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World Organization of the Scout Movement
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World Organization of the Scout Movement

Headquarters

Geneva, Switzerland

Country

worldwide

Founded

1920

Founder

Robert Baden-Powell

Membership

28 million

Secretary General

Luc Panissod

WSC Chairman

William F. “Rick” Cronk

Website

World Organization of the Scout Movement

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is the Non-governmental international organization which governs most national Scout Organizations, with 28 million members. WOSM was established in 1920, and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the counterpart of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).


The mission of WOSM is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Scout Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.[1] WOSM is organized into regions and operates with a conference, committee and bureau.

World Scout Conference

The World Scout Conference (WSC) is the governing body and meets every three years, preceded by the World Scout Youth Forum. The World Scout Conference is the general assembly of Scouting and is composed of six delegates from each of the member Scout associations. If a country has more than one association, the associations form a federation for coordination and world representation. The basis for recognition and membership in the World Scout Conference includes adherence to the aims and principles of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and independence from political involvement on the part of each member association.[2]


The Conference meets every three years and is hosted by a member association. At the World Scout Conference basic cooperative efforts are agreed upon and a plan of mutual coordination is adopted. The Conference directed the move of the World Scout Bureau from Ottawa, Canada to Geneva on May 1, 1968.[3]


Date Number
Location
Member Countries
1920 First World Scout Conference
London
33
1922 Second World Scout Conference
Paris
32
1924 Third World Scout Conference
Copenhagen
34
1926 Fourth World Scout Conference
Kandersteg
29
1929 Fifth World Scout Conference
Birkenhead
33
1931 Sixth World Scout Conference
Baden bei Wien
44
1933 Seventh World Scout Conference
Gödöllő
31
1935 Eighth World Scout Conference
Stockholm
28
1937 Ninth World Scout Conference
The Hague
34
1939 10th World Scout Conference
Edinburgh
27
1947 11th World Scout Conference
Château de Rosny-sur-Seine
27
1949 12th World Scout Conference
Elvesaeter
25
1951 13th World Scout Conference
Salzburg
34
1953 14th World Scout Conference
Vaduz
35
1955 15th World Scout Conference
Niagara Falls, Ontario
44
1957 16th World Scout Conference
Cambridge
52
1959 17th World Scout Conference
New Delhi
35
1961 18th World Scout Conference
Lisbon
50
1963 19th World Scout Conference
Rhodes
52
1965 20th World Scout Conference
Mexico City
59
1967 21st World Scout Conference
Seattle
70
1969 22nd World Scout Conference
Otaniemi
64
1971 23rd World Scout Conference
Tokyo
71
1973 24th World Scout Conference
Nairobi
77
1975 25th World Scout Conference
Lundtoft
87
1977 26th World Scout Conference
Montreal
81
1979 27th World Scout Conference
Birmingham
81
1981 28th World Scout Conference
Dakar
74
1983 29th World Scout Conference
Dearborn 90
1985 30th World Scout Conference
Munich
93
1988 31st World Scout Conference
Melbourne
77
1990 32nd World Scout Conference
Paris

1993 33rd World Scout Conference
Sattahip

1996 34th World Scout Conference
Oslo
108
1999 35th World Scout Conference
Durban
116
2002 36th World Scout Conference
Thessaloniki
126
2005 37th World Scout Conference
Hammamet
122
2008 38th World Scout Conference
Jeju-do
150
2011 39th World Scout Conference
Curitiba

World Scout Committee

World Scout Emblem 1939-1955

1939-1955 version of the World Scout Emblem, used by the World Scout Committee


The World Scout Committee is the chief executive body of the World Scout Conference and is composed of elected volunteers. The World Scout Committee represents World Scout Conference between the meetings of the full conference. The World Scout Committee is responsible for the implementation of the resolutions of the World Scout Conference and for acting on its behalf between its meetings. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in Geneva, Switzerland. Its Steering Committee, consisting of the Chairman, two Vice-Chairmen and the Secretary General, meet as needed.[4]


