Celebrating the Inspirational and the Encouraging. The Commander Bruce Awards 2024


Presented annually, the Commander Bruce Award is given to youth members of Hampshire Scouts, who have inspired and encouraged others in Scouts either over a period or at a one-off event.

The award changes slightly each year in its prize money and how we select the worthy winners. In 2024, the total award prize amount is £1,000 kindly given by the Bruce family and another benefactor.

Nominate before the 10th May 2024.

Who is eligible in 2024?

To be considered for the Commander Bruce Award, a nominee must have inspired and encouraged others in their Scout section over a period of time or at a one-off event in a way that makes them stand out ‘ahead of the crowd’.

This year, there are separate awards for each Scout section under the age of 18 years:

  • Squirrel Scouts (4-6)
  • Beaver Scouts (6-8)
  • Cub Scouts (8-10.5)
  • Scouts (10.5-14)
  • Explorer Scouts (14-18)

The prize pot of £1,000 is split between these five sections with the winner of each receiving £200 - this is split with £100 going to the individual and £100 going to their Scout section to purchase equipment for example.

Who can nominate for an award?

Any adult member or associate member in Hampshire Scouts may nominate a young person (or persons) who they believe meets the award criteria. A nomination must be submitted using the online nomination form to the County Youth Commissioner.

The nomination closing date is Friday 10th May 2024.

What happens once nominations are in?

Once all the nominations have been received, the County Youth Commissioner, Zara Seymour, the two Deputy Youth Commissioners, Tom Hughes and Jamie Cooper, the Deputy County Chair, Harrison Gorst, and a member of the Bruce Award organizing team will meet to decide the winners!

Successful nominees will be informed by the County Youth Commissioner no later than 31st May 2024 and be invited to attend the County Annual General Meeting on Sunday 30th June 2024 at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre where the award is presented.

Celebrating the inspirational for a decade

The Commander Bruce award has a respectable history with Hampshire Scouts, having been awarded annually to inspirational young people every year since 2013.

Find out more about the award and how it came to be on the Hampshire Scout Heritage website.

We have included pictures of our 2023 award winners in this article. Please note that this year we have chosen to recognise young people from across the age ranges of Scouting, whereas last year we focused on themes, namely Scout of the Year, Adventure, Leadership, Local Hero and Scout Group.

Volunteers from the 6th Gosport, the Scout Group 2023 Commander Bruce Award winners.
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