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World Organization of the Scout Movement

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Organisation Mondiale du Mouvement Scout (OMMS)

(220 member associations in 168 countries plus Palestine, 28 million members, founded 1922)

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, WOSM (or OMMS in French) represents the vast majority of all the world's male Scouts, and almost 13% of the female Scouts. There are 199 national Scout associations in WOSM plus another 21 umbrella federations (since WOSM will only recognize one Scouting association in each country, multiple national associations that wish to be part of WOSM have to create—and finance—a national umbrella federations to represent them with WOSM). WOSM national associations are headquartered in 160 countries plus Palestine, plus three associations have branch associations in 8 more countries.

Starting in 1908, early Scouting programs in countries outside England looked to Baden-Powell's London headquarters for guidance and inspiration. But as Scouting spread and matured, the need for an international umbrella organization became apparent, and in 1922 a number of national Scout associations created WOSM. While most WOSM member associations are coed at least in some levels, many let WOSM represent their entire membership, while others let WOSM represent their male membership and WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) their female membership.

WOSM's five largest associations represent 81% of their total world membership (Indonesia, US, Philippines, India, Thailand)!

Member Associations listed alphbetically by country (date is the year Scouting first started in that country). Countries whose Scouting is a branch of another country's association are listed at the end:

  1. Albania—Beslidhja Skaut Albania, 2005
  2. Algeria—Scouts Musulmans Algériens (Algerian Muslim Scouts), 1939
  3. Angola—Associação de Escuteros de Angola/AEA (Scout Association of Angola), 1998
  4. Argentina—Scouts de Argentina, 1912
  5. Armenia—Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun/HASK (Armenian National Scout Movement), 1912
  6. Australia—Scouts Australia, 1908
  7. Austria—Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (Scouts and Guides of Austria), 1912 (WOSM+WAGGGS)
  8. Azerbaijan—Azerbaycan Skautlar Assosiasiyasi, 1997
  9. The Bahamas—The Scout Association of the Bahamas, 1913
  10. Bahrain—Boy Scouts of Bahrain, 1953
  11. Bangladesh—Bangladesh Scouts, 1972
  12. Barbados—Barbados Boy Scouts Association, 1912
  13. Belarus—Belarusian Republic Scout Association, 2010
  14. Belgium—De Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (Flemish)/Le Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique (French) (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  15. Belgium—Federatie voor Open Scoutisme/FOS Open Scouting (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  16. Belgium—Les Scouts (WOSM sub-association)
  17. Belgium—Scouts et Guides Pluralistes de Belgique/SGP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  18. Belgium—Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen/SGV-BE (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  19. Belize—The Scout Association of Belize, 1911
  20. Benin—Scoutisme Béninois, 1932
  21. Bhutan—Bhutan Scout Tshogpa, 1991
  22. Bolivia—Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia, 1915
  23. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (umbrella federation), 1999
  24. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Scout Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Hezergovina (sub-association)
  25. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Scout Association of Republica Srpska (sub-association)
  26. Botswana—The Botswana Scouts Association, 1936
  27. Brazil—União dos Escoteiros do Brasil, 1910
  28. Brunei—Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam National Scout Association), 1933
  29. Bulgaria—Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty/OBS, 1911-1913
  30. Burkina Faso—Fédération Burkinabé du Scoutisme (WOSM umbrella federation), 1943
  31. Burkina Faso—Les Scouts du Burkina Faso (WOSM sub-association)
  32. Burkina Faso—Les Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Burkina Faso (WOSM sub-association)
  33. Burundi—Association des Scouts du Burundi, 1940
  34. Cambodia—National Association of Cambodian Scouts, 2008
  35. Cameroon—Les Scouts du Cameroun/Boy Scouts of Cameroon
  36. Canada—Scouts Canada, 1909
  37. Canada—Association des Scouts du Canada (WOSM "affiliated organization")
  38. Cape Verde—Associação dos Escuteiros de Cabo Verde/AECV, 2002
  39. Chad—Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien (umbrella federation), 1960
  40. Chad—Eclaireurs du Tchad (sub-association)
  41. Chad—Scouts du Tchad (sub-association)
  42. Chile—Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1909
  43. China / Hong Kong—The Scout Association of Hong Kong, 1911
  44. Colombia—Asociación Scouts de Colombia, 1917
  45. Comoros—Wezombeli (Association Nationale du Scoutisme Comorien), 1975
  46. Congo (Democratic Republic; formerly Zaire)—Fédération des Scouts de la République Démocratique du Congo, 1924
  47. Costa Rica—Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1915
  48. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1937
  49. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Eclaireurs Laïcs de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  50. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Eclaireurs Unionistes de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  51. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Scouts Catholiques de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  52. Croatia—Savez Izvidaca Hrvatske (The Scout Association of Croatia), 1915
  53. Cyprus—Cyprus Scouts Association, 1913
  54. Czech Republic—Junák - svaz skautu a skautek CR [Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic] (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1911
  55. Denmark—Faellesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (WOSM umbrella federation), 1909
  56. Denmark—Det Danske Spejderkorps/DDS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  57. Denmark—KFUM-Spejderne i Danmark (WOSM sub-association)
