🥇 Gail Langton celebrated with Silver Wolf Award for five decades of service

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Congratulations to Gail on gaining her Silver Wolf Award – very well deserved.

About Gail….

Gail has had several roles within the district over her service years. These have been at two main groups, The 2nd and more recently the 7th, both Southampton City District. This has taken up several evenings as she worked with the Sections and Execs and with the District Team.

Gail spent 20 years as GSL at the 2nd taking over from her dad Alf Longhurst.

She started as a Cub Instructor aged 13 – the equivalent of Young Leaders today.

Within her role with the 7th Group as Group Scout Leader Gail has given time to each section when needed but for the last 2- 3 years she has been attending Scouts each week to support the changing leadership in place. It’s only been in the last 12 months she’s moved away from that weekly commitment.

At the same time as the Scout support Gail is still the current Beaver Leader with the group, her other main role. Gail has been with the Beaver team since 2012 and this is a weekly commitment for her, leading the team and running events.

Added to this Beaver role Gail is also part of the ADC Beaver team in the district and supports other colonies and helps with the district events such as the Panto’s, Planning and organising these for the last few years.

Gail is a member of the District Appointments Committee and regularly attends the appointment meetings meeting new Leaders and volunteers, often going to help in a Training Advisor role with them as well.  As a Training Advisor in the County Gail has worked in the training world and remained current with the new processes and new training approaches over the years. She is a valued member of the District Training group and enthuses others in this manner.

Gail is also a District Beaver Scouter. Gail plays a vital role in the ADC Beaver team and has helped shape that section with the ADC team. She encourages involvement in events and plans several events in the calendar each year such as organising of the Annual Panto Trip and the District Beaver Sleepover at Ferny Crofts.

Within the GSL role at the 7th she has led the team there in bringing in support and grown the group in terms of numbers and Executive and committee. This had been noted throughout the District. The site that the group is on has undergone some key developments and has more planned soon that Gail is heavily involved in. Mainly, the group acquired its own land a few years ago and in doing so managed to double its footprint. Plans are already underway to clear the land and develop the site and access further.

Gail also regularly volunteers at Ferny Crofts and generally works in the campsite tuck shop. This is a week and weekend commitment throughout the busiest times of the year.

This award is in recognition of the time and effort Gail had given to Scouting. Gail has not only continued to grow as GSL but has become integral to the District team, in her GSL role, in Beavers, in Training and Executive roles. Gail is a sound voice of experience whilst remaining grounded to the young people at her own group and section.

Gail has been instrumental in the development of others around her and to the continuity of good program delivery to all those who have been through the group or sectional events. Gail’s role with Appointments and her kind natured way of working with new people is also a great asset to the District and I’m sure has been used in training courses with others that she’s worked with over the years.

Gail has continued to be a real voice in the district, dealing with issues with several DC’s over the years. During these time Gail has always been able to see both sides, empathise and share advice in a caring manner to all who needed it.

Again, from the District, well done Gail…….

About the Award

Silver Wolf Award (The Scout Association)

The Silver Wolf is the highest award made by The Scout Association “for services of the most exceptional character.” It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout. The award consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and yellow neck ribbon.

Since its inception by Robert Baden-Powell, the Silver Wolf has remained the “unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout”, although “County Commissioners and overseas Chief Scouts may submit recommendations to Scout Headquarters.”

During the early years of the development of the Scout Movement throughout the world, it was the practice of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, to give the Silver Wolf to Scouters in any country who had done outstandingly valuable work for the Movement. The Silver Wolf was first awarded to King’s Scouts or King’s Sea Scouts of at least 2 years service and who earned 12 proficiency badges, who performed under exceptional circumstances like saving a life or repeated acts of bravery, endurance, or self-sacrifice. This Silver Wolf remained a Youth award until 1922, when it became an award for Adult volunteers for Services to Scouting.

The award was of course highly valued, but it began to be realized that the Silver Wolf was a British Scout decoration, even though it was given by the Chief Scout of the World. Accordingly, in 1934, the Bronze Wolf Award was created as the only award made by the World Scout Committee.