Yemen Scouts and Guides Association

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Yemen Scouts and Guides Association
Yemen Scouts and Guides Association.png
جمعية الكشافة والمرشدات اليمنية
Country Yemen
Founded 1987
Membership 20,000
President Hamoud Mohammad Abad
Affiliation World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, World Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
yemenscouts.org
Scouting portal

The Yemen Scouts and Guides Association (Arabic: جمعية الكشافة والمرشدات اليمنية‎) is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Yemen. Scouting in Yemen started in 1927. The Yemen Scouts and Guides Associations was established in 1987.

The Boy Scout branch serves 6,481 members (as of 2004) and is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement since 1980. The Girl Guide branch has 13,472 members (as of 2003) and became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1990.

History[edit]

Scouting existed in all parts of Yemen at various times, including British Scouts in Aden, and a separate historical organization first in the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and then in the Federation of South Arabia.

The 17th Arab Regional Conference was held in Yemen in 1986.

The Yemen Scouts and Guides Associations was established through the merger of the Yemen Scout Association (founded in 1954) and the Yemen Republic Girl Guides Association (founded in 1962, later the People's Republic of Southern Yemen Guides Association) in 1987.

Activities[edit]

Yemen Scouts participate in basic Scouting activities, and in addition, they are involved in reforestation, literacy campaigns, and service to hospitals. Scouts have planted thousands of trees in this arid country and have learned modern ways to identify and treat plant diseases with the goal of increasing agricultural production.

Scouts are involved in rural areas by showing the community how to make safe drinking water and water filters out of common materials.

Scouts have participated in helping during natural disasters.

Motto[edit]

The Scout Motto is Kun Musta'idan or كن مستعداً, translating as Be Prepared in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is Kashaf or كشاف in Arabic.

Emblems[edit]

The old and new Scout emblems both incorporate elements of the coat of arms of Yemen. The new emblem shows more closely the Marib Dam.

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