The World Organization of the Scouting Movement

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Mission

To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Scout Law, and help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

Membership

  • 161 national Scout organizations
  • 25 million youth and adults

Universal Principles of Scouting

  • Duty to God and respect for individual beliefs
  • Loyalty tone’s country and respect for its laws
  • Strength of world friendship and Scouting brotherhood
  • Service to others—community development
  • Voluntary membership
  • Volunteer leadership
  • Independence from political influence and control
  • Outdoor program orientation
  • Citizenship, physical and mental development, and character guidance

Universal Practices

  • Scout Promise
  • Scout Law
  • Trefoil symbol
  • “Be Prepared” motto
  • Three-finger Scout sign
  • Scout left handclasp
  • Patrol system
  • Recognition of accomplishments through rank advancement and awards
  • Good Turns

Structure

World Scout Conference

  • Composed of six delegates from each of the member Scout associations
  • Meets every three years to form plans for cooperative agreements

World Scout Committee

  • Executive body of the World Scout Conference
  • Members are elected at the World Scout Conference
  • Members have six-year terms

World Scout Bureau

  • Secretariat carries out the instructions of the World Scout Conference and the

World Scout Committee

  • Main office in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Six regional offices
    • Africa region – Nairobi, Dakar, and Capetown
    • Arab region – Cairo
    • Asia-Pacific region – Manila
    • Europe region – Geneva, Brussels, and Belgrade
    • Inter-America region – Santiago de Chile
    • Eurasia region – Yalta-Gurzuf and Moscow
  • Goals of the World Scout Bureau
    • Improving professional and volunteer training
    • Establishing sound financial policies and money-raising techniques
    • Improving community facilities and procedures
    • Marshaling the national resources of each country behind Scouting
    • Arranging global events such as world Scout jamborees
    • Encouraging regional events

Boy Scouts of America Support of World Scouting

World Friendship Fund

  • Developed after World War II to rebuild Scouting in war-torn countries
  • Supported by contributions from Scouts and leaders

World Scouting Fund

  • Part of the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation
  • Supported by individual businesses, corporations, and foundation grants
  • Gives financial support for special Scouting projects around the world through grants to Scout associations

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) Membership Countries

In 2010, Scout organizations of 161 countries were members of the WOSM including:

