Order of World Scouts
|The Order of World Scouts|
The emblem is based on the Fleur de lis of Florence
|Founded||November 11, 1911|
|Grand Scoutmaster||Michael John Foster|
The Order of World Scouts
The Order of World Scouts (OWS), founded in 1911, is the oldest international Scouting organisation. It is headquartered in England, with the administration headquarters in Italy. As of November 2008, the Order of World Scouts includes member associations in 14 countries-the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Peru, Jamaica, as well as two associations each for Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile and three associations in Mexico, and Ukraine.
The Order of World Scouts was formed by Sir Francis Vane upon the British Boy Scouts which had spread across the British Empire and the National Peace Scouts. The British Boy Scouts were formed in 1908 as the Battersea Boy Scouts. The Battersea Boy Scouts briefly registered with The Baden-Powell Boy Scouts in September 1908 but withdrew out of a concern that Baden-Powell's organisation was too bureaucratic and militaristic. The Battersea Boy Scouts (BBS) were reconstituted as the British Boy Scouts (BBS) and launched as a national organisation in March 1909.
Sir Francis Vane had been the Baden-Powell Boy Scouts London Commissioner. He felt that Scouting should be non-military and pushed for the Baden-Powell Boy Scouts to be a more democratic organization. Through mediation, Vane reconciled the British Boy Scouts with the Baden-Powell Boy Scouts by having the British Boy Scouts as an affiliated organisation. However, Baden-Powell appointed members of the National Service League, a pro-military group to his Boy Scouts Headquarters and Vane's position was eliminated. In a protest meeting, the London area Scoutmasters voted overwhelmingly in support of Sir Francis. Baden-Powell promised to reinstate Sir Francis but never did.
On December 3, 1909, Sir Francis Vane accepted the presidency of the British Boy Scouts taking most London area Troops with him. The Quakers' Birmingham and Midland Troops also followed. Vane was instrumental in gaining Quakers to sponsor Scout Troops. Support was given by George and Barrow Cadbury. This led to an association of pacifist organisations as the National Peace Scouts. The Order of World Scouts was an international extension of these efforts.
With Vane having an Italian summer home, he and his co-founder Remo Molinari were able to launch the Scouting Movement in Italy with the Italian Boy Scouts (Ragazzi Esploratori Italiani) in 1910.
In 1911, in France, Vane assisted Augustin Dufresne, a ship owner, to organise a French Scouting organisation.
With the spread of the British Boy Scouts program throughout the world via the CHUMS (paper)  and Vane's efforts, Vane informally aligned the various national scout organisations as the World Scouts, described as the "Legion of World Scouts", the first international organization, in 1911. Vane then launched The Order of World Scouts on 11 November 1911. This day was influenced by the French, as it was the day that Baldwin was crowned King of Jerusalem, on 11 November 1100 (St Martin's Day). Vane became the Grand Scoutmaster of the Order of World Scouts.
Representation covered 15 Countries (counting Ireland as being separate) being; the UK, Ireland, Italy, the United States (American Boy Scout), Canada, France, Belgium, India, South America, China, South Africa, Canada, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand.
Vane put his wealth behind the World Scouts, BBS and other national scout organisations: providing a London headquarters and financing the organisations, even the manufacture of scout uniforms not only for the BBS, but also for the Italian Scouts. This over burdened his finances to the point of having to declare bankruptcy. Thus the Order of World Scouts and BBS lost their headquarters, source of equipment and uniforms and their leader, Sir Francis Vane.
The World Scouts was left with member Troops in England (remaining to the present) and in Australia. The Australian BBS, proved more resilient than was initially thought. The 4th Alexandria (Australia) British Boy Scouts existed in the 1950s, and possibly beyond that date, Individual members in Australia corresponded with the British Chief Commissioner up until the late 1960s. Robert Campbell, an Australian Scout researcher, traced the BBS in Australia and credits the continuation of membership in Australia to the 1990s, when the Scouts of Australia became the successors to the BBS, which "Ceased activity in Australia c1950s but retains members".
In the mid 1980s expansion began again with members joining in Hawaii (USA). In the early 1990s, contact was made by a Scouting organisation in Australia, followed by Scouting organisations in other countries.
After contact in 1991 with the Independent Scouts of Australia Incorporated, the Order was more formally organised with the appointments of a BBS Commissioner for Australia in 1991 and a Chief Commissioner of BBS & BGS in Canada in 1999.
List of members
|Australia||British Boy Scouts (AU)||1911-1930s|
|Australia||Independent Australian Scouts||1991–present|
|Belgium||Troop based in De Panne||1911–1914|
|Canada||British Boy Scouts (Canada)||1911-1919|
|Canada||Canadian Independent Scout Association||1999-2000|
|China||The British Boy Scouts (Hong Kong)||1911–1914|
|Chile||FIDES Chile (Federación de escultismo Chilena) UTSA||2008–Present|
|Chile||Boy Scouts Woodcraft de Chile UTSA||2008–Present|
|Chile||Unión de Scouts de Chile UTSA||2008–Present|
|Dominican Republic||Dominican Republic UTSA||2008–Present|
|Egypt||The British Boy Scouts (Egypt)||1911–1914|
|Hawaii (USA)||Order of World Scouts Hawaii||1985-2000|
|India||The British Boy Scouts (India)||1911–1914|
|Ireland||British Boy Scouts (Ireland)||1911–1914|
|Italy||Italian Boy Scouts (Ragazzi Esploratori Italiani)||1911–1914|
|Italy||National Scout Training School (Scuola Nazionale Formazione Scout)||2002–Present|
|Jamaica||Girl Scouts of Jamaica||2008–Present|
|Mexico||Scouts Mexicanos AC||2008–Present|
|New Zealand||The British Boy Scouts (New Zealand)||1911–1914|
|Peru||The Peruvian Association of Scouts Around the World
(Asociacion Peruana de los Scouts Del Mundo)
|Poland||Harcerska Gromada Wilkow||2010–Present|
|Poland||Stowarzyszenie Harcerskie Knieja||2012–Present|
|South America||The British Boy Scouts (Creillos, South America)||1911–1914|
|South Africa||The British Boy Scouts (South Africa)||1911–1914|
|Ukraine||Organization of Ukrainian Scouts|
|United Kingdom||British Boy Scouts||1911-present|
|United Kingdom||British Girl Scouts||1911–present|
|United Kingdom||British Girl's Nursing Corps||1911–1912|
|United Kingdom||The Order of the Redeemer||1914–Present|
|United Kingdom||Scout History Association|
|United States||American Boy Scouts||1911-1912|
Italian Boy Scouts
|Italian Boy Scouts|
|Ragazzi Esploratori Italiani|
|Founded||July 12, 1910|
|Affiliation||Order of World Scouts|
Italian Boy Scouts (IBS) was the first Scouting association in Italy founded by Francis Vane and Remo Molinari lasting from 1910 to 1914. While short lasting, its existence influenced others to start other scouting organizations in Italy.
Francis Vane's winter home was in Bagni di Lucca, Italy in the Apennine Mountains. Vane started a troop at a local school which spread the ideals of the scouting movement and the backing of the Catholic Church. On July 12, 1910, an official launch of the Italian Boy Scouts at the Lawn Tennis Club in Bagni, followed with a royal inspection on November 6, 1910 at by King Victor Emmanuel with the co-founders of a troop of 30 boys. The royal inspection led to the patronage of the Italy King for the organization with the King becoming president of the Italian movement. For Rome organizer, Prince Di Cassano was appointed to the position. Initially, the REI had a long 10 point Scout Oath, but was replaced in 1911 with a shorter 9 point Oath.
The National Peace Scout Lily badge was initial used by Vane for the Italian Scouts plus a variant with "Be Prepared" beneath the lily for the Bagni troop. This was soon replaced by Italian overly ornate designed lily. Being too ornated, this was replaced by a stone lily in the Lanaivoli Fiorenti Chapel in the Church of Corpoazioni Medioevali di S. Agostino found by a scout.
- "The BBS Story". boy-scout.net. Dorset, England, UK: The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association. 2002-06-18. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
- YOUTH AND EMPIRE, J O Springhall PhD Thesis Sussex 1968 (unpublished). Pages 211-249 deal with the history of the BBS from inception to 1914, and includes details of the protest meeting, and following events
- MS Complete History of the Order of World Scouts, BBS Archives, Version 2008, Tarrant Hinton Dorset
- Working Class Movement Library: Sir Francis Patrick Fletcher Vane, Bt.
- Christopher Wagner (2002-02-06). "Boy Scout Movement: Internationalism--Order of World Scouts". Historic Boys' Uniform Web Site. Christopher Wagner. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- The Order of World Scouts history
- BBS Letterhead early 1911, held in the BBS Archives, Tarrant Hinton Dorset
- Victor M. Alexieff (September 1982). "Other Youth Programs". SOSSI Journal Vol. 37, No. 9. SOSSI. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- "Story". The Order of World Scouts. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- "The Constitution of the British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association Version 18/06/2002: APPENDIX D -- A History of the British Boy Scouts". boy-scout.net. Dorset, England, UK: The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association. March 2001. pp. 24–27. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Furia, Mauro, Storia Del Ragazzi Esploratori Italiani, Centro Studi Scout, Langhirano, Italia, 1990.
- see http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/b/3/5/doc/b35047.shtml
- Verbal information given to Dr Michael Foster and archived in the BBS Archives Tarrant Hinton Dorset by Ted Scott a Scoutmaster in Balham, who later became the Grand Scoutmaster (1993-2000)
- see http://www.netpages.free-online.co.uk/scoutaus/History-TimeLine2.html
- As reported in the Journal "The British Scout" ISSN 0266-2264 September 1985, back page
- "The Order of World Scouts history". boy-scout.net. Dorset, England, UK: The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association. 1997. Archived from the original on 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- The Australian organisation was known as "Independent Scouts of Australia Incorporated" 1986-1992, then "Scouts of Australia" 1992-2001, and finally reverting to the previous name for legal reasons, minus the addition of "Incorporated" in 2001
- Union of Traditional Scouts of America
- http://www.boy-scout.net/en/page45/page45.html The Union of Traditional Scouts of America homepage
- http://www.boy-scout.net/en/page3/page0/page0.html Order of World Scouts Constitution
- Appendix 5, MS Complete History of the Order of World Scouts, Version 2008 BBS Archives
- Order of World Scouts Story
- British Scout 0266-2264 September 1985 back page
- The HQ was in Madras Appendix 5, MS The Complete History of the Order of World Scouts, Version 2008, BBS Archives Tarrant Hinton Dorset
- BBS Troops were based in Belfast, Blackrock, Cork, and Dublin Appendix 5 MS The Complete History of the World Scouts, Version 2008 BBS Archives Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
- "6) The Ragazzi Esploratori Italiani Scout Oaths 1910 and 1911.". The British Boy Scouts Pledge and Law: an historical survey. Scout Historical Association. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
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- homepage The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association
- Scouts of Australia
- homepage Ls-Drzewo Pokoju (Poland)
- The Order of the Redeemer
- homepage Organization of Ukrainian Scouts (Ukraine)
- Homepage Agrupacion de Escultismo Woodcraft de Chile - Woodcraft Chile