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World Organization of the Scout Movement

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Organisation Mondiale du Mouvement Scout (OMMS)

(217 member associations in 164 countries plus Palestine, 40 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 quite a few female Scouts. There are 196 national Scout associations in WOSM (34 of which also belong to WAGGGS) 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 164 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. Algeria—Scouts Musulmans Algériens (Algerian Muslim Scouts), 1939
  2. Angola—Associação de Escuteros de Angola/AEA (Scout Association of Angola), 1998
  3. Argentina—Scouts de Argentina, 1912
  4. Armenia—Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun/HASK (Armenian National Scout Movement), 1912
  5. Australia—Scouts Australia, 1908
  6. Austria—Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (Scouts and Guides of Austria), 1912 (WOSM+WAGGGS)
  7. Azerbaijan—Azerbaycan Skautlar Assosiasiyasi, 1997
  8. The Bahamas—The Scout Association of the Bahamas, 1913
  9. Bahrain—Boy Scouts of Bahrain, 1953
  10. Bangladesh—Bangladesh Scouts, 1972
  11. Barbados—Barbados Boy Scouts Association, 1912
  12. Belarus—Belarusian Republic Scout Association, 2010
  13. Belgium—Federatie voor Open Scoutisme/FOS Open Scouting (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  14. Belgium—De Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (Flemish)/Le Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique (French) (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  15. Belgium—Les Scouts (Fédération des Scouts Baden-Powell de Belgique) (WOSM sub-association)
  16. Belgium—Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen/SGV-BE (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  17. Belgium—Scouts et Guides Pluralistes de Belgique/SGP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  18. Belize—The Scout Association of Belize, 1911
  19. Benin—Scoutisme Béninois, 1932
  20. Bhutan—Bhutan Scout Tshogpa, 1991
  21. Bolivia—Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia, 1915
  22. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (umbrella federation), 1999
  23. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Scout Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Hezergovina (sub-association)
  24. Bosnia and Herzegovina—The Scout Association of Republica Srpska (sub-association)
  25. Botswana—The Botswana Scouts Association, 1936
  26. Brazil—União dos Escoteiros do Brasil, 1910
  27. Brunei—Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam National Scout Association), 1933
  28. Bulgaria—Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty/OBS, 1911-1913
  29. Burkina Faso—Association des Scouts du Burkina Faso/ASBF (WOSM umbrella federation), 1943
  30. Burkina Faso—Les Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Burkina Faso (WOSM sub-association)
  31. Burkina Faso—Les Scouts du Burkina Faso (WOSM sub-association)
  32. Burundi—Association des Scouts du Burundi, 1940
  33. Cambodia—National Association of Cambodian Scouts, 2008
  34. Cameroon—Les Scouts du Cameroun/Boy Scouts of Cameroon
  35. Canada—Association des Scouts du Canada (WOSM "affiliated organization")
  36. Canada—Scouts Canada, 1909
  37. Cape Verde—Associação dos Escuteiros de Cabo Verde/AECV, 2002
  38. Chad—Eclaireurs du Tchad (sub-association)
  39. Chad—Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien (umbrella federation), 1960
  40. Chad—Scouts du Tchad (sub-association)
  41. Chile—Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1909
  42. China / Hong Kong—The Scout Association of Hong Kong, 1911
  43. Colombia—Asociación Scouts de Colombia, 1917
  44. Comoros—Wezombeli (Association Nationale du Scoutisme Comorien), 1975
  45. Congo (Democratic Republic; formerly Zaire)—Fédération des Scouts de la République Démocratique du Congo, 1924
  46. Costa Rica—Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1915
  47. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Eclaireurs Laïcs de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  48. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Eclaireurs Unionistes de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  49. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1937
  50. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Scouts Catholiques de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-association)
  51. Croatia—Savez Izvidaca Hrvatske (The Scout Association of Croatia), 1915
  52. Cyprus—Soma Proskopon Kiprou (Cyprus Scouts Association), 1913
  53. Czech Republic—Junák - svaz skautu a skautek CR [Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic] (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1911
  54. Denmark—Danske Baptisters Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  55. Denmark—Det Danske Spejderkorps/DDS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  56. Denmark—Faellesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (WOSM umbrella federation), 1909
  57. Denmark—KFUM-Spejderne i Danmark (WOSM sub-association)
  58. Denmark / Faroe Islands—Meginfelag Föroysku Dreingjaskota (WOSM sub-association)
  59. Denmark / Greenland—Kalaallit Nunaanni Spejderit Kattufiat/Grønlands Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  60. Dominica—The Scout Association of Dominica, 1929
  61. Dominican Republic—Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos, 1926
  62. Ecuador—Asociación de Scouts del Ecuador, 1920
  63. Egypt—Egyptian Scout Federation, 1918
  64. El Salvador—Asociación de Scouts de El Salvador, 1938
