Boy Scouts of the United Nations

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The Boy Scouts of the United Nations existed from 1945 through perhaps the early 1980s as the Scouting association serving the families of diplomats and staff of the United Nations, active in both Geneva and at Parkway Village in New York. The organization sponsored groups in India, Lebanon and Cyprus and had ties to the International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone.


Punch cartoon, 1929: Patrols of Peace

However, the concept of and aspirations for Scouting in such a fashion predates the formation of the United Nations itself.

In a full-page cartoon from the July 1929 Punch magazine, entitled Patrols of Peace, the League of Nations, represented as a goddess, looks out at the 3rd World Scout Jamboree, held in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, saying, "They say I've got no army; but why should I want one with these allies?" (Beneath is stated With Mr. Punch's congratulations to the Chief Scout on the coming-of-age of the movement-now international-which he inspired.)

An early 1945 issue of the Cass City Chronicle newspaper stated:

The Boy Scouts of the