Rabbi Peter Hyman awarded Bronze Wolf for outstanding contribution and service to Scouting

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Publication date: 25th Mar 2021

World Scouting announced today that Rabbi Peter Hyman has been recognised with the Bronze Wolf Award recognising a lifetime of service and contribution to the Scout Movement.

Rabbi Peter grew up in the United States in a Scouting family, earning the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in 1967. His passion and dedication for Scouting from a young age as a Cub Scout carried with him through his involvement at the national and international levels of Scouting. 

Ordained as Rabbi in 1980, Rabbi Peter has made a unique contribution to Scouting by combining his knowledge as a religious leader with his strong support for interfaith dialogue to encourage inclusion, mutual understanding and spiritual development among young people. 

In the United States, Rabbi Peter has served in various Scouting leadership positions since 1983, including long-standing roles as the Boy Scouts of America's National Jewish Chaplain and National Jamboree Chaplain. Through these and other positions, Rabbi Peter has worked to break down barriers and prejudice between cultures and religions, encouraging an attitude of servant leadership, both locally and globally. 

In 2006, he was awarded the rare Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scouts of America's highest recognition honouring Scouts with an exceptional character who have provided distinguished service at the national level.

Rabbi Peter is a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Committee and when the Messengers of Peace initiative was launched in 2010 by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, he was invited to become Chairperson of the Messengers of Peace Committee of the Boy Scouts of America. His experience in interfaith dialogue prepared him well to contribute to the programme which encourages Scouts to be of service to their communities and to humanity regardless of their religious or political affiliations. 

In 2011, Rabbi Peter was recognised as a Messenger of Peace Hero, one of the very first Scouts to receive the honour, and a year later he travelled to Saudi Arabia as Messenger of Peace Ambassador with the Boy Scouts of America where he was welcomed by the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Over the past three decades, Rabbi Peter has been an active staff member and contributor in every World Scout Jamboree except one since the event took place in Sydney, Australia in 1987-88. One of the highlights of his participation in the 2015 Jamboree in Japan was delivering a sermon during a memorial service in Hiroshima. Most recently, Rabbi Peter served as Chair of the Faith and Beliefs Zone at the 2019 Jamboree in West Virginia, United States where he oversaw the engagement of ten participating religions. 

In 2016, Rabbi Peter was the Co-Chair of the planning team for the World Scout Interreligious Symposium which took place in New York, United States. The Symposium is a World Scout event organised regularly since 2003 that brings together various religious organisations and groups to discuss topics related to inter-religious dialogue and spiritual development in Scouting.

In addition to his contributions to Scouting, Rabbi Peter is an active member of his community and a strong supporter of interfaith dialogue having served on the Board of Directors for local Beaumont chapters of the United Way, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. 

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