European Scout Region (World Organization of the Scout Movement)

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European Scout Region
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Owner World Organization of the Scout Movement
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Membership 1.4 million
Regional Director David McKee
Chairperson Andrea Demarmels[1]
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The European Scout Region is the divisional office of the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with a satellite office in Brussels, Belgium, which focuses more on external relations and partnerships; and with some office staff working from home.



Jurisdiction of the European Scout Region; Andorra, with no Scouting organization, and those outside the Region, are in grey

The European Scout Region comprises 41 National Scout Organizations that are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and services Scouting in Western and Central Europe, excluding the former Soviet Republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, but inclusive, for cultural reasons, of Cyprus (technically not part of Europe, but a member-state of the European Union) and Turkey (which spans across two continents), and, for political ones, Israel.

All the formerly communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union have developed or are developing Scouting in the wake of the renaissance in the region. These include Albania, Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the successor states to Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the Baltic nations independent of the former Soviet Union. Of these, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary have been most successful in regrowing their Scout movements and are very well-developed, thanks in part to the existence of Scouts-in-Exile movements for the diaspora of each nation.


  • European Scout Region Conference
  • European Scout Region Committee
  • European Scout Region Offices
    • Geneva, Switzerland
    • Brussels, Belgium
  • European Scout Region Core & Working Groups

European Scout Conference[edit]

The 20th European Scout Conference was hosted by Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique and was held in Brussels, Belgium.

The Conference met on 17, 19, 20 and 21 July 2010 for six half-day working sessions.

European Regional Scout Committee[edit]

The European Regional Scout Committee is the executive body of the European Regional Scout Conference and is composed of six elected volunteer members.
The functions of the European Regional Scout Committee are:

  • To put into effect the resolutions of the European Regional Scout Conference and to fulfil any duty the European Regional Scout Conference may assign to it;
  • To fulfil tasks the Constitution of the World Organization of the Scout Movement assigns to it;
  • To act as an advisory body to the World Scout Committee;
  • To act as an advisory body for member organisations of the European Scout Region requiring advice and asssistance.

The members of the European Scout Committee are elected for a three-year term by the European Regional Scout Conference, and may be re-elected for an immediate second term. The members, elected without regard to their nationality, do not represent their country or National Scout Organisation but the interests of the Scout Movement as a whole, similar to Members of the World Scout Committee.
The Regional Director (professioinal position) and the Treasurer of the European Scout Region (volunteer position) are ex-officio members of the European Scout Committee. The Chairman of the European Scout Foundation also regularly attends meetings of the European Scout Committee.

Subregional groups[edit]

Nordic Activity Badge issued by the Nordisk Samarbeidskomité.

Regional Scouts administered directly by WOSM[edit]

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 in Geneva, as well as 84 Scouts of the European Coal and Steel Community, an early precursor to the European Union.


This region is the counterpart of the Europe Region of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The European Scout Region has strong connections to the Europe Region of WAGGGS. Both maintained a joint office in Brussels for some years[when?] and published a monthly newsletter called Eurofax (this newsletter was already published by the European Scout Office before the joint office was opened, and reverted to WOSM when the joint office closed; it is still in existence under the name Euro.Scout.Info).[citation needed]

Full members status is held to the European Youth Forum (YFJ) which operates within the Council of Europe and European Union areas and works closely with both these bodies.

A WOSM joint Eurasian-and-European Scout meeting was held in Kiev in April 2009.


European Scout Jamboree[edit]

Activity badge for EuroJam 2005

The European Region of WOSM is the organizer of the European Scout Jamboree, which has been organized twice, in both cases as a test case for a World Scout Jamboree organized in the same country within a few years. European jamborees are aimed at youth between the ages of 11 and 17, however many adults are involved as Scoutleaders or serve in the IST (International Staff/Service Team)

Past European Scout Jamborees include:

  • 1st European Scout Jamboree in Dronten, The Netherlands, 1994
  • 2nd European Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park (Chelmsford, United Kingdom), 2005

The European Scout Jamboree 2005 (EuroJam 2005) was held in the summer 2005 and lasted for 12 days between July 29 and August 10, in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, near Gilwell Park, an important campsite and training center for Scout Leaders. About 10,000 Scouts from 40 countries were involved; it was considered the biggest Scout gathering in Europe for over 10 years and 50 years in the United Kingdom.[citation needed] It was also a dry run allowing the organization team of the 21st World Scout Jamboree to test a number of aspects of the upcoming event, e.g. traffic issues, necessary infrastructures and logistics.


Roverway is a joint activity of the European Region of WOSM and the Europe Region of WAGGGS. It is open for youth aged 16 to 22 years. The activity was introduced in 2003 (as a follow-up to the Eurofolk event that existed from 1977 to 1997) and consists usually of two stages: a "journey" with small units of Scouts making their way to the main camp, which is the second stage.

Past and planned Roverways include:

European countries without Scouting organizations[edit]


Until 2014,[2] Beslidhja Skaut Albania was the recognised National Scout Organization in Albania.


Main article: Scouts d'Andorra

Andorra is one of only five[citation needed] of the world's independent countries that do not have Scouting. The population is sufficiently large to sustain Scouting, but the Scout association of the tiny enclave in the Pyrenees has been dormant since the 1980s and at present there is no Scouting movement.

Vatican City[edit]

There is currently no Scouting organization in Vatican City.

Non-WOSM European Scouting[edit]

Two other multinational Europe-specific Scout organizations exist, not linked to WOSM, the only geographic area to have such. These are the Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme and the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe.

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