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World Organization of the Scout Movement

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Organisation Mondiale du Mouvement Scout (OMMS)

(230 member associations in 177 countries, 46 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 210 national Scout associations in WOSM (35 of which also belong to WAGGGS) plus another 20 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 [except Canada, which has two separate WOSM-recognized national associations]). WOSM national associations exist in 167 countries plus Palestine, plus two associations have branch associations in six 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 six largest associations represent 83% of their total world membership (Indonesia, India, Philippines, US, Bangladesh, Kenya). Indonesia alone represents 54% of WOSM's total world membership!

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. Afghanistan—Afghanistan Scout Association, 1931
  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—Federatie voor Open Scoutisme/FOS Open Scouting (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  15. Belgium—De Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (Flemish)/Le Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique (French) (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  16. Belgium—Les Scouts (Fédération des Scouts Baden-Powell de Belgique) (WOSM sub-association)
  17. Belgium—Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen/SGV-BE (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  18. Belgium—Scouts et Guides Pluralistes de Belgique/SGP (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—Savez Izvidaca Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine (sub-association)
  25. Bosnia and Herzegovina—Savez Izvidjaca Republike Srpske (sub-association)
  26. Bosnia and Herzegovina—Scouts of the Brcko District (sub-association)
  27. Botswana—The Botswana Scouts Association, 1936
  28. Brazil—União dos Escoteiros do Brasil, 1910
  29. Brunei—Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam National Scout Association), 1933
  30. Bulgaria—Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty/OBS, 1911-1913
  31. Burkina Faso—Association des Scouts du Burkina Faso/ASBF, 1943
  32. Burundi—Association des Scouts du Burundi, 1940
  33. Cambodia—National Association of Cambodian Scouts, 2008
  34. Cameroon—Les Scouts du Cameroun
  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. China / Macau—Associação de Escoteiros de Macau (The Scout Association of Macau), 1983
  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)—Les Eclaireurs Laïcs de Côte d'Ivoire/EEDCI (sub-association)
  49. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Les Eclaireurs Unionistes de Côte d'Ivoire/EUCI (sub-association)
  50. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1937
  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—Soma Proskopon Kiprou (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—Danske Baptisters Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  56. Denmark—Det Danske Spejderkorps/DDS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  57. Denmark—Faellesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (WOSM umbrella federation), 1909
  58. Denmark—KFUM-Spejderne i Danmark (WOSM sub-association)
  59. Denmark / Faroe Islands—Føroya Skótaráð (WOSM sub-association)
  60. Denmark / Greenland—Kalaallit Nunaanni Spejderit Kattufiat/Grønlands Spejderkorps (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  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. Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)—Eswatini Scout Association, 1928
  68. Ethiopia—Ethiopia Scout Association, 1950
  69. Fiji—Fiji Scouts Association, 1914
  70. Finland—Suomen Partiolaiset—Finlands Scouter ry (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1910
  71. France—Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de France/EEDF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  72. France—Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de la Nature/EDLN (WOSM sub-association), 2007
  73. France—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—Scoutisme Français (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1910
  76. France—Scouts et Guides de France/SGdF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  77. France—Scouts Musulmans de France/SMF (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  78. 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), 1986
  79. Gabon—Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Unionistes du Gabon (sub-association)
  80. Gabon—Eclaireuses-Eclaireurs du Gabon (sub-association)
  81. Gabon—Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1936
  82. Gabon—Scouts et Guides Catholiques du Gabon (sub-association)
  83. The Gambia—The Gambia Scout Association, 1921
  84. Georgia—Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia (Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement), 1994
  85. Germany—Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder/BdP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  86. Germany—Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg/DPSG (WOSM sub-association)
  87. Germany—Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (WOSM umbrella federation), 1910
  88. Germany—Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder/VCP (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  89. Ghana—The Ghana Scout Association, 1912
