Korea Scout Association

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Korea Scout Association
Korea Scout Association.png
한국 스카우트 연맹
Country South Korea
Founded 1922
Membership 201,455
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
 Scouting portal
Both the modern stylized emblem and this historic emblem feature the head of a tiger. Officially it symbolizes the "bravery of Korean Scouts". The Korean Peninsula was once within the tiger's historic range; this may also be an allusion to Korea's status as one of the Four Asian Tigers.

The Korea Scout Association is the national Scouting association of South Korea.

Scouting was founded in Korea in 1922 while under Japanese rule, and sent representatives to the first Far East Scouting competition in Beijing in 1924. However, it was banned by the occupation authorities from 1937 until August 15, 1945.[1] It existed in all areas of the Korean peninsula prior to the Korean War in 1950. World Organization of the Scout Movement recognition came in 1953. The total membership in 2011 was 201,455 registered Scouts.[2]

Dr. Yong-Woo Kim, the first Tiger Scout and former Minister of Korea was awarded the Bronze Wolf Award, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1975.

Program and ideals[edit]

Uniforms (left to right): Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout/Venture Scout, Rover Scout
Korea Scout Association
Hangul 한국 스카우트 연맹
Hanja 韓國스카우트聯盟
Revised Romanization Han-guk Seukauteu Yeonmaeng
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk Sŭkaut'ŭ Yŏnmaeng

The Tiger Scout is the highest rank and award the Scout and the Venture Scout may achieve.

An active Air Scout program is also popular.

The Scout Motto is 준비, pronounced jun bi, Preparation in Korean.

Officially the round-shaped outer petals of the new purple fleur-de-lis are based on the taeguk, symbolizing hope of reunification of the Korean peninsula.

World and regional events hosted[edit]

  • 17th World Scout Jamboree, 1991
  • 17th Asia Pacific Jamboree, 1996
  • Asia Pacific Regional Youth Forum, 1996
  • 21st Asia-Pacific/10th Korea National Jamboree, 2000
  • Asia-Pacific Workshop on Youth Programme, 2000
  • International Patrol Jamboree, 2002
  • Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on PR, ICT and Marketing, 2003

Scouting in North Korea[edit]

North Korea shared a common Scout history with South Korea until 1950, but at present is one of only five of the world's independent countries that do not have Scouting.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Korea Scout Association website. Retrieved 2006-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13.