Country

Year Scouting Was Founded

Year Joined WOSM

Membership

Albania

2005

1,000

Algeria

1939

1963

11,120

Angola

1998

13,777

Argentina

1912

1922

46,264

Armenia

1912

1997

2,385

Australia

1908

1953

73,955

Austria

1912

1922

10,768

Azerbaijan

1997

2000

1,356

Bahamas

1913

1974

1,017

Bahrain

1953

1970

1,867

Bangladesh

1972

1974

896,118

Barbados

1912

1969

2,738

Belarus

1909

2010

1,200

Belgium

1911

1922

88,307

Belize

1911

1987

2,376

Benin

1932

1964

6,350

Bhutan

1991

1999

16,738

Bolivia

1915

1950

7,829

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1999

1,901

Botswana

1936

1958

4,660

Brazil

1910

1922

59,057

Brunei Darussalam

1933

1981

1,886

Bulgaria

1911–13

1999

2,711

Burkina Faso

1943

1972

10,165

Burundi

1940

1979

6,661

Cambodia

2008

Cameroon

Canada

1909

1946

146,250

Cape Verde

2002

733

Chad

1960

1974

8,132

Chile

1909

1922–71, 1974

35,189

China, Scouts of

1912

1937

57,039

Colombia

1917

1933

14,045

Comoros

1975

1990

1,725

Cong, The Democratic Republic of the

1924

1963

71,486

Costa Rica

1915

1935

5,050

Côte-d’Ivoire

1937

1972

6,436

Croatia

1915

1993

4,825

Cyprus

1913

1961

4,478

Czech Republic

1911

1996

23,088

Denmark

1909

1922

44,591

Dominica

1929

1990

1,100

Dominican Republic

1926

1930

8,899

Ecuador

1920

1922

4,132

Egypt

1918

1922

74,598

El Salvador

1938

1940

3,970

Estonia

1912

1996

1,209

Ethiopia

1950

2002

1,827

Fiji

1914

1971

2,825

Finland

1910

1922

31,735

France

1910

1922

67,383

Gabon

1936

1971

3,809

Gambia

1921

1984

18,448

Georgia

1994

1997

1,240

Germany

1910

1950

123,686

Ghana

1912

1960

2,311

Greece

1910

1922

17,658

Grenada

1924

1979

1,665

Guatemala

1928

1930

11,272

Guinea

2005

Guyana

1909

1967

424

Haiti

1932

1932

9,859

Honduras

1952

1957

3,031

Hong Kong

1911

1977

99,591

Hungary

1912

1990

6,236

Iceland

1912

1924

1,526

India

1909

1938

2,423,686

Indonesia

1912

1953

8,103,835

Ireland

1908

1949

36,185

Israel

1920

1951

21,920

Italy

1912

1922

100,689

Jamaica

1910

1963

3,181

Japan

1913

1922

195,370

Jordan

1954

1955

15,538

Kazakhstan

1992

2008

1,640

Kenya

1910

1964

262,146

Kiribati

1993

1,333

Korea, Republic of

1922

1953

214,363

Kuwait

1952

1955

6,061

Latvia

1917

1993

544

Lebanon

1912

1947

14,334

Lesotho

1936

1971

371

Liberia

1922

1965

2,418

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

1954

1958

13,698

Liechtenstein

1931

1933

689

Lithuania

1918

1924–40, 1997

2,107

Luxembourg

1914

1922

5,092

Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of

1921

1997

1,988

Madagascar

1921

1960

9,473

Malawi

2005

4,000

Malaysia

1911

1957

73,494

Maldives

1963

1990

4,518

Malta

1908

1966

2,531

Mauritania

1946

1983

3,790

Mauritius

1912

1971

3,022

Mexico

1920

1926

28,963

Moldova, Republic of

1991

1997

1,540

Monaco

1990

61

Mongolia

1992

1994

8,264

Montenegro

2008

Morocco

1933

1961

12,304

Mozambique

1960

1999

28,993

Namibia

1917

1990

2,172

Nepal

1952

1969

15,621

Netherlands

1910

1922

59,500

New Zealand

1908

1953

19,751

Nicaragua

1937

1948

1,541

Niger

1947

1996

3,113

Nigeria

1915

1961

46,701

Norway

1911

1922

18,818

Oman

1948

1977

9,078

Pakistan

1947

1948

526,403

Palestinian Authority

1912

1996

20,017

Panama

1924

1924–36, 1950

1,868

Papua New Guinea

1926

1976

5,515

Paraguay

1960

1962

1,075

Peru

1916

1922

9,147

Philippines

1923

1946

1,872,525

Poland

1919

1922–50, 1996

61,394

Portugal

1913

1922

73,181

Qatar

1956

1965

3,518

Romania

1914

1993

4,930

Russian Federation

1909

2000

14,130

Rwanda

1940

1975

18,884

San Marino

1973

1990

173

Saudi Arabia

1961

1963

19,269

Senegal

1930

1963

26,373

Seychelles

2002

609

Sierra Leone

1909

1964

7,902

Singapore

1910

1966

9,965

Slovakia

1913

1997

4,268

Slovenia

1915

1994

4,525

South Africa

1908

1937

11,634

Spain

1912

1922

65,088

Sri Lanka

1912

1953

27,264

Saint Lucia

1935

1993

393

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

1924

1990

549

Serbia

1911

1995

5,899

Sudan

1935

1956

13,550

Suriname

1924

1968

2,601

Swaziland

1928

1968

4,994

Sweden

1911

1922

59,035

Switzerland

1912

1922

25,946

Syria

2008

Tajikistan

1991

1997

1,968

Tanzania, United Republic of

1929

1963

91,057

Thailand

1911

1922

1,360,869

Togo

1920

1977

7,326

Trinidad and Tobago

1911

1963

4,176

Tunisia

1934

1957

19,236

Turkey

1923

1950

13,964

Uganda

1915

1964

92,946

Ukraine

2008

United Arab Emirates

1972

1977

5,824

United Kingdom

1907

1922

444,271

United States

1909

1922

5,970,203

Uruguay

1946

1950

3,003

Venezuela

1913

1937

16,221

Yemen

1954

1980

6,481

Zambia

1930

1965

7,396

Zimbabwe

1909

1980

2,389

Notes: The membership shown for each country represents only the members (youth and adults) of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), which in most countries includes boys and girls. These numbers are from the latest WOSM census.

The dates represent the most recent years in which the current National Scout Organization was founded and joined the World Organization of the Scout movement.

World Organization of Scouting: www.scout.org

 

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