List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members

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Since its conception in 1907, the Scouting movement has spread from the United Kingdom to 216 countries and territories around the world. There are over 38 million Scouts and Guides worldwide, with 161 national organisations governed by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and a nearly equal number governed by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Table of World Organization of the Scout Movement members[edit]

The World Organization of the Scout Movement recognizes at most one Scouting organization per country. Some countries have several organizations combined as a federation, with different component groups divided on the basis of religion (e.g., France and Denmark), ethnic identification (e.g., Israel), or language (e.g., Belgium). Canada is the only country to have two distinct recognized associations, which are divided by language.

Country Membership
(from 2012) [1]
Name of member organization Year current Scouting organization joined WOSM [2] Year member organization was founded [2] Admits boys/girls
Albania 1,065 Beslidhja Skaut Albania 2005 2004 both
Algeria 33,622 Scouts Musulmans Algériens 1963 1934 both
Angola 16,179 Associação de Escuteiros de Angola 1998 1998 both
Argentina 42,779 Scouts de Argentina 1922 1912 both
Armenia 2,119 Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun 1997 1912 both
Australia 65,881 Scouts Australia 1953 1908 both
Austria 10,439 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs 1922/1946 1912 both
Azerbaijan 1,091 Azərbaycan Skaut Assosiasiyasi 2000 1997 both
The Bahamas 1,521 The Scout Association of the Bahamas 1974 1913 both
Bahrain 1,790 Boy Scouts of Bahrain 1970 1953 boys only
Bangladesh 958,243 Bangladesh Scouts 1974 1972 both
Barbados 2,184 Barbados Boy Scouts Association 1969 1912 boys only
Belarus 1,201 Belarusian Republican Scout Association 1989 1909 both
Belgium 97,489 Guides and Scouts Movement of Belgium (federation of several organizations) 1922 1911 both
Belize 1,224 The Scout Association of Belize 1987 1911 both
Benin 5,226 Scoutisme Béninois 1964 1932 both
Bhutan 21,294 Bhutan Scout Tshogpa 1999 1991 both
Bolivia 7,894 Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia 1950 1915 both
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,941 Savez izviđača Bosne i Hercegovine 1999 1999/2011 both
Botswana 3,898 The Botswana Scouts Association 1958 1936 boys only
Brazil 70,388 União dos Escoteiros do Brasil 1922 1910 both
Brunei 1,904 Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam 1981 1933 both
Bulgaria 1,095 Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty 1999 1911–1913 both
Burkina Faso 9,700 Fédération Burkinabé du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1972 1943 both
Burundi 28,559 Association des Scouts du Burundi 1979 1940 both
Cambodia 10,061 National Association of Cambodian Scouts 2008 2000 both
Cameroon 4,501 Les Scouts du Cameroun 1971 1937 both
Canada 116,044 Scouts Canada, with which is affiliated the Association des Scouts du Canada 1946 1908 both
Cape Verde 733 Associação dos Escuteiros de Cabo Verde 2002 2002 NA
Chad 14,500 Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien (federation of several organizations) 1974 1960 both
Chile 19,672 Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile 1922/1974 1909 both
Republic of China (Taiwan) 49,057 Scouts of China 1937 1912 both
Colombia 11,118 Asociación Scouts de Colombia 1933 1917 both
Comoros 1,725 Wezombeli 1990 1975 both
Democratic Republic of the Congo 71,443 Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo 1963 1924 both
Costa Rica 11,297 Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica 1925 1915 both
Côte d'Ivoire 8,335 Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1972 1937 both
Croatia 3,155 Savez izviđača Hrvatske 1993 1915 both
Cyprus 5,328 Cyprus Scouts Association 1961 1913 both
Czech Republic 23,074 Junák – svaz skautů a skautek ČR 1922/1990/1996 1911 both
Denmark 39,829 Fællesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (federation of several organizations) 1922 1909 both
Dominica 1,100 The Scout Association of Dominica 1990 1929 both
Dominican Republic 1,269 Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos 1930 1926 both
Ecuador 3,006 Asociación de Scouts del Ecuador 1922 1920 both
Egypt 82,940 Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides (federation of several organizations) 1922 1914 both
El Salvador 4,477 Asociación de Scouts de El Salvador 1940 1938 both
Estonia 1,423 Eesti Skautide Ühing 1922/1996 1911/1989 both
Ethiopia 60,191 Ethiopia Scout Association 2002 1950 both
Fiji 7,284 Fiji Scouts Association 1971 1914 both
Finland 43,811 Suomen Partiolaiset - Finlands Scouter ry 1922 1910 both
France 75,547 Scoutisme Français (federation of several organizations) 1922 1910 both
Gabon 3,736 Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1971 1936 both
Gambia 18,422 The Gambia Scout Association 1984 1921 both
Georgia 1,568 Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia 1997 1994 both
Germany 112,503 Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (federation of several organizations) 1950 1910 both
Ghana 3,818 The Ghana Scout Association 1960 1912 both
Greece 15,218 Soma Hellinon Proskopon 1922 1910 both
Grenada 1,367 The Scout Association of Grenada 1979 1924 both
Guatemala 4,905 Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala 1930 1928 both
Guinea 10,522 Association Nationale des Scouts de Guinée 1990/2005 1984 NA
Guyana 399 The Scout Association of Guyana 1967 1909 both
Haiti 43,605 Scouts d'Haïti 1932/1940 1916 both
Honduras 1,473 Asociación de Scouts de Honduras 1957 1952 both
Hong Kong 66,895 The Scout Association of Hong Kong 1977 1914 both
Hungary 10,068 Magyar Cserkészszövetség 1922/1990 1912 both
Iceland 3,938 Bandalag Íslenskra Skáta 1924 1912 both
India 3,371,408 The Bharat Scouts and Guides 1938 1909 both
Indonesia 21,599,748 Gerakan Pramuka 1953 1912 both
Ireland 42,666 Scouting Ireland 1949 1908 both
Israel 25,684 Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (federation of several organizations) 1951 1920 both
Italy 102,066 Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo 1922/1946 1912 both
Jamaica 2,235 The Scout Association of Jamaica 1963 1910 both
Japan 111,180 Scout Association of Japan 1922/1950 1913 both
