Because of the differences between Maghrebians and black Africans there were in fact two distinct associations. Mauritania having only one official religion, these two movements were amalgamated in 2001 and the black African leaders were removed.[who?]
The program stresses the physical, intellectual, moral and civic formation of youth ages 7 to 30 under Islamic principles.
There is an emphasis on bringing Scouting to boys in rural areas. Scouts are involved in tree planting projects to help stop the desert from spreading.