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World Federation of Independent Scouts

World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS)

(102 member associations in 45 countries, perhaps 250 000 members, founded 1996)

The World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS) was formed in Laubach, Germany, in 1996 by Lawrie Dring, a British Scouter with the independent Baden-Powell Scouts Association (BPSA). The UK-based BPSA, founded in 1970, is probably the most widespread and largest of these independent Scouting organizations. The BPSA was formed at least partly in reaction to the UK Scout Association's "Advance Party Report" (1966). This study resulted in substantial changes to UK Scouting which caused some UK Scouts/Scouters to seek alternatives they felt were closer to Baden-Powell's original program. Interestingly, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (B-P's widow) supported the BPSA and authorized the organization to use the Baden-Powell name.

WFIS is open to any Scouting association that is not affiliated with another international organization. They require that member associations "follow, and use, B-P's original program, traditions, uniforms, morals, ethics, and structure as laid out in B-P's Scouting for Boys", amended only for "health, environmental, first-aid, and safety reasons".

The BPSA (also B-PSA) (Baden-Powell Scouts Association) is a multinational association, with the home association in the UK and branch associations in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, and the US. In Canada and the US, they are called the Baden-Powell Service Association.

In addition to the associations below, the International Scout Fellowship is an affiliate of WFIS for former and current adult members of WFIS.

Accurate information, especially membership numbers, is difficult to find, and various WFIS-related websites have incomplete or conflicting details.


Member Associations listed alphbetically by country (some of these, especially in Germany are single groups):