  65. Estonia—Eesti Skautide Ühing (Estonian Scout Association), 1912
  66. Ethiopia—Ethiopia Scout Association, 1950
  67. Fiji—Fiji Scouts Association, 1914
  68. Finland—Suomen Partiolaiset—Finlands Scouter ry (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1910
  69. France—Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de France/EEDF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  70. France—Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Israélites de France/EEIF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  71. France—Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Unionistes de France/EEUF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  72. France—Scoutisme Français (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1910
  73. France—Les Scouts et Guides de France/SGdF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  74. France—Scouts Musulmans de France/SMF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  75. France / French Polynesia—Conseil du Scoutisme polynésien (Polynesian Scout Council)/CSP (associate member of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region; umbrella group representing Scouting in French Polynesia
  76. Gabon—Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes du Gabon (sub-association)
  77. Gabon—Eclaireuses-Eclaireurs du Gabon (sub-association)
  78. Gabon—Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1936
  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—Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder/BdP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  83. Germany—Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg/DPSG (WOSM sub-association)
  84. Germany—Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (WOSM umbrella federation), 1910
  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—Association Nationale des Scouts de Guinée (National Scout Association of Guinea), 2005
  91. Guinea-Bissau—Escuteiros da Guiné-Bissau (Guinea-Bissau Scouts), 2005
  92. Guyana—The Scout Association of Guyana, 1909
  93. Haiti—Scouts d'Haïti, 1932
  94. Honduras—Asociación de Scouts de Honduras, 1952
  95. Hungary—Magyar Cserkészszövetség, 1912
  96. Iceland—Bandalag Islenskra Skáta (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  97. India—The Bharat Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1909
  98. Indonesia—Gerakan Pramuka (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  99. Iraq—Iraq Scout Association, 2017
  100. Ireland—Gasóga na hÉireann (Scouting Ireland), 1908 (current organization is 2004 merger of SAI & CSI)
  101. Israel—The Hebrew Boy and Girl Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  102. Israel—Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation)(WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1920
  103. Israel—The Israel Arab Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  104. Israel—The Israel Arab School Boy and Girl Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  105. Israel—The Israel Druze Boy and Girl Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  106. Israel—The Israel Greek Orthodox Boy and Girl Scouts (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  107. Israel—The Israeli Arab Muslim Boy and Girl Scouts (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  108. Israel / Palestinian Territories—Palestinian Scout Association, 1912
  109. Italy—Associazione Guide e Scout Cattolici Italiani/AGESCI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  110. Italy—Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani/CNGEI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  111. Italy—Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo/FIS (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1912
  112. Jamaica—The Scout Association of Jamaica, 1910
  113. Japan—Scout Association of Japan, 1913
  114. Japan—International Boy Scouts, Troop 1 (Yokohama, Japan), 1911 (international troop directly registered to WOSM's World Scout Bureau)
  115. Jordan—Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  116. Kazakhstan—Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan/OSMK, 1992
  117. Kenya—The Kenya Scouts Association, 1910
  118. Kiribati—Kiribati Scout Association, 1993
  119. Korea, South—Korea Scout Association, 1922
  120. Kuwait—Kuwait Boy Scouts Association, 1952
  121. Latvia—Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrala Organizacija (The Scout and Guide Central Organization of Latvia)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1917
  122. Lebanon—Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais (WOSM umbrella federation), 1912
  123. Lesotho—Lesotho Scouts Association, 1936
  124. Liberia—Liberia Scout Association, 1922
  125. Libya—Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  126. Liechtenstein—Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1931
  127. Lithuania—Lietuvos Skautija (Lithuanian Scouting), 1918
  128. Luxembourg—Fédération Nationale des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Luxembourg/FNEL (WOSM sub-association)
  129. Luxembourg—Letzebürger Guiden a Scouten/LGS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  130. Luxembourg—Scouting in Luxembourg (WOSM umbrella federation), 1914
  131. Macedonia—Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija (The Scout Association of Macedonia), 1921
  132. Madagascar—Antilin'i Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  133. Madagascar—Firaisan'ny Skotisma Eto Madagasikara (Scout Federation of Madagascar)(WOSM umbrella federation), 1921
