Arthur W. V. Reeve

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Arthur W. V. Reeve MBE (Born 1913-date of death unknown - approx. 1994), was an author and scout from New Zealand. Reeve was awarded the Bronze Wolf Award for exceptional services to world Scouting.


Arthur Reeve's name first appears in the Troop records for St Matthew's Scout Group [1] in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1926. He started as a Scout and moved on to take over the Troop as a much respected Scoutmaster. From there he was promoted to District Scoutmaster and formally resigned from St. Matthew's Scout Group with a letter left in the Troop Log Book dated 11 December 1936, although he kept in contact throughout the years and often visited the Group when he could. His roles in Scouting New Zealand included Commissioner for Pacific Island Scouting and International Commissioner.

Bronze Wolf Award recipient

In 1979, Arthur Reeve gained the distinction of becoming one of just over 300 people (to date) in Scouting worldwide to be presented with the Bronze Wolf Award, awarded in recognition of "outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement". This award is rarely handed out, as approximately 1 in every 2,000,000 scouts are given this distinction every year.[2]


Reeve was an avid follower of rugby, and a life member of the Wellington Rugby Football Union. He donated a cup - The Arthur Reeve Cup - which is played for in the Wellington Secondary Schools rugby competition in the Under 80 kg grade. It was first awarded in 1989.

Later life

Reeve also a published author, wrote Cradle of Rugby published in 1992, shortly before his death.[3][4]


  3. REEVE, ARTHUR W.V. & MCCONNELL, LYNN Cradle of Rugby : The History of New Zealand College Rugby. Lower Hutt, Inprint, 1992. (ISBN 0864641753)