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All Scouting Associations in Every Country

This page lists every country in the world, with key information about each country's Scouting program(s).

Apparently, only six of the world's 196 independent countries do not have Scouting: 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. Another 24 countries have the beginnings of Scouting, in an organizing or building stage.

This information comes from many sources, and is as up-to-date as I can find. I have found well over 500 Scouting organizations, and undoubtedly there are more that I have not yet found. Please e-mail me with any corrections or additions. Thanks!

Scouting Terminology—These terms are used in different ways by different Scouting organizations, so for clarity I will try to use them consistently as follows:

Common Scouting terms that may be confusing if your country doesn't use them:


International Organizations (for more information about international Scouting organizations, see our International Scouting page)—While some national Scout associations are independent of any international body, most belong to WOSM or WAGGGS, and others belong to WFIS, FSE, OWS, or CES:

National Associations are listed by country as follows:

Country (ratio of population involved in Scouting; world ratio is 1:184 [one person out of every 184 in the world is directly involved in Scouting])

Name of Association International Affiliation,
Total Membership
Word for 'Scout'

Scout Motto
Program Sections (if known)
Highest Award (for youth under 18, if known)

1. Afghanistan

Da Afganistan Sarandoy Tolanah (Afghanistan Scout Association) working toward WOSM recognition

Tayar Osay ('Be Prepared' in Pashto)
Cubs (ages 8 to 12)
Scouts (ages 12 to 18)
Rovers (ages 19 to 25)

2. Albania (1:2995)

Beslidhja Skaut Albania WOSM, 1000
Skaut

Ji Gati ('Always Prepared' in Albanian)
 

3. Algeria (1:3147)

Scouts Musulmans Algériens (Algerian Muslim Scouts) WOSM, 11 120
'Scout' is Kashaf or el-Kechaf in Arabic, Askuti in Berber, Scout in French

Kun Musta'idan ('Be Prepared' in Arabic)
Sois Prêt ('Be Prepared' in French)
 

4. Andorra

no Scouting   (Scouting is not outlawed, just not successfully organized)

5. Angola (1:1273)

Associação de Escuteros de Angola (Angola Scout Association) WOSM, 13 777
Explorador

Sempre Alerta ('Always Alert' in Portuguese)
Lobitos/Lobitas (Cub Scouts; ages 7 to 10)
Exploradores/Júniores (Explorers/Juniors; ages 10 to 14)
Pioneiros/Séniores (Pioneers/Seniors; ages 15 to 18)
Caminheiros (Rovers; ages 18 to 22)

6. Antigua and Barbuda (1:145)

branch of UK Scouting (The Scout Association) WOSM
Scout

Be Prepared
 
Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda WAGGGS, 608
Guide

Be Prepared
Tweenies (ages 3 to 6)
Brownies (ages 6 to 10)
Guides (ages 10 to 15)
Rangers (ages 15 to 25)
Young Leaders (ages 18 to 30)

7. Argentina (1:844)

Scouts de Argentina WOSM, 46 264
Scout

Siempre Listo ('Always Ready' in Spanish)
Lobatos/Lobeznas (Cubs; ages 7 to 11)
Scouts (ages 11 to 14)
Caminantes (Explorers; ages 14 to 17)
Rovers (ages 17 to 21)
Asociación Guías Argentinas WAGGGS, 3251
Guía

Siempre Lista ('Always Ready' in Spanish)
Pimpollitos (ages 5 to 6)
Alitas (Little Wings; ages 7 to 9)
Guías en Caravana (Caravan Guides; ages 10 to 12)
Guías del Sol (Sun Guides; ages 13 to 15)
Guías Mayores (Senior Guides; ages 15 to 18)
USTA Argentina (Unión de Scouts Tradicionales de Argentina) OWS
Scout
 
Exploradores Argentinos de Don Bosco NON  
Coordinación de Asociaciones Diocesanas de Scouts Católicos (CADISCA) NON (observer status with FSE) [federation of several small Catholic Scout associations, including Asociaciones Diocesanas de Scouts Católicos (ADiSCa)]
Guías Argentinas Católicas NON
Caravana

Siempre Lista ('Always Ready' in Spanish)
Alitas (ages 6 to 10)
Caravanas (ages 10 to 12)
Solar (ages 13 to 15)
Fuego (ages 15 to 18)

8. Armenia (1:761)

Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun (HASK) (National Scout Movement of Armenia) WOSM, 2385
Scaut

Mish Badrast ('Always Ready' in Armenian)
 
National Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of Armenia (ASTGIK) WAGGGS, 1514 Artswikner (ages 6 to 10)
Arenushner (ages 11 to 15)
Parmanuhiner (ages 16 to 20)

9. Australia (1:210)

Scouts Australia WOSM, 73 955
Scout

Be Prepared
Joey Scouts (ages 6 to 8)
Cub Scouts (ages 7.5 to 11)
Scouts (ages 10.5 to 15)
Venturer Scouts (ages 14.5 to 18)
Rovers (ages 17.5 to 25)

Highest Award—Queen's Scout
Girl Guides Australia WAGGGS, 29 811
Guide
Highest Award—Queen's Guide
Scouts of Australia OWS
Scout
 
National Organization of Russian Scouts (NORS) NON
Skaut

Bud Gotov ('Be Ready' in Russian)
[emigré group]
Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego (ZHP; Polish Scout Organization) NON
Harcerz

Czuwaj ('Watch' in Polish)
[emigré group with 4 independent branches, not connected with ZHP/Poland]

10. Austria (1:390)

Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (PPO) WOSM+WAGGGS:
10 768/WOSM +
10 301/WAGGGS
Späher/Guide

Allzeit Bereit ('Always Ready' in German)
Boys:
Wölflinge (Wolf Cubs; ages 7 to 10)
Späher (Scouts; ages 10 to 13)
Explorers (ages 13 to 16)
Rovers (ages 16 to 20)
Girls:
Wichtel (Brownies; ages 7 to 10)
Guides (ages 10 to 13)
Caravelles (ages 13 to 16)
Rangers (ages 16 to 20)
unknown organization listed in 2010 WFIS report WFIS  
Katholische Pfadfinderschaft Europas - Österreich FSE
Pfadfinder
 
Europa Scouts Österreich NON  
Österreichischer Pfadfinderbund NON  

11. Azerbaijan (1:6930)

Azerbaycan Skautlar Assosiasiyasi WOSM, 1356
Skaut

Daima Hazir ('Always Prepared' in Azeri)
Cub Scouts (ages 6 to 12)
Scouts (ages 12 to 18)
Rovers and Leaders (ages 18 and above)
Association of Azerbaijan Girl Guides working toward WAGGGS recognition  

12. The Bahamas (1:84)

The Scout Association of the Bahamas WOSM, 1017
Scout

Be Prepared
 
The Bahamas Girl Guides Association WAGGGS, 2732
Guide
Sunflowers (ages 5 and 6)
Brownies (ages 7 to 10)
Guides (ages 10 to 14)
Rangers (ages 14 to 18)

13. Bahrain (1:355)

Boy Scouts of Bahrain WOSM, 1867
Kashaf

Kun Musta'idan ('Be Prepared' in Arabic)
Al-Ashbal (Cub Scouts; ages 8 to 12)
Al-Kashaf (Boy Scouts; ages 12 to 17)
Al-Matakadem (Rovers; age 17+)
The Girl Guides Association of Bahrain WAGGGS, 1556 Brownies (ages 7 to 11)
Guides (ages 12 to 15)
Senior Guides (ages 16 to 18)
Ranger Guides (ages 18 to 23)

14. Bangladesh (1:167)

Bangladesh Scouts WOSM, 896 118

Sebar Jannza Sada Prastut Thakte Jathasadhya Chesta Kara ('Do your best to be prepared for service' in Bengali)
Cub Scouts (ages 6 to 11)
Scouts (ages 11 to 17)
Rover Scouts (ages 17 to 25)

Highest Award—President's Scout
Bangladesh Girl Guides Association WAGGGS, 52 567  
Independent Scouts of Bangladesh WFIS  

15. Barbados (1:48)

Barbados Boy Scouts Association WOSM, 2738
Scout

Be Prepared
 
The Girl Guide Association of Barbados WAGGGS, 3290
Guide
Junior section:
Blossoms (ages 4 to 7)
Brownies (ages 7 to 11)
Senior section:
Girl Guides (ages 10 to 16)
Rangers (ages 14 to 25)
Young Leaders (ages 15 to 23)

16. Belarus (1:3337)

Belarusian Republic Scout Association WOSM, 1200

Napagatove ('Ready' in Belarusian)
 
The Association of Belarussian Guides (ABG) WAGGGS, 1670  
Katalickija Skautki i Skauty FSE - Belarus FSE  

17. Belgium (1:71)

De Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (Flemish) / Le Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique (French) (GSB) (The Guides and Scout Movement of Belgium) WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation:
88 307/WOSM +
57 966/WAGGGS

Steeds Bereid ('Always Ready' in Flemish)
Toujours Prêt ('Always Ready' in French)
 