Jordan 15,521 Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides 1955 1954 both
Kazakhstan 1,103 Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan 2008 1992 both
Kenya 323,884 The Kenya Scouts Association 1964 1910 both
Kiribati 1,333 Kiribati Scout Association 1993 1993 both
South Korea 190,539 Korea Scout Association 1953 1922 both
Kuwait 5,950 Kuwait Boy Scouts Association 1955 1952 boys only
Latvia 847 Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrālā Organizācija 1993 1917 both
Lebanon 14,533 Lebanese Scouting Federation (federation of several organizations) 1947 1912 both
Lesotho 371 Lesotho Scouts Association 1971 1936 boys only
Liberia 2,418 Boy Scouts of Liberia 1922/1965 1922 boys only
Libya 14,716 Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement 1958 1954 both
Liechtenstein 753 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins 1933 1931 both
Lithuania 1,446 Lietuvos Skautija 1997 1918 both
Luxembourg 7,083 Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association (federation of several organizations) 1922 1914 both
Republic of Macedonia 1,151 Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija 1997 1921 both
Madagascar 38,262 Firaisan'ny Skotisma eto Madagasikara (federation of several organizations) 1960 1921 both
Malawi 12,810 The Scout Association of Malawi 2005 1996 NA
Malaysia 44,016 Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia 1957 1911 both
Maldives 4,633 The Scout Association of Maldives 1990 1963 both
Malta 2,968 The Scout Association of Malta 1966 1908 both
Mauritania 3,724 Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie 1983 1947 both
Mauritius 3,463 The Mauritius Scout Association 1971 1912 both
Mexico 33,487 Asociación de Scouts de México, A.C. 1926 1920 both
Moldova 2,042 Organizaţia Naţionala A Scouţilor Din Moldova 1997 1921 both
Monaco 1,001 Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco 1990 1990 both
Mongolia 10,445 Mongolyn Skautyn Kholboo 1994 1992 both
Montenegro 768 Savez Izviđača Crne Gore 2008 2006 both
Morocco 12,304 Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain 1961 1933 both
Mozambique 21,487 Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique 1999 1960 both
Namibia 2,836 Scouts of Namibia 1990 1917 both
Nepal 19,010 Nepal Scouts 1969 1952 both
Netherlands 47,655 Scouting Nederland 1922 1910 both
New Zealand 17,939 Scouting New Zealand 1953 1908 both
Nicaragua 1,011 Asociación de Scouts de Nicaragua 1946 1917 both
Niger 3,300 Association des Scouts du Niger 1996 1947 both
Nigeria 46,701 Boy Scouts of Nigeria 1961 1915 boys only
Norway 17,279 Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (federation of several organizations) 1922 1911 both
Oman 12,847 The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides 1977 1948 both
Pakistan 630,476 Pakistan Boy Scouts Association 1948 1947 boys only
Palestinian Authority 33,629 Palestinian Scout Association 1996 1912 both
Panama 2,254 Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá 1924/1950 1924 both
Papua New Guinea 3,509 The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea 1976 1926 boys only
Paraguay 1,210 Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay 1962 1960 both
Peru 6,724 Asociación de Scouts del Perú 1922 1916 both
Philippines 1,760,309 Boy Scouts of the Philippines 1946 1923 both
Poland 33,506 Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego 1922/1996 1918 both
Portugal 79,063 Federação Escotista de Portugal 1922 1913 both
Qatar 4,528 The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar 1965 1955 both
Romania 2,629 Cercetaşii României 1993 1914 both
Russia 7,186 Russian Association of Scouts/Navigators 2004 1909 both
Rwanda 18,859 Association des Scouts du Rwanda 1975 1940 both
Saint Lucia 355 The Saint Lucia Scout Association 1990 1910 both
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 353 The Scout Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1990 1911 both
San Marino 147 Associazione Guide Esploratori Cattolici Sammarinesi 1990 1973 both
Saudi Arabia 19,260 Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association 1963 1961 boys only
Senegal 9,857 Confédération Sénégalaise du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1963 1930 both
Serbia 4,408 Savez Izviđača Srbije 1995 1911 both
Seychelles 169 Seychelles Scout Association 1927 2002 both
Sierra Leone 11,587 Sierra Leone Scouts Association 1964 1909 both
Singapore 11,451 The Singapore Scout Association 1966 1910 both
Slovakia 3,349 Slovenský skauting 1922/1990/1997 1913 both
Slovenia 5,494 Zveza tabornikov Slovenije 1994 1915 both
South Africa 69,316 Scouts South Africa 1937 1908 both
South Sudan 2,000 South Sudan Scout Association[3] 2013 2011 both
Spain 59,408 Federación de Escultismo en España 1922/1978 1912 both
Sri Lanka 40,925 Sri Lanka Scout Association 1953 1912 both
Sudan 14,682 Sudan Scouts Association 1956 1935 boys only
Suriname 2,601 Boy Scouts van Suriname 1968 1924 both
Swaziland 6,843 Swaziland Boy Scouts Association 1968 1928 boys only
Sweden 43,729 Svenska Scoutrådet (federation of several organizations) 1922 1911 both
Switzerland 23,263 Swiss Guide and Scout Movement 1922 1912 both
Syria 9,260 Scouts of Syria 2008 1912/1949 both
Tajikistan 1,062 Ittihodi Scouthoi Tojikiston 1997 1991 both
Tanzania 538,933 Tanzania Scouts Association 1963 1929 both
Thailand 828,248 The National Scout Organization of Thailand 1922 1911 both
Togo 9,196 Association Scoute du Togo 1977 1920 both
Trinidad and Tobago 8,686 The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago 1963 1911 both
Tunisia 18,494 Les Scouts Tunisiens 1957 1933 both
Turkey 40,579 Türkiye İzcilik Federasyonu 1950 1923 both
Uganda 116,054 The Uganda Scouts Association 1964 1915 both
Ukraine 2,429 National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine 2008 2007 both
United Arab Emirates 5,830 Emirates Scout Association 1977 1972 boys only
United Kingdom 528,263 The Scout Association 1922 1907 both
United States 2,988,612 Boy Scouts of America 1922 1910 both for Venturing, boys only for non-Venturing
Uruguay 1,544 Movimiento Scout del Uruguay 1950 1946 both
Venezuela 14,893 Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela 1937 1913 both
Yemen 6,481 Yemen Scouts and Guides Association - Scout branch 1980 1927 boys only
Zambia 7,396 Zambia Scouts Association 1965 1930 both
Zimbabwe 5,880 The Boy Scouts Association of Zimbabwe 1980 1909 boys only