  90. Greece—Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Scout Association of Greece), 1910
  91. Grenada—The Scout Association of Grenada, 1924
  92. Guatemala—Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala, 1928
  93. Guinea—Association Nationale des Scouts de Guinée (National Scout Association of Guinea), 2005
  94. Guinea-Bissau—Escuteiros da Guiné-Bissau (Guinea-Bissau Scouts), 2005
  95. Guyana—The Scout Association of Guyana, 1909
  96. Haiti—Scouts d'Haïti, 1932
  97. Honduras—Asociación de Scouts de Honduras, 1952
  98. Hungary—Magyar Cserkészszövetség, 1912
  99. Iceland—Bandalag Islenskra Skáta (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  100. India—The Bharat Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1909
  101. Indonesia—Gerakan Pramuka (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  102. Iraq—Iraq Scout Association, 2017
  103. Ireland—Gasóga na héireann (Scouting Ireland), 1908 (current organization is 2004 merger of SAI & CSI)
  104. Israel—Arab School Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  105. Israel—Druze Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  106. Israel—Hebrew Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  107. Israel—Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation)(WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1920
  108. Israel—Israeli Arab Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  109. Israel—Israeli Catholic Scouts Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  110. Israel—Orthodox Scout Association (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  111. Italy—Associazione Guide e Scout Cattolici Italiani/AGESCI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  112. Italy—Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani/CNGEI (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  113. Italy—Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo/FIS (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1912
  114. Jamaica—The Scout Association of Jamaica, 1910
  115. Japan—Scout Association of Japan, 1913
  116. Japan—International Boy Scouts, Troop 1 (Yokohama, Japan), 1911 (international troop directly registered to WOSM's World Scout Bureau)
  117. Jordan—Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  118. Kazakhstan—Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan/OSMK, 1992
  119. Kenya—The Kenya Scouts Association, 1910
  120. Kiribati—Kiribati Scout Association, 1993
  121. Korea, South—Korea Scout Association, 1922
  122. Kuwait—Kuwait Boy Scouts Association, 1952
  123. Latvia—Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrala Organizacija (The Scout and Guide Central Organization of Latvia)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1917
  124. Lebanon—Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais (WOSM umbrella federation), 1912
  125. Lesotho—Lesotho Scouts Association, 1936
  126. Liberia—Liberia Scout Association, 1922
  127. Libya—Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  128. Liechtenstein—Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1931
  129. Lithuania—Lietuvos Skautija (Lithuanian Scouting), 1918
  130. Luxembourg—Fédération Nationale des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Luxembourg/FNEL (WOSM sub-association)
  131. Luxembourg—Letzebürger Guiden a Scouten/LGS (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association), 1915
  132. Luxembourg—Scouting in Luxembourg (WOSM umbrella federation), 1914
  133. Macedonia—Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija (The Scout Association of Macedonia), 1921
  134. Madagascar—Antilin'i Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  135. Madagascar—Firaisan'ny Skotisma Eto Madagasikara (Scout Federation of Madagascar)(WOSM umbrella federation), 1921
  136. Madagascar—Kiadin'i Madagasikara (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  137. Madagascar—Tily Eto Madagasikara (WOSM sub-association)
  138. Malawi—Scout Association of Malawi, 2005
  139. Malaysia—Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (The Scout Association of Malaysia), 1911
  140. Maldives—The Scout Association of Maldives, 1963
  141. Malta—The Scout Association of Malta, 1908
  142. Mauritania—Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1946
  143. Mauritius—The Mauritius Scout Association, 1912
  144. Mexico—Asociación de Scouts de México, 1920
  145. Moldova—Asociatia Nationala a Scoutilor din Moldova (The National Scout Association of Moldova), 1991
  146. Monaco—Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1990
  147. Mongolia—Mongoliyn Skautiyn Holboo (The Scout Association of Mongolia), 1992
  148. Montenegro—Savez Izvidaca Crne Gore/SiCG (Scout Association of Montenegro, 2008
  149. Morocco—Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain (WOSM umbrella federation), 1933
  150. Mozambique—Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique, 1960
  151. Myanmar—Myanmar Scout, 2012
  152. Namibia—Scouts of Namibia, 1917
  153. Nepal—Nepal Scouts (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1952
  154. Netherlands—Scouting Nederland (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1910
  155. Netherlands / Aruba—Scouting Aruba
  156. Netherlands / Netherlands Antilles—Scouting Antiano (Antillean Scouting)
  157. New Zealand—SCOUTS New Zealand, 1908
  158. Nicaragua—Asociación de Scouts de Nicaragua, 1937
  159. Niger—Association des Scouts du Niger, 1947