  1. Argentina—BPSA - Argentina
  2. Argentina—Scouts Navales de Argentina
  3. Austria—Scouts fo Europa
  4. Bangladesh—Independent Scouts of Bangladesh
  5. Belgium—Onafhankelijke Scouts en Gidsen (umbrella group for 3 local Scout groups)
  6. Belize—Belize Explorers Association [prospect member]
  7. Bolivia—Asociación Boliviana de Scouts Independientes de Baden-Powell [prospect member]
  8. Brazil—Grande Fraternidade Escoteira Impisa
  9. Brazil—Liga de Escoteiros do Brasil/LEB
  10. Canada/Alberta—BPSA Alberta [provisional member]
  11. Canada/British Columbia—BPSA British Columbia, 1997
  12. Canada/New Brunswick—BPSA New Brunswick, 2006
  13. Canada/Ontario—BPSA Ontario, 1998
  14. Canada/Ontario—Traditional Explorers Association Council of Ontario (TEAC) (prospect member) [primarily Ontario with some in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, & Québec]
  15. Canada—ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada
  16. Chile—Agrupación Nacional de Boy Scouts de Chile/ANBSCH (Boy Scouts of Chile), 1982
  17. Chile—Hermandad Scout del Desierto Chile
  18. Colombia—Asociación Colombiana de Escultismo/ACE
  19. Colombia—Exploradores de Rionegro [prospect member]
  20. Costa Rica—Asociación Costarricense de Escultismo [prospect member]
  21. Costa Rica—Asociación Exploradores San Agustín Palmares [prospect member]
  22. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Association des Eclaireurs et Eclaaireuses Evangéliques de Côte d'Ivoire
  23. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Baden Powell Scouts of Africa
  24. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Scouts d'Afrique de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-assocation of Conférence Ivorienne du Scoutisme)
  25. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Scouts Unitaires de Côte d'Ivoire
  26. Czech Republic—SKAUT — cesky skauting ABS
  27. Czech Republic—Skaut SSV
  28. Czech Republic—Svaz skautu a skautek Ceske Republiky
  29. Denmark—De Gule Spejdere i Danmark (Baden-Powell Scouts of Denmark), 1984
  30. Ecuador—Asociación de Boy Scouts del Ecuador
  31. El Salvador—Asociación de Scouts Independiente de El Salvador/ASI-ES
  32. France—Scouts de Chavagnes
  33. Germany—Bund Europäischer St. Georgs- Pfadfinderinnen und -Pfadfinder/BESP
  34. Germany—Bund unabhängiger Pfadfinder/BuP
  35. Germany—Christliche Freie Pfadfinderschaft Goldenstedt
  36. Germany—CP Dreieich
  37. Germany—Deutscher Pfadfinderbund gegründet 1911/DPB1911, 1953 (originally 1911) (~100 members)
  38. Germany—EPSG Baunach
  39. Germany—Europäischer Pfadfinderbund - Georgsritter e.V.
  40. Germany—Freier Pfadfinderbund Asgard
  41. Germany—Freier Pfadfinderbund St. Georg/FPG
  42. Germany—Independent Scout Association/ISA, 1989
  43. Germany—Pfadfinder im Mühlenbecker Land e.V.
  44. Germany—Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler e.V., 1981
  45. Germany—Solmser Pfadfinderschaft
  46. Ghana—Baden Powell Scouts of Africa
  47. Guatemala—Asociación de Escultismo Ecológico Baden-Powell Guatemala
  48. Honduras—Asociación Hondureña de Escultismo Tradicional/AHET, 2012
  49. India—Boy Scout & Guide Organisation [prospect member]
  50. India—Federation of India for Sports, Scouting and Education [prospect member]
  51. India—Hindustan Scout and Guides Association
  52. India—Indian Scouts and Guides Organisation/ISGO (15 000 members)
  53. India—Scout Bharti
  54. India—Shriram Bajpai Scouts & Guides Association
  55. India—The Scouts/Guides Organisation
  56. India—Universal Scout & Guide Association [prospect member]
  57. Ireland—Baden Powell Scouts Slyguff
  58. Italy—Esploratori e Guide d'Italia/AEGI
  59. Italy—Associazione Indipendente Scout/ASSISCOUT
  60. Italy—Associazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider/Assoraider, 1992
  61. Italy—Associazione Sezione Scout di Gela
  62. Italy—Federazione del Movimento Scout Italiano - FederScout, 1986 (umbrella group for 20 associations, mostly single groups)
  63. Italy—Federazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider/FIS Raider
  64. Japan—Independent Scouts of Japan [prospect member]
  65. Kenya—Baden Powell Scouts Association
  66. Korea, South—Third Eye Scouting Association
  67. Kosovo—National Scout Center of Kosovo (QNVK-NSCK-NCIK)
  68. Latvia—LKS - Latvijas Kristigie Skauti (Christian Scouts of Latvia)
  69. Malta—Baden-Powell Scouts Malta
  70. Mexico—Agrupación Scout Mexicana AC
  71. Mexico—Asociación Nacional de Scouts Independientes/ANSI
  72. Mexico—Asociación Tradicionalista de Scouts Tiro y Pesca AC
  73. Mexico—Federación Mexicana de Scouts Independientes/FMSI (Mexican Federation of Independent Scouts), 2002
  74. Nepal—Metro Scouts, Nepal [prospect member]
  75. Nepal—Nepal Independent Scout Association [prospect member]
  76. Pakistan—ADABKADA Scout Association
  77. Pakistan—Independent Scouts of Pakistan
  78. Pakistan—Islamabad Scouting Association
  79. Pakistan—Nankana Sab Scout Organization
  80. Panama—Cuerpo de Exploradores Panameños
  81. Paraguay—Hermandad Scout de Paraguay
  82. Peru—Asociación Peruana de Escultismo (Scouts APE)/APE
  83. Peru—Asociación Independiente de Scouts Tradicionales del Perú/AISTA
  84. Romania—Asociatia Cercetasilor Traditionali din Romania/ACT-RO
  85. Russia—Russian Union of Scouts
  86. Spain—Associació Catalana de Scouts
  87. Spain—Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Córdoba
  88. Spain—Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Madrid/ASIM
  89. Spain—Asociación Grupo Scout Alcazaba
  90. Spain—Asociación Juvenil Grupo Scout Independiente Gilwell
  91. Spain—Federación Scout de la Communidad Valenciana
  92. Spain—Grupo Scout Alpha [Almeria]
  93. Spain—Grupo Scout San Pío
  94. Spain—Scouts Independientes del Principado de Asturias
  95. Spain—Scouts Magma
  96. Sri Lanka—Independent Scouts of Sri Lanka
  97. Switzerland—Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe, 1988
  98. Turkey—Kapif
  99. Ukraine—Association of Scouts "Rozvidnyk" (Vdyn & Lviv region) (2010)
  100. UK—Baden-Powell Scouts Association/BPSA, 1970
  101. UK—Scouts and Guides of St. Josep, Fife
  102. US—Baden-Powell Service Association, 2006 (affiliated with the UK's BPSA)

In addition, WFIS information claims WFIS-affiliated Scouting organizations in a number of countries, but I have been unable to find names of organizations anywhere, including on several WFIS-related websites:

  1. Burkina Faso—?
  2. Burundi—?
  3. China—?
  4. Comoros—?
  5. Congo—?
  6. Ethiopia—?
  7. Libya—?
  8. Mali—?
  9. Morocco—?
  10. Morocco/Western Sahara—?
  11. Nigeria—?
  12. Rwanda—?
  13. Tanzania—?
  14. Togo—?
  15. Uganda—?
See our 'All Scout Countries' pages for more details on each organization listed above.
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