National Scout Organization of Thailand

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National Scout Organization of Thailand
National Scout Organization of Thailand.png
Headquarters Bangkok
Location 154 Vajiravudh House, Rama I, Wangmai, Pratumwan, Bangkok 10330
Country Thailand
Founded July 1, 1911
Founder King Vajiravudh
Membership 828,248
Chief Scout King of Thailand
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
scoutthailand.org
 Scouting portal

The National Scout Organization of Thailand (NSOT; Thai: คณะลูกเสือแห่งชาติ, RTGS: Khana Luk Suea Haeng Chat) is the national Scouting organization of Thailand. Scouting was founded in Thailand in 1911 and was among the charter members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922. It is currently regulated by the Scouting Act, BE 2551 (2008). The organization has 828,248 members (as of 2013)[1] and is open to boys and girls.

Early history[edit]

Thai pupils in Scouting dress gathering at Na Wa High School, Nakhon Phanom province (Isan)

Scouting was first introduced in Thailand on July 1, 1911 by King Rama VI, who is known as the Father of Thai Scouting. Thailand claims to be the third country in the world to establish Scouting,[2] but it was more likely fourth. King Rama VI brought back the idea of Scouting from Great Britain where he studied.[2]

Abhai Chandavimol served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1965 to 1971. Five Thais have been honored with the Bronze Wolf, the highest distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded for execeptional services to Scouting. Recipients and the year they received the Bronze Wolf are: Abhai Chandavimol (1971), Dansuputra Chitra (1976), Visudharomn Kong (1980), and Bhethai Amatayakul (1984), and Bhumibol Adulyadej (2006).

Scouting and schools[edit]

The highest rank of the National Scout Organization of Thailand

Although Scouting is part of the school program, especially for grades 6-8, it is not actually mandatory. Options do exist for participation in other youth programs, such as the Thai Red Cross; however, the vast majority of Thai youth participate in Scouting. Scouts wear their Scout uniforms to school once a week, though which day of the week is set by the local schools.[2]

Programs[edit]

Badge for girls taking part in the Scout program

Thai youth are normally placed in a Scouting program based on the school grade they are in, not their age.


Program Grade Ages
Cub Scouts 1-3 7-9
Scouts 4-6 10-12
Senior Scouts 7-9 13-15
Rover 10 to young adults 16-25
Sea Scouts 10 to young adults 16-25
Air Scouts 10 to young adults 16-25

Sea Scouts are supported by the Royal Thai Navy and Air Scouts by the Royal Thai Air Force.

Scout ideals and methods[edit]

Colours of the National Scout Organization of Thailand
Colours of Thai Provincial Scout
  • Chief Scout: King of Thailand
  • King Scout: this award is available to Senior Scouts and is the Thai equivalent of the Eagle Scout award in American Scouting.
  • Scout Motto: "Better to die than to lie" (เสียชีพอย่าเสียสัตย์; RTGS: sia chip ya sia sat)
  • National Scout Day: July 1
  • The membership badge of The National Scout Organization of Thailand features the head of a tiger. The country is within the tiger's range. The badge also carries the Scout Motto.
Jamboree badge of the Asia Pacific Scout Region

Major Scouting events[edit]

Event Year
3rd Asia Pacific Scout Conference 1963
33rd World Scout Conference 1993
38th Asia Pacific Basic Management Course 1994
1st Asia Pacific Scout Camp & Hostel Management Workshop 1996
Asia-Pacific Seminar for Adult Resources Committee Chairmen & Executives 2001
20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, Chonburi Province 28 December 2002 - 7 January 2003
4th ASEAN Scout Jamboree in Sriracha, Chonburi Province 27 November 2013 - 4 December 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Thai Scouting". Thaiscouting.com. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 

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