The Scout Movement

Scouting is...

  • A worldwide youth social force

    • A YOUTH MOVEMENT
      • Scouting proposes activities which young people themselves take part in designing.
      • Young people learn to live and work together. They are involved in decision-making, accepting responsibility, developing cooperation and leadership.
    • AN EDUCATIONAL MOVEMENT
      • Scouting’s educational proposal is a long-term process. It seeks to develop behaviour and personalities that benefit the whole of society throughout life.
      • It complements school and family life, filling needs not met by either. Scouting develops self-knowledge.
      • Adults’ role is to help young people, and improve understanding between generations. In their service, leaders get valuable training and experience, adding to their own personal development.
    • A SOCIAL FORCE
      • Scouting develops a sense of personal responsibility for one’s own development.
      • Scouts and leaders are volunteers and choose to join Scouting.
      • Scouting seeks the spiritual value of life beyond the material world.
      • The Scout Movement is independent and governed by its own democratic decision-making processes.
      • While constructively involved in society, Scouting is a non-partisan movement, which does not identify with any political party.

External Link: What is Scouting?

The Mission and Vision of Scouting

Mission and Vision of Scouting

Facts of World Scouting

  • Year of Commencement: 1907
  • Origin: England
  • Founder: Sir Robert Baden Powell
  • Current Membership: More than 28 Millions from 215 countries and regions all over the world
  • Governance
    • The World Scout Conference is held every 3 years. At the conference World Scout Committee members are elected.
  • Secretariat: World Scout Bureau
    • Headquarter:: Geneva, The Switzerland
    • Regional Offices:
      • Africa (Nairobi, Dakar and Capetown)
      • Arab (Cairo)
      • Asia-Pacific (Manila)
      • Eurasia (Yalta-Gurzuf, Moscow)
      • Europe (Geneva, Brussels, Belgrade)
      • Interamerica (Santiago de Chile)
  • Sources of Funds:
    • Annual fees paid by National Scout Organizations (NSOs), based on their membership and adjusted according to each country’s per capita income
    • Funded by the World Scout Foundation