  160. Nigeria—The Scout Association of Nigeria, 1915
  161. Norway—Norges KFUK-KFUM-speidere (YWCA-YMCA Scouts & Guides of Norway)(WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  162. Norway—Norges Speiderforbund (WOSM+WAGGGS sub-association)
  163. Norway—Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (WOSM+WAGGGS umbrella federation), 1911
  164. Oman—The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1948
  165. Pakistan—Pakistan Boy Scouts Association, 1947
  166. Palestine—Palestinian Scout Association, 1912
  167. Panama—Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá, 1924
  168. Papua New Guinea—The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea, 1926
  169. Paraguay—Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay, 1960
  170. Peru—Asociación de Scouts del Perú, 1916
  171. Philippines—Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1923
  172. Poland—Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego/ZHP (The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association)(WOSM+WAGGGS), 1919
  173. Portugal—Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal/AEP (sub-association)
  174. Portugal—Corpo Nacional de Escutas/CNE (sub-association)
  175. Portugal—Federação Escutista de Portugal (umbrella federation), 1913
  176. Qatar—The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1956
  177. Romania—Cercetasii României (Romanian Scouting), 1914
  178. Russia—All-Russian Scout Association, 1909
  179. Rwanda—Association des Scouts du Rwanda, 1940
  180. Saint Lucia—The Saint Lucia Scout Association, 1935
  181. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—The Scout Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1924
  182. San Marino—Associazione Guide e Esploratori Cattolici Sanmarinesi (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1973
  183. São Tomé and Príncipe—Associação dos Escuteiros de São Tomé e Príncipe/AESTP, 1993
  184. Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association, 1961
  185. Senegal—Confédération Sénégalaise du Scoutisme (umbrella federation), 1930
  186. Senegal—Eclaireurs du Sénégal (sub-association)
  187. Senegal—Les Scouts du Sénégal (sub-association)
  188. Serbia—Savez Izvidjaca Srbije (Scout Association of Serbia), 1911
  189. Seychelles—Seychelles Scout Association, 2002
  190. Sierra Leone—Sierra Leone Scouts Association, 1909
  191. Singapore—The Singapore Scout Association, 1910
  192. Slovakia—Slovenský Skauting (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1913
  193. Slovenia—Zveza Tabornikov Slovenije (Scout Association of Slovenia), 1915
  194. South Africa—SCOUTS South Africa, 1908
  195. South Sudan—South Sudan Scout Association, 2011
  196. Spain—Federació Catalana d'Escoltisme i Guiatge/FCEG (Catalonian Federation of Scouts and Guides)(WOSM sub-association+WAGGGS umbrella sub-federation)
  197. Spain—Federación de Escultismo en España/FEE (umbrella federation), 1978
  198. Spain—Federación de Scouts-Exploradores de España/ASDE Scouts de España (sub-association), 1912
  199. Spain—Movimiento Scout Católico/MSC (Catholic Scout Movement)(sub-association)
  200. Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka Scout Association, 1912
  201. Sudan—Sudan Scouts Association, 1935
  202. Suriname—Boy Scouts van Suriname, 1924
  203. Sweden—Scouterna - the Guides and Scouts of Sweden (WOSM+WAGGGS federation), 2012 [The other Swedish associations have more or less merged into Scouterna.]
  204. Sweden—Equmeniascout (formerly SMU Scout)(WOSM sub-association), 1931
  205. Sweden—Frälsningsarméns Scoutförbund (WOSM sub-association), 1916
  206. Sweden—KFUK-KFUMs Scoutförbund (WOSM sub-association), 1966
  207. Sweden—Nykterhetsrörelsens Scoutförbund (WOSM sub-association), 1970
  208. Sweden—Svenska Scoutförbundet (WOSM sub-association), 1960
  209. Switzerland—Pfadibewegung Schweiz [German]/Mouvement Scout de Suisse [French]/Movimento Scaut Svizzero [Italian] (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1912
  210. Syria—Scouts of Syria (WOSM+WAGGGS), 2008
  211. Taiwan—Scouts of China, 1912
  212. Tajikistan—Ittihodi Scouthoi Tochikiston/Associatsia Skautov Tadjikistana, 1991
  213. Tanzania—Tanzania Scouts Association, 1929
  214. Thailand—The National Scout Organization of Thailand, 1911
  215. Timor-Leste—União Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor-Leste/UNE-TL, 2005
  216. Togo—Association Scoute du Togo, 1920
  217. Trinidad and Tobago—The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago, 1911
  218. Tunisia—Les Scouts Tunisiens (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1934
  219. Turkey—Türkiye Izcilik Federasyonu (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1923
  220. Uganda—The Uganda Scouts Association, 1915
  221. Ukraine—National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine, 1908
  222. United Arab Emirates—Emirates Scout Association, 1972
  223. United Kingdom—The Scout Association, 1908
  224. United States—Boy Scouts of America, 1909
  225. Uruguay—Movimiento Scout del Uruguay, 1946
  226. Venezuela—Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela, 1913
  227. Vietnam—Pathfinder Scouts Vietnam, 1930
  228. Yemen—Yemen Scouts and Guides Association (WOSM+WAGGGS), 1954
  229. Zambia—Zambia Scouts Association, 1930
  230. Zimbabwe—The Scout 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
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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