The Committee is composed of 14 members. Twelve, each from a different country, are elected for six-year terms by the World Scout Conference. The members, elected without regard to their nationality, do not represent their country but the interests of the Movement as a whole. The Secretary General and the Treasurer of WOSM are ex-officio members of the Committee. The chairmen of the regional Scout committees participate in the World Scout Committee meetings in a consultative capacity.[5]


The World Scout Committee has set up work streams to address the top strategic priorities, as defined by the World Scout Conference, which at present include:
* Youth involvement
* Volunteers in Scouting
* Scouting's profile (communications, partnerships, resources)


Standing committees include:
* Audit
* Budget
* Constitutions
* Honours and Awards
*Working With Others- a consultative committee of the WOSM and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), composed of members of the World Committee/World Board of both organizations
* 2007 Task Force for the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, composed of members of the World Scout Committee, World Scout Bureau, World Scout Foundation, and The Scout Association of the United Kingdom

Current members of the World Scout Committee

Name
Country
Term to
William F. "Rick" Cronk
Chairman, USA
2011
Dr. Mario Díaz Martínez
Vice-Chairman, Spain
2011
Simon Hang-Bock Rhee
Vice-Chairman, Korea
2014
Mrs. Thérèse Bermingham
Ireland
2011
Eric Khoo Heng-Pheng
Malaysia
2014
Georges El Ghorayeb
Lebanon
2011
Wahid Labidi
Tunisia
2014
John C.C. May
United Kingdom
2014
John Neysmith
Canada
2014
Nkwenkwe Nkomo
South Africa
2011
Oscar Palmquist
Brazil
2014
Gualtiero Zanolini
Italy
2011
Luc Panissod
Secretary General, WOSM
Maurice Machenbaum
Treasurer, Switzerland

Bronze Wolf

The Bronze Wolf is the only distinction awarded by WOSM, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting. It was first awarded to Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell by a unanimous decision of the then-International Committee on the day of the institution of the Bronze Wolf in Stockholm in 1935.


World Scout Bureau

World Organization of the Scout Movement map

The World Scout Bureau is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices in six regional divisions:
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The World Scout Bureau (WSB, formerly the International Bureau) is the secretariat that carries out the instructions of the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Committee. The WSB is administered by the secretary general, who is supported by a small staff of technical resource personnel. The bureau staff helps associations improve and broaden their Scouting by training professionals and volunteers, establishing finance policies and money-raising techniques, improving community facilities and procedures, and assisting in marshaling the national resources of each country behind Scouting.[6]


The staff also helps arrange global events such as the World Scout Jamborees, encourages regional events, and acts as a liaison between the Scouting movement and other international organizations. A major effort in the emerging nations is the extension of the universal Good Turn into an organization-wide effort for community development.[7]


The World Organization of the Scout Movement is associated with the three World Scout Centres. The World Scout Jamboree is held roughly every four years under the auspices of the WOSM, with members of WAGGGS also invited. WOSM also organises the World Scout Moot, a Jamboree for 17-26 year olds, and has organised the World Scout Indaba, a gathering for Scout leaders. The World Scout Foundation is a perpetual fund governed by a separate Board of Governors and supported by donations for the development of Scouting programs throughout the world.


World Bureau (World Organization of the Scout Movement)


The WOSM is the non-governmental organization (NGO), that represents the Scouting movement at the United Nations.[8] The WOSM and WAGGGS both have General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the United Nations.[9]


World Scout Centres

World Scout Centre is a brand of the WOSM and actually used by three Scouting facilities in different countries. These facilities are operated by the corresponding regional divisions or by independent bodies:
* Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland, operated by the Scouts International Home association
* Cairo International Scout Centre in Egypt, operated by the Arab Region
* Picarquín World Scout Centre in Chile, operated by the Interamerican Region