  58. Denmark—Danske Baptisters Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  59. Denmark—Kalaallit Nunaanni Spejderit Kattufiat/Grønlands Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association/Greenland)
  60. Denmark—Meginfelag Föroysku Dreingjaskota (WOSM sub-association/Faroe Islands)
  61. Dominica—The Scout Association of Dominica, 1929
  62. Dominican Republic—Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos, 1926
  63. Ecuador—Asociación de Scouts del Ecuador, 1920
  64. Egypt—Egyptian Scout Federation, 1918
  65. El Salvador—Asociación de Scouts de El Salvador, 1938
  66. Estonia—Eesti Skautide Ühing (Estonian Scout Association), 1912
  67. Ethiopia—Ethiopia Scout Association, 1950
  68. Fiji—Fiji Scouts Association, 1914
  69. Finland—Suomen Partiolaiset—Finlands Scouter ry (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1910
  70. France—Fédération du Scoutisme Français (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1910
  71. France—Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de France/EEDF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  72. France—Les Scouts et Guides de France/SGdF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  73. France—Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Israélites de France/EEIF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  74. France—Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Unionistes de France/EEUF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  75. France—Scouts Musulmans de France/SMF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  76. Gabon—Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1936
  77. Gabon—Eclaireuses-Eclaireurs du Gabon (sub-association)
  78. Gabon—Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes du Gabon (sub-association)
  79. Gabon—Scouts et Guides Catholiques du Gabon (sub-association)
  80. The Gambia—The Gambia Scout Association, 1921
  81. Georgia—Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia (Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement), 1994
  82. Germany—Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (WOSM umbrella federation), 1910
  83. Germany—Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder/BdP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  84. Germany—Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg/DPSG (WOSM sub-association)
  85. Germany—Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder/VCP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  86. Ghana—The Ghana Scout Association, 1912
  87. Greece—Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Scout Association of Greece), 1910
  88. Grenada—The Scout Association of Grenada, 1924
  89. Guatemala—Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala, 1928
  90. Guinea—National Scout Association of Guinea, 2005
  91. Guyana—The Scout Association of Guyana, 1909
  92. Haiti—Scouts d'Haïti, 1932
  93. Honduras—Asociación de Scouts de Honduras, 1952
  94. Hungary—Magyar Cserkészszövetség, 1912
  95. Iceland—Bandalag Islenskra Skáta (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  96. India—The Bharat Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1909
  97. Indonesia—Gerakan Pramuka (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  98. Ireland—Scouting Ireland, 1908 (current organization is 2004 merger of SAI & CSI)
  99. Israel—Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation)(WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1920
  100. Israel—The Arab School Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  101. Israel—The Druze Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  102. Israel—The Hebrew Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  103. Israel—The Israel Catholic Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  104. Israel—The Israeli Arab Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  105. Israel—The Orthodox Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  106. Israel / Palestinian Authority—Palestinian Scout Association, 1912
  107. Italy—Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo/FIS (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1912
  108. Italy—Associazione Guide e Scout Cattolici Italiani/AGESCI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  109. Italy—Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani/CNGEI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  110. Jamaica—The Scout Association of Jamaica, 1910
  111. Japan—Scout Association of Japan, 1913
  112. Jordan—Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  113. Kazakhstan—Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan/OSMK, 1992
  114. Kenya—Kenya Scouts Association, 1910
  115. Kiribati—Kiribati Scout Association, 1993
  116. Korea, South—Korea Scout Association, 1922
  117. Kuwait—Kuwait Boy Scouts Association, 1952
  118. Latvia—Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrala Organizacija (The Scout and Guide Central Organization of Latvia)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1917
  119. Lebanon—Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais (WOSM umbrella federation), 1912
  120. Lebanon—Scouts de l'Indépendence/Independence Scouts (WOSM sub-association)
  121. Lesotho—Lesotho Scouts Association, 1936
  122. Liberia—Boy Scouts of Liberia, 1922
  123. Libya—Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  124. Liechtenstein—Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1931
  125. Lithuania—Lietuvos Skautija (Lithuanian Scouting), 1918
  126. Luxembourg—Le Scoutisme et Guidisme au Luxembourg (WOSM umbrella federation), 1914
  127. Luxembourg—Fédération Nationale des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Luxembourg/FNEL (WOSM sub-association)
  128. Luxembourg—Letzebürger Guiden a Scouten/LGS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  129. Macedonia—Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija (The Scout Association of Macedonia), 1921
  130. Madagascar—Firaisan'ny Skotisma Eto Madagasikara (Scout Federation of Madagascar)(WOSM umbrella federation), 1921
  131. Madagascar—Kiadin'i Madagasikara (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  132. Madagascar—Antilin'i Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  133. Madagascar—Tily Eto Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  134. Malawi—Scout Association of Malawi, 2005