Federatie voor Open Scoutisme (FOS Open Scouting) WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association (open/Flemish-speaking)
Jongverkenner/Jonggids
Bevers/Zeehonden (Beavers/Seals; ages 6 to 7)
Welpen (Cub Scouts; ages 8 to 10)
Jongverkenners/Jonggidsen - Aspiranten (Young Scout/Guide Candidates; ages 11 to 13)
Verkenners/Gidsen-Juniors (Junior Scouts/Guides; ages 14 to 15)
Seniors (ages 16 to 17)
Scouts et Guides Pluralistes de Belgique (SGP; Les Scouts Pluralistes) WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association (open/French-speaking)
Scout/Guide
Castors (Beavers; ages 5 to 7)
Louveteaux (Cubs; ages 8 to 11)
Scouts/Guides (ages 12 to 14)
Pionniers (Pioneers; ages 15 to 17)
Animateurs (Leaders; ages 18 to 25)
Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen (SGV-BE) WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association (Flemish-speaking)
Jongverkenner/Jonggids
Boys:
Kapoenen (Capons; ages 6 to 8)
Welpen (Cubs; ages 8 to 11)
Jongverkenners (Young Scouts; ages 11 to 14)
Verkenners (Scouts; ages 14 to 17)
Jins (ages 17 to 18)
Girls:
Kapoenen (Capons; ages 6 to 8)
Kabouters (Gnomes; ages 8 to 11)
Jonggidsen (Young Guides; ages 11 to 14)
Gidsen (Guides; ages 14 to 17)
Jins (ages 17 to 18)
Coed:
Kapoenen (Capons; ages 6 to 8)
Wouters (ages 8 to 11)
Jonggivers (Young 'Givers'*; ages 11 to 14)
Givers ('Givers'*; ages 14 to 17)
Jins (ages 17 to 18)
*'Giver' = Gids+Verkenner
Les Scouts WOSM sub-association (Catholic/French-speaking)
Eclaireur
Baladins (Dancers; ages 6 to 8)
Louveteaux (Cubs; ages 8 to 12)
Eclaireurs (Scouts; ages 12 to 16)
Pionniers (Pioneers; ages 16 to 18)
Guides Catholiques de Belgique (GCB) WAGGGS sub-association (Catholic/French-speaking)
Guide
Nutons (Gnomes; age 5 to 7)
Lutins (Imps; ages 7 to 11)
Guides Aventure (Adventure Guides; ages 11 to 15)
Guides Horizon (Horizon Guides; ages 15 to 17)
Routiers (Rovers; age 17+)
VZW Scoutsgroep de Zwaluw WFIS  
Guides et Scouts d'Europe - Belgique FSE
Eclaireur/Eclaireuse [French]
Verkenner/Gids [Flemish]
French:
Castors (Beavers; ages 6 to 8)
Louveteaux/Louvettes (Cubs; ages 8 to 12)
Eclaireurs/Eclaireuses (Scouts/Guides; ages 12 to 17)
Routiers/Guides Aînées (Rovers/Senior Guides; age 17+)
Flemish:
Bevers (Beavers; ages 6 to 8)
Welpen/Welpinnen (Cubs; ages 8 to 12)
Verkenners/Gidsen (Scouts/Guides; ages 12 to 17)
Voortrekkers/Voortreksters (Pioneers; age 17+)
Udhëhequset dhe Skautistet e Europes FSE [Albanian exile group]
Europe et Scoutisme CES  

18. Belize (1:115)

The Scout Association of Belize WOSM, 2376
Scout

Be Prepared
Highest Award—Queen's Scout
The Girl Guides Association of Belize WAGGGS, 412
Guide
 

19. Benin (1:1117)

Scoutisme Béninois WOSM, 6350
Eclaireur

Sois Prêt ('Be Prepared' in French)
Louveteaux/Louvettes (Cubs; ages 6 to 12)
Eclaireurs/Eclaireuses (Scouts; ages 11 to 16)
Compagnons/Compagnes (Companions; ages 15 to 19)
Routiers/Guides (Rovers/Guides; ages 18 to 35)
Scoutisme Béninois (Guides du Bénin) WAGGGS, 2000
Guide
Jeanettes (Brownies; ages 8 to 11)
Guides (ages 11 to 16)
Guides Aînées (Senior Guides; age 16+)

20. Bhutan (1:42)

Bhutan Scout Tshogpa WOSM, 16 738
Scout

Dra drig Bay ('Be Prepared' in Dzongkha)
Cub Scouts (ages 7 to 11)
Scouts (ages 12 to 15)
Rovers (ages 16 to 20)