Badge

The WOSM membership badge, called the World Crest, is a purple, circular badge with a fleur-de-lis in the center, surrounded by a piece of rope tied with a reef knot (also called a square knot). The fleur-de-lis is an ancient symbol, originally used by Baden-Powell for the enlisted scouts of the British Army and subsequently adopted and modified for Scouting. The arrowhead represents the North point on a compass, and is intended to point Scouts on the path to service and unity. The three points on the fleur-de-lis represent the three duties, to God, self and others. The two five-point stars stand for truth and knowledge, with the ten points representing the ten points of the Scout Law (see below). The bond at the base of the fleur-de-lis shows the family of Scouting. The encircling rope symbolizes the unity and family of the World Scout Movement.


History

As a result of the first World Scout Jamboree at Olympia, London in 1920, leaders there created the Boy Scouts' International Conference. All 31 nations represented at Olympia were the charter members. A Bureau was established at 25, Buckingham Palace Road, London, and the then United Kingdom International Commissioner, Hubert S. Martin, was appointed as Honorary Director. The Boy Scouts' International Conference was later superseded by the World Scout Conference.


The needs of Scout youth in unusual situations has created some interesting permutations, answerable directly to the World Scout Bureau. For years there was an active Boy Scouts of the United Nations with several troops at Parkway Village in New York City, with but 14 members in 1959. Also directly registered to the World Bureau were the 900 member International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone,[10] as well as 84 Scouts of the European Coal and Steel Community, an early precursor to the European Union.


Scouting 'round the World 1977 edition

Publication: Scouting 'round the World, 1977 edition


Publications

Publications of WOSM include:
* Scouting 'Round the World: a book updated every three years with details on all WOSM member organizations;
* WorldInfo: a monthly circular distributed in electronic format with the help of Scoutnet.


See also

* List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members
* J. S. Wilson
* László Nagy
* Scouts of the World Award


References

Bibliography

  • Facts on World Scouting, Boy Scouts International Bureau, Ottawa, Canada, 1961
  • Laszlo Nagy, 250 Million Scouts, The World Scout Foundation and Dartnell Publishers, 1985

Notes

  1. "The Mission of Scouting". World Organization of the Scout Movement. 2007. http://www.scout.org/en/about_scouting/mission_vision. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  2. "World Scouting". WOSM World Scouting. http://www.scouting.org/international/worldscout.html#wsc. Retrieved February 1, 2006. 
  3. Laszlo Nagy (1921 - 2009) / Secretary General / World Bureau / Governance / Our Organisation / Home - World Organization of the Scout Movement
  4. "World Scout Committee". WOSM World Scouting. http://www.scout.org/en/our_organisation/governance/world_committee. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 

  5. "World Scouting"
    . WOSM World Scouting. http://www.scouting.org/international/worldscout.html#wsc
    . Retrieved 2006-02-01.
     
  6. "World Scouting". WOSM World Scouting. http://www.scouting.org/international/worldscout.html. Retrieved February 2, 2006. 
  7. "World Scout Bureau fact sheet". WOSM World Scouting. http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-505.aspx. Retrieved February 2, 2006. 
  8. "World Organization". World Organization of the Scout Movement. 2007. http://www.scout.org/en/our_organisation/governance/world_organisation. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  9. "How We Work With The UN". World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. 2007. http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/issues/WAGGGS_and_the_UN/How_we_work_with_the_UN/wbank. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  10. Wilson, John S. (1959). "The International Bureau Goes on the Road". Scouting Round the World (first edition ed.). London: Blandford Press. pp. 134. ""At Balboa we met up with Gunnar Berg and Ray Wyland of the B.S.A., also on their way to Bogota, and had a conference about the question of coloured Scouts in the Canal Zone, who claim British and not Panamanian nationality. It was agreed that they should be taken under the wing of the Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of America, but ten years later they were transferred directly under the International Bureau as the International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone."" 


External links

* World Scout Conference
* World Scout Committee
* World Scout Bureau
* Secretary General of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement