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Excerpt The Romanian Boy Scouts Association had a history of 22 years from its beginning in 1915 until its dissolution in 1937. This existence had with its ups and downs, following the troubled times it had to navigate. Created in 1915, it had a rapid growth in popularity and size, being supported by the Romanian Royal House and other important people. But in August 1916 Romania entered World War I, and the Association fell into obscurity. After the War it survived as scattered centres across the country and local initiatives with no support from a central authority or a central Boy Scout Command. This begun to change only in 1932, when it began again a steady and constant growth reaching its golden age. But again, it was not to last, as in February 1937, it was dissolved by King Charles II of Romania, and its members obliged to enter into the Watch of the Motherland Organisation (Straja Ţării), whom he favoured and patronized.

However, during the short intervals when it flourished, the Romanian Boy Scouts were fully integrated into the World Scouting Movement, participating in many international scouting events and having close links with the European scouts from other countries. But, because of all the circumstances mentioned above, it did not have a very well-developed system of awards for its members and supporters. In fact, it had only a single decoration, The Scouting Virtue (Virtutea Străjerească), awarded only in 1916-1916, and 1935-1936. All the other badges and insignias of the scouts were meant to indicate a cetin branch of activity or category. Due to it being well connected to the international scouting movement and its lack of own rewards, the Romanian Boy Scouts were well informed of the existence of the prestigious Silver Wolf award, instituted by Lord Baden Powel, the founder of the scouting movement, and which he attributed for those who supported the scouting movement all over the world.

Although little known, this prestigious award was received by three persons in Romania, two of them in 1936 and the last one in late 1936 or early 1937. Only one of the recipient is well known and documented, as his award is exposed at the Romanian Military Museum in Bucharest. This was col. Ulysses Sâmboteanu, the Director of the Romanian Boy Scouts, and the person that was actually in command, as the first position was held by Prince Nicolae, the brother of King Charles II. Sâmboteanu received his in April 1936 and Prince Nicolae in June 1936. King Charles was the third recipient in the late 1936 or the beginning of 1936. It is important to note that the three of them received the awards in reverse order of their positions in the state and the Boy Scouts Organisation, but a correct one from the point of view of their efforts to support the Scouting Movement in Romania.
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