|Derek Pollard (left), Fr Jonathan How (centre), Joao Armando Gonsalves - Chairman of the World Scout Committee (right) © Enrique Leon (WOSM)|
In particular Fr Jonathan had been responsible for the Religious and Spiritual Programme at the 2007 World Scout Jamboree in the UK and for its subsequent development and growth. He has also helped the movement in its important work in Interreligious Dialogue.
Fr Jonathan said "Scouting is a major international movement with over 50 million members from all over the world and from every religion and none. It is a real privilege to be able to support their efforts to create a better world through the spiritual and religious development of their members.
“I was quite shocked when I received a letter last month telling me about the award. They are really rare - in fact the list of recipients is short enough that there is even a Wikipedia page of them. Most of us know how much Scouting is part of our lives, and we try to beaver away quietly, but it's only when someone tells us that we realise how much our scouting is part of other people's lives too and that our efforts have been noticed.”
Bishop Richard Moth, Fr Jonathan’s Bishop and Liaison Bishop for Scouting said “This award is a testimony to all that Fr Jonathan gives to Scouting and to his witness to so many young people and the leadership of Scouting round the world. It is well deserved.”
Scouting began in 1907. The first Catholic Scout group was founded in that same year. Fr Jonathan is National Catholic Scout Chaplain.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement has 50 million members from 169 Member Organisations, one of which is The Scout Association in the UK.
The Award was presented at the World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan on 18 August 2017.
Photo: Derek Pollard – Chairman of the World Scout Committee (left), Fr Jonathan How (centre), Joao Armando Gonsalves (right) – © Enrique Leon (WOSM)
Pictures at Flickr (page 2) https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldscouting/albums/72157683414934223 Photo © Enrique Leon (WOSM)
The presentation is on YouTube at 1hr15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCrMViI7E8A bring life.”