News - Dudley Forde receives Order of the Baobab
President of South Africa has awarded Dudley Forde with the Order
of the Baobab for his "outstanding leadership in the field
of education and contribution to the community service through the
channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement of South
The award was bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on 27 April 2011
Dudley Forde, from KwaZulu-Natal province, is the former Chief
Scout's Commissioner and one of the founders of the Patrol Leader
We congratulate Dudley on behalf of all Scouts in South Africa
on this wonderful award and thank him sincerely for his contribution
to Scouting and Adult Training over many years.
The citation from the Presidency is as follows:
Reginald Dudley Forde (1940 )
THE ORDER OF BAOBAB in BRONZE
For his outstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution
to community service through the channels of the education system
and the Boy Scout Movement of South Africa.
Mr Reginald Dudley Forde was born in Johannesburg on 20 April 1940.
He completed school in Clifton School in Nottingham Road, as well
as three degrees with the University of Natal. These included a
B Comm, BA Hons as well as a Master's in Philosophy of Leadership.
In 1964, he was the Student of the Year at the Durban Teachers
He was inspired by the principles of leadership by adults and began
similar courses to train leaders among the boys in the Boy Scout
Movement. The Wood Badge, which is known throughout the world, was
started by Lord Baden-Powell, first Baron Baden-Powell of Gillwell,
Mr Forde was headmaster at several schools in the Free State and
then Natal, and was also a lecturer at his alma mater, Natal University.
Throughout his entire career he inculcated strong values of leadership,
discipline and commitment to young people. This was through the
Boy Scout Movement of South Africa in which he became very active
in the 1950s.
From 1959, he held various positions such as Area Commissioner:
KwaZulu-Natal, National Commissioner for Training South Africa and
Chief Scouts Commissioner South Africa (1995 1999). He is
well known in most spheres concerned with leadership training and
has published several papers on his studies and practical work in
The immediate success of these early courses in training boys to
become leaders was followed by regular successive courses, each
building on gained experience, new innovative ideas and all-round
improvement in standards recognising the need for scouting to keep
abreast of new developments in a changing South Africa.
An ardent sports fanatic, Mr Forde has also collected a number
of awards in his long career. These include the Long Service Medal
for 40 years of service to scouting, Honourable Citizen Award for
Service to Education and Silver Springbok for exceptional service
He has been nominated for his extensive influence on the boys in
various schools where he taught and in other spheres in the community.
He changed his career in order to become involved in community service
through the channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement
of South Africa.
He has proved himself to be an outstanding leader in the field
of education. His Headmastership sees him through being a young,
enthusiastic principal in Welkom to a maturing headmaster in Kingsway,
KwaZulu-Natal, and then becoming principal of the renowned
Pietermaritzburg College, the Headmaster at Durban High School and
later Rector of the prestigious Michael House College in Hilton
We are proud to honour Mr Reginald Dudley Forde with the Order
of the Baobab in Bronze in recognition of his excellent and unparalleled
work in the fields of education and leadership building.