Non-sovereign territories with independent WOSM member organizations[edit]

Countries and territories with Scouting run by overseas branches of WOSM member organizations[edit]

Ten of these overseas branches of accredited National Scout Organizations are considered "potential members" by the WOSM (marked by *).[4]

Sovereign countries[edit]

Served by the Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Served by The Scout Association (UK)[edit]

Served by Scouts Australia[edit]

Non-sovereign territories[edit]

Australia[edit]

Denmark[edit]

France[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

'Potential member countries' listed by WOSM[edit]

In 2008, WOSM listed 29 sovereign countries as potential members. From this list, South Sudan Scout Association became an official member, on 1 May 2013.[3]

Countries with no Scouting organization[edit]

In 2008, WOSM listed six sovereign countries as without Scouting; the list omitted Vatican City, which is also without Scouting. The People's Republic of China and Burma, with assistance from the Asia-Pacific Region, now have Scout associations in their infancy, hence they have been moved to the next section.

Other status[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WOSM MEMBERSHIP as at 31st December 2012". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Some statistics". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b "South Sudan joins World Scouting family". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Scouting elsewhere". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  5. ^ http://www.scout.org/en/around_the_world/asia_pacific/information_events/news/exciting_developments_of_scouting_in_myanmar
  • World Scout Bureau (1979), Scouting 'round the World. Le scoutisme à travers le monde. 1979 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (1990), Scouting 'round the World. Facts and Figures on the World Scout Movement. 1990 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0

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