  135. Malaysia—Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (The Scout Association of Malaysia), 1911
  136. Maldives—The Scout Association of Maldives, 1963
  137. Malta—The Scout Association of Malta, 1908
  138. Mauritania—Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1946
  139. Mauritius—The Mauritius Scout Association, 1912
  140. Mexico—Asociación de Scouts de México, 1920
  141. Moldova—Organizatia Nationala A Scoutilor Din Moldova (The National Scout Organization of Moldova), 1991
  142. Monaco—Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1990
  143. Mongolia—Mongoliyn Skautiyn Holboo (The Scout Association of Mongolia), 1992
  144. Montenegro—Association of Scouts of Montenegro, 2008
  145. Morocco—Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain (WOSM umbrella federation), 1933
  146. Morocco—Organisation du Scout Marocain (WOSM sub-association)
  147. Morocco—Scoutisme Hassania Marocain (WOSM sub-association)
  148. Morocco—Organisation Marocaine des Scouts et des Guides (WOSM sub-association)
  149. Mozambique—Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique, 1960
  150. Namibia—Scouts of Namibia, 1917
  151. Nepal—Nepal Scouts (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1952
  152. Netherlands—Scouting Nederland (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1910
  153. New Zealand—SCOUTS New Zealand, 1908
  154. Nicaragua—Asociación de Scouts de Nicaragua, 1937
  155. Niger—Association des Scouts du Niger, 1947
  156. Nigeria—Boy Scouts of Nigeria, 1915
  157. Norway—Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  158. Norway—Norges Speiderforbund (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  159. Norway—Norges KFUK-KFUM-speidere (YWCA-YMCA Scouts & Guides of Norway)(WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  160. Oman—The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1948
  161. Pakistan—Pakistan Boy Scouts Association, 1947
  162. Panama—Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá, 1924
  163. Papua New Guinea—The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea, 1926
  164. Paraguay—Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay, 1960
  165. Peru—Asociación de Scouts del Perú, 1916
  166. Philippines—Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1923
  167. Poland—Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego/ZHP (The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1919
  168. Portugal—Federação Escutista de Portugal (umbrella federation), 1913
  169. Portugal—Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal/AEP (sub-association)
  170. Portugal—Corpo Nacional de Escutas/CNE (sub-association)
  171. Qatar—The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1956
  172. Romania—Organizatia Nationala Cercetasii României The National Scout Organization of Romania), 1914
  173. Russia—Russian Association of Scouts/Navigators/RAS/N, 1909
  174. Rwanda—Association des Scouts du Rwanda, 1940
  175. Saint Lucia—The Saint Lucia Scout Association, 1935
  176. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—The Scout Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1924
  177. San Marino—Associazione Guide e Esploratori Cattolici Sanmarinesi (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1973
  178. Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, 1961
  179. Senegal—Confédération Sénégalaise du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1930
  180. Senegal—Eclaireurs du Sénégal (sub-association)
  181. Senegal—Les Scouts du Sénégal (sub-association)
  182. Serbia—Savez Izvidjaca Srbije (Scout Association of Serbia), 1911
  183. Seychelles—Seychelles Scout Association, 2002
  184. Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone Scouts Association, 1909
  185. Singapore—The Singapore Scout Association, 1910
  186. Slovakia—Slovenský Skauting (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1913
  187. Slovenia—Zveza Tabornikov Slovenije (Scout Association of Slovenia), 1915
  188. South Africa—South African Scout Association, 1908
  189. Spain—Federación de Escultismo en España/FEE (umbrella federation), 1912
  190. Spain—Asociación de Scouts de España/ASDE (sub-association)
  191. Spain—Movimiento Scout Católico/MSC (Catholic Scout Movement)(sub-association)
  192. Spain—Federació Catalana d'Escoltisme i Guiatge/FCEG (Catalonian Federation of Scouts and Guides)(WOSM sub-association+WAGGGS umbrella sub-federation)
  193. Spain—Acciò Escolta de Catalunya (sub-association of FCEG)
  194. Spain—Escoltes Catalans/EC (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association of FCEG)
  195. Spain—Minyons Escoltes/Guies Sant Jordi de Catalunya (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association of FCEG)
  196. Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka Scout Association, 1912
  197. Sudan—Sudan Boy Scouts Association, 1935
  198. Suriname—Boy Scouts van Suriname, 1924
  199. Swaziland—Swaziland Scout Association, 1928
  200. Sweden—Scouterna - the Guides and Scouts of Sweden (WOSM+WAGGGS federation), 1910
  201. Switzerland—Pfadibewegung Schweiz [German]/Mouvement Scout de Suisse [French]/Movimento Scaut Svizzero [Italian] (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  202. Syria—Scouts of Syria, 2008
  203. Taiwan—Scouts of China, 1912
  204. Tajikistan—Ittihodi Scouthoi Tochikiston/Associatsia Skautov Tadjikistana, 1991
  205. Tanzania—Tanzania Scouts Association, 1929
  206. Thailand—The National Scout Organization of Thailand, 1911
  207. Togo—Association Scoute du Togo, 1920
  208. Trinidad and Tobago—The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago, 1911
  209. Tunisia—Scouts Tunisiens (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1934
  210. Turkey—Türkiye Izcilik Federasyonu (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1923
  211. Uganda—The Uganda Scouts Association, 1915
  212. Ukraine—National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine, 1908
  213. United Arab Emirates—Emirates Scout Association, 1972
  214. United Kingdom—The Scout Association, 1907
  215. United States—Boy Scouts of America, 1909
  216. Uruguay—Movimiento Scout del Uruguay, 1946
  217. Venezuela—Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela, 1913
  218. Yemen—Yemen Scout Association, 1954
  219. Zambia—Zambia Scouts Association, 1930
  220. Zimbabwe—The Boy Scouts Association of Zimbabwe, 1909