21. Bolivia (1:1231)

Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia WOSM, 7829
Explorador

Siempre Listo ('Always Ready' in Spanish)
Lobatos (Cubs; ages 6 to 10)
Exploradores (ages 11 to 13)
Pioneros (ages 14 to 17)
Rovers (ages 18 to 20)
Asociación de Guías Scouts de Bolivia WAGGGS, 390

Siempre Lista ('Always Ready' in Spanish)
Alitas (Little Wings; ages 6 to 7+)
Pre-Intermedia (Pre-Intermediate; ages 10 to 12)
Intermedia (Intermediate; ages 13 to 14)
Mayor (Ranger; ages 15 to 18)
USTA Bolivia (Unión de Scouts Tradicionales de America) OWS  

22. Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:2431)

Savjet izvidackih organizacija u Bosni i Hercegovini (The Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina) WOSM umbrella federation, 1901
Izvidac

Budi Spreman ('Be Ready' in Bosnian)
Poletarac (Cub Scouts; ages 7 to 10)
Izvidaci (Scouts; ages 11 to 20)
The Scout Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Hezergovina WOSM sub-association  
The Scout Association of Republica Srpska WOSM sub-association  

23. Botswana (1:143)

The Botswana Scouts Association WOSM, 4660
Scout

Nna oi Pokoulse ('Be Prepared' in Tswana)
Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts
Rovers
Botswana Girl Guides Association WAGGGS, 9825
Guide

Be Prepared
Sunbeams (ages 7 to 10)
Girl Guides (ages 11 to 15)
Seniors (ages 16 to 21)

24. Brazil (1:3203)

União dos Escoteiros do Brasil WOSM, 59 057
Escoteiro/Escoteira

Sempre Alerta ('Always Alert' in Portuguese)
Mascotes (Mascots; age under 7)
Lobinhos/Lobinhas (Cubs; ages 7 to 10)
Escoteiros/Escoteiras (Scouts/Guides; ages 11 to 14)
Seniores/Guias (Seniors/Guides; ages 15 to 17)
Pioneiros/Pioneiras (Pioneers; ages 18 to 21)

Highest Award—Escoteiro da Pátria
Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil (Federation of Girl Guides of Brazil) WAGGGS, 4454
Bandeirante
Cirandas (Brownies; ages 6 to 8)
B1 (Bandeirantes 1 / Guides 1; ages 9 to 11)
B2 (Bandeirantes 2 / Guides 2; ages 12 to 15)
Guias (Guides; ages 15 to 21)
Leaders (ages 21 ans older)
Asociação Escoteira Baden Powell WFIS
Escoteiro
 
USTA Brasil (Unión de Scouts Tradicionales de America) OWS
Scout
 
Federação dos Escoteiros Tradicionais NON
Escoteiro
 

25. Brunei (1:113)

Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam WOSM, 1886

Selalu Bersedia ('Be Prepared' in Malay)
Cubs (ages 7 to 11)
Scouts (ages 12 to 16)
Venturers (ages 17 to 21)
Rovers (ages 21 to 30)

Highest Award—Pengakap Sultan Scout
Persatuan Pandu Puteri Brunei Darussalam (Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam) WAGGGS, 1677 Brownies (ages 6 to 12)
Girl Guides (ages 12 to 16)
Rangers (ages 17 to 19)
Young Leaders (ages 21 to 23)

26. Bulgaria (1:2617)

Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty (Organization of Bulgarian Scouts) WOSM, 2711
Skaut

Badi Gotov ('Be Prepared' in Bulgarian)
Cubs (ages 7 to 11)
Scouts (ages 12 to 18)
Rovers (ages 18 to 35)

27. Burkina Faso (1:731)

Fédération Burkinabé du Scoutisme WOSM umbrella federation, 10 165
Eclaireur

Prêt à Servir ('Ready to Serve' in French)
Pré-Louveteaux (Pre-Cubs; ages under 7)
Louvetaux (Cub Scouts; ages 7 to 12)
Éclaireurs (Scouts; ages 12 to 17)
Aînés (Seniors; ages 17 to 25)
Les Scouts du Burkina Faso WOSM sub-association  
Les Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Burkina Faso WOSM sub-association  
L'Association des Guides du Burkina Faso WAGGGS, 12 753
Guide
 