  134. Madagascar—Kiadin'i Madagasikara (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  135. Madagascar—Tily Eto Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  136. Malawi—Scout Association of Malawi, 2005
  137. Malaysia—Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (The Scout Association of Malaysia), 1911
  138. Maldives—The Scout Association of Maldives, 1963
  139. Malta—The Scout Association of Malta, 1908
  140. Mauritania—Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1946
  141. Mauritius—The Mauritius Scout Association, 1912
  142. Mexico—Asociación de Scouts de México, 1920
  143. Moldova—Asociatia Nationala a Scoutilor din Moldova (The National Scout Association of Moldova), 1991
  144. Monaco—Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1990
  145. Mongolia—Mongoliyn Skautiyn Holboo (The Scout Association of Mongolia), 1992
  146. Montenegro—Savez Izvidaca Crne Gore/SiCG (Scout Association of Montenegro, 2008
  147. Morocco—Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain (WOSM umbrella federation), 1933
  148. Mozambique—Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique, 1960
  149. Myanmar—Myanmar Scout, 2012
  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. Norway—Norges KFUK-KFUM-speidere (YWCA-YMCA Scouts & Guides of Norway)(WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  157. Norway—Norges Speiderforbund (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  158. Norway—Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  159. Oman—The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1948
  160. Pakistan—Pakistan Boy Scouts Association, 1947
  161. Panama—Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá, 1924
  162. Papua New Guinea—The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea, 1926
  163. Paraguay—Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay, 1960
  164. Peru—Asociación de Scouts del Perú, 1916
  165. Philippines—Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1923
  166. Poland—Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego/ZHP (The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1919
  167. Portugal—Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal/AEP (sub-association)
  168. Portugal—Corpo Nacional de Escutas/CNE (sub-association)
  169. Portugal—Federação Escutista de Portugal (umbrella federation), 1913
  170. Qatar—The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1956
  171. Romania—Cercetasii României (Romanian Scouting), 1914
  172. Russia—All-Russian Scout Association, 1909
  173. Rwanda—Association des Scouts du Rwanda, 1940
  174. Saint Lucia—The Saint Lucia Scout Association, 1935
  175. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—The Scout Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1924
  176. San Marino—Associazione Guide e Esploratori Cattolici Sanmarinesi (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1973
  177. São Tomé and Príncipe—Associação dos Escuteiros de São Tomé e Príncipe, 1993
  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—SCOUTS South Africa, 1908
  189. South Sudan—South Sudan Scout Association, 2011
  190. Spain—Federació Catalana d'Escoltisme i Guiatge/FCEG (Catalonian Federation of Scouts and Guides)(WOSM sub-association+WAGGGS umbrella sub-federation)
  191. Spain—Federación de Scouts-Exploradores de España/ASDE Scouts de España (umbrella federation), 1912
  192. Spain—Movimiento Scout Católico/MSC (Catholic Scout Movement)(sub-association)
  193. Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka Scout Association, 1912
  194. Sudan—Sudan Scouts Association, 1935
  195. Suriname—Boy Scouts van Suriname, 1924
  196. Swaziland—Swaziland Scout Association, 1928
  197. Sweden—Scouterna - the Guides and Scouts of Sweden (WOSM+WAGGGS federation), 1910
  198. Switzerland—Pfadibewegung Schweiz [German]/Mouvement Scout de Suisse [French]/Movimento Scaut Svizzero [Italian] (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  199. Syria—Scouts of Syria, 2008
  200. Taiwan—Scouts of China, 1912
  201. Tajikistan—Ittihodi Scouthoi Tochikiston/Associatsia Skautov Tadjikistana, 1991
  202. Tanzania—Tanzania Scouts Association, 1929
  203. Thailand—The National Scout Organization of Thailand, 1911
  204. Timor-Leste—União Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor-Leste, 2005
  205. Togo—Association Scoute du Togo, 1920
  206. Trinidad and Tobago—The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago, 1911
  207. Tunisia—Les Scouts Tunisiens (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1934
  208. Turkey—Türkiye Izcilik Federasyonu (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1923
  209. Uganda—The Uganda Scouts Association, 1915
  210. Ukraine—National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine, 1908
  211. United Arab Emirates—Emirates Scout Association, 1972
  212. United Kingdom—The Scout Association, 1907
  213. United States—Boy Scouts of America, 1909
  214. Uruguay—Movimiento Scout del Uruguay, 1946
  215. Venezuela—Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela, 1913
  216. Yemen—Yemen Scout Association, 1954
  217. Zambia—Zambia Scouts Association, 1930
  218. Zimbabwe—The Boy Scouts Association of Zimbabwe, 1909

WOSM Scouting in Other Countries

The only countries with no Scouting are Andorra, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, and Vatican City. A sixth country, China (People's Republic), has no Scouting except in the former colonies of Hong Kong and Macau.

Countries Where Scouting is a Branch of Another Country's WOSM 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)

See our 'All Scout Countries' pages for more details on each organization listed above.
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