WOSM Scouting in Other Countries

The only countries with no WOSM Scouting are Andorra, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Vatican City. A seventh country, China (People's Republic), has no Scouting except in the former colonies of Hong Kong and Macau, but has the beginnings of a Scouting program in Shanghai.

Countries Where Scouting is a Branch of Another Country's Association:
Antigua and Barbuda—branch of UK Scouting
Marshall Islands—branch of US Scouting (Aloha Council)
Micronesia—branch of US Scouting (Aloha Council)
Palau—branch of US Scouting (Aloha Council)
Saint Kitts and Nevis—branch of UK Scouting
Solomon Islands—branch of UK Scouting
Tonga—branch of UK Scouting
Tuvalu—branch of UK Scouting
Vanuatu—branch of UK Scouting (also some Scouts affiliated with Scouts de France)

WOSM Associate Members
In addition, there is the Association des Scouts du Canada, listed in the main listings above, which is a WOSM "affiliated organization". They are affiliated with Scouts Canada, but their program is more like that of Scouts de France.
China / Macau—Associação de Escoteiros de Macau (The Scout Association of Macau) (associate member of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region)
French Polynesia—Conseil du Scoutisme polynésien (Polynesian Scout Council)/CSP (associate member of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region; umbrella group representing six other Scouting programs:
—Scouts et Guides de Polynésie française/SGPF (sub-association of CSP; Catholic; program of French SGdF)
—Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes de Polynésie française/EEUPF (sub-association of CSP; Protestant; program of French EEUF)
—Association des Scouts Liahona-SDJ/ADSL-SDJ (sub-association of CSP; Mormon)
—Scouts Adventiste de Polynésie française (sub-association of CSP; Seventh-day Adventist
—Scouts Sanito (sub-association of CSP; Sanito Church)
—Scouts Te ahi nui (sub-association of CSP; Pentecostal)
Netherlands Antilles [a constitutionally equal dependency of the Netherlands]—Scouting Antiano (Antillean Scouting) (associate member of the Inter-American Scout Region)

Countries Where Scouting Exists
In these countries, there is no recognized WOSM national association, but there is Scouting in some form, presumably working toward WOSM recognition.

Central African Republic
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
See our 'All Scout Countries' pages for more details on each organization listed above.
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