28. Burundi (1:577)

Association des Scouts du Burundi WOSM, 6661
Eclaireur

Uwe Tayari ('Be Prepared' in Swahili)
Ube Maso ('Be Prepared' in Kirundi)
Sois Prêt ('Be Prepared' in French)
Louveteaux (Cubs; ages 7 to 11)
Eclaireurs (Scouts; ages 11 to 15)
Routiers (Rovers; ages 16 to 19)
Association des Guides du Burundi WAGGGS, 11 034
Guide
 
unknown organization listed in 2010 WFIS report WFIS  

29. Cambodia (1:10317)

National Association of Cambodian Scouts WOSM

Triam Kloun ('Be Prepared' in Khmer
Cub Scouts
Scouts
Rovers
Girl Guides Association of Cambodia WAGGGS, 1425  

30. Cameroon (1:19082)

Les Scouts du Cameroun/Boy Scouts of Cameroon WOSM
Eclaireur

Sois Prêt ('Be Prepared' in French)
Louveteaux (Cubs; ages 6 to 11)
Eclaireurs (Scouts; ages 11 to 15)
Scouts aînés (Senior Scouts; ages 15 to 19)
Routiers (Rover Scouts; ages 19 to 26)
Association des Guides du Cameroun WAGGGS, 1033
Guide
 

31. Canada (1:129)

Scouts Canada WOSM, 146 250
Scout

Be Prepared (English)
Sois Prêt (French)
Beaver Scouts / Scouts castors (ages 5 to 7)
Cub Scouts / Scouts louveteaux (ages 8 to 10)
Scouts (ages 11 to 14 [optional to 16])
Venturer Scouts / Scouts aventuriers (ages 14 to 17)
Rover Scouts / Scouts routiers (ages 18 to 26)

Highest Award—Queen's Venturer / Prix Aventurier de la Reine
Association des Scouts du Canada (ASC) WOSM "affiliated organization"
Éclaireur/Intrépide

Sois Prêt ('Be Prepared' in French)
Boys:
Castors (Beavers; ages 7 to 8)
Louveteaux (Cubs; ages 9 to 11)
Eclaireurs (Scouts; ages 11 to 14)
Girls:
Hirondelles (Swallows; ages 7 to 8)
Exploratrices (Explorers; ages 9 to 11)
Intrépides (Intrepids; ages 11 to 14)
Mixed:
Pionniers (Pioneers; ages 14 to 17)
Scouts-Aîné(e)s (Senior Scouts; ages 18 to 21)

[ASC has much in common with Scouts de France; Canada is the sole exception to WOSM's one federation per country rule—they avoid having to create an umbrella federation by calling the ASC an "affiliated organization"]
Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada WAGGGS, 116 206
Pathfinder
Sparks (ages 5 and 6)
Brownies (ages 7 and 8)
Guides (ages 9 to 11)
Pathfinders (ages 12 to 15)
Rangers (ages 15 to 17)

Highest Award—Chief Commissioner's Gold Award / Prix d'or de la commissaire générale
BPSA British Columbia WFIS (British Columbia)
Explorer
Otters (ages 5 to 7)
Timber Wolves (ages 8 to 11)
Explorers (ages 11 to 15)
Senior Explorers (ages 15 to 17)
Rovers (age 18+, no upper age limit)
BPSA New Brunswick WFIS (New Brunswick)
Explorer
[same as other BPSA/Canada associations]
BPSA Ontario WFIS (Ontario)
Explorer
[same as other BPSA/Canada associations]
ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada WFIS  
1 additional unknown organization listed in 2010 WFIS report WFIS  
Association Evangélique du Scoutisme au Québec FSE (Québec)  
Federation of North-American Explorers FSE (Ontario)
Eclaireur/Guide
 
Association des Aventuriers de Baden-Powell—Adventurers Association of Baden-Powell (AABP) NON (New Brunswick, Ontario, & Québec), 1500 Castors (Beavers; ages 7 to 8)
Louveteaux/Louvettes/Jeannettes (Cubs; ages 9 to 11)
Eclaireurs/Guides (Scouts/Guides; ages 12 to 16)
Routiers (Rovers; age 17+)

[2007 merger of former AEBP [Association des Eclaireurs Baden-Powell; 1973] & AQAB [Association Québécoise des Aventuriers de Brownsea; 1991]
Association de Scoutisme d'Actions (ASA) NON (Québec), 300  
BPSC Canada/BPSC Ontario NON
Explorer

Stand Ready
[former Traditional Explorers Association Council of Ontario (TEAC); primarily Ontario with some in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, & Québec]
Ukraïnskii Plast (Ukrainian Scouting) NON [apparently an emigré organization located in Canada]
Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego (ZHP; Polish Scout Organization) NON
Harcerze

Czuwaj ('Watch' in Polish)
[emigré group with 4 independent branches, not connected with ZHP/Poland]
Continued