Craig first became involved with the work of the organization's Scottish Headquarters and UK Headquarters in a number of different roles.  

Craig was a member of the Scout Association's International Team between 2001 and 2007. Craig has also served on the World Scout Committee as the Youth Advisor and various committee members.  He rejoined the Scout Association’s International Team in 2013 for a brief stint as Deputy International Commissioner, then UK Commissioner for Programme in 2014. He held the role until elected chair of the World Scout Committee in 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Craig has also served as a member of the European Scout Committee from 2004 to 2007 and as Chairperson of the European Scout Committee for two terms from 2007 to 2013.