Asia Pacific Region (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)

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WAGGGS Asia Pacific Region
Asia Pacific Region (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts).svg
Country 25 countries in Asia and Oceania
Founded 1969
Membership 2.6 million
 Scouting portal
Jurisdiction of the WAGGGS-Asia Pacific Region; the countries with no Guiding organization, and those outside the Region, are in grey

The WAGGGS-Asia Pacific Region is the divisional office of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, headquartered in Makati City, Philippines; Australia; and Japan. The WAGGGS-Asia Pacific Region services Guiding in the land area of Asia south of Russia-in-Asia and the bulk of the Pacific Basin.[1]

All the formerly communist states of Central Asia and the Soviet Union have developed or are developing Guiding in the wake of the renaissance in the region. For several years, communism repressed Guiding in Afghanistan, where it has newly returned, as well as in Mongolia, which had been the first Soviet satellite state since 1924.

This region is the counterpart of the Asia-Pacific Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). There is no WAGGGS Region corresponding to the World Organization of the Scout Movement Eurasian Region; postSoviet nations are divided between the WAGGGS-Europe Region and the WAGGGS-Asia Pacific Region.

Member organisations[edit]

Founding members[edit]

Twelve member organisations (from Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Philippines and Pakistan) formed the original Asia Pacific Region in 1969.

Full list of member organisations[edit]

The year in the 'date joined' column refers to the year the organisation was granted membership to the Asia Pacific Region of WAGGGS, not the year Guiding started in that country.

Country Member Organisation Date joined Number of members (approximate) Notes
Australia Girl Guides Australia Founding Member 30,000
Bangladesh Bangladesh Girl Guides Association (বাংলাদেশ গার্ল গাইড্‌স অ্যাসোসিয়েশন) 1973 50,000
Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam (Persatuan Pandu Puteri Brunei Darussalam (PPP)) 1996 1,600
Cambodia Girl Guides Association of Cambodia (ខេមរៈកាយារិទ្ធិនារី, Khemarak Kayarith Neary) 2002 1,400
Cook Islands The Girl Guides Cook Islands Association 1993 1,100
Fiji Fiji Girl Guides Association 1981 1,800
Hong Kong Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (香港女童軍總會) 1978 55,000
India The Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG, भारत स्काउट्स एवं गाइड्स) Founding Member 1,300,000 Originally included present-day Bangladesh and Pakistan. BSG has a boys' section as well. The number of members here only includes their girl members.
Japan Girl Scouts of Japan (ガールスカウト日本連盟 Gārusukauto Nippon Renmei) Founding Member 61,000
Kiribati The Girl Guides Association of Kiribati 1990 450
Korea (South) Girl Scouts Korea (걸스카우트) Founding Member 78,500 Co-educational group. Member numbers here only includes girls.
Malaysia Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia (PPPM, Girl Guides Malaysia) Founding Member 74,000
Maldives Maldives Girl Guide Association (MGGA, ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ގާލްގައިޑް އެސޯސިއޭޝަން) 1994 7,500
Mongolia Girl Scout Association of Mongolia (Монголын Эмэгтэй Скаутын Холбоо, Mongoliyn Emegteǐ Scoutiyn Kholboo) 2005 1,050 newest member organisation
Nepal Nepal Scouts (नेपाल स्काउट) 1984 20,000 Nepal Scouts has a boys' section as well. Numbers here include only girl members
New Zealand GirlGuiding New Zealand (Ngā Kōhine Whakamahiri O Aotearoa Founding member 11,000
Pakistan Pakistan Girl Guides Association (PGGA, پاکستان گرل گائڈزایسوسی ایشن) Founding 118,000
Papua New Guinea Girl Guides Association of Papua New Guinea 1978 1,200
Philippines Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Founding Member 671,000
Singapore Girl Guides Singapore (GGS, Pandu Puteri Singapura) Founding Member 12,300
Solomon Islands The Girl Guides Association of the Solomon Islands 1987 700
Sri Lanka The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA, Lanka Baladhakshika Samajaya, ශ්‍රී ලංකා බාළදක්ෂිකා සංගමය, இலங்கைப் மகளீர் சாரணர்க் கழகம்) Founding Member 37,000
Taiwan Girl Scouts of Taiwan (中華民國台灣女童軍, Jhōnghuámínguó Táiwān Nyǔtóngjyūn, Zhōnghuámínguó Táiwān Nǚtóngjūn) Founding Member 28,000
Thailand Girl Guides Association of Thailand (GGAT, สมาคมผู้บำเพ็ญประโยชน์แห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชินูปถัมภ์) Founding Member 28,000
Tonga The Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga 1987 200
Vietnam Vietnamese Scout Association (Hội Hướng Đạo Việt Nam (HĐVN)) not yet a member unknown working towards WAGGGS membership. Guiding/Scouting is forbidden under communist rule and VSA is a clandestine organisation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WAGGGS. "Asia-Pacific Region micro-site". netXtra. Retrieved 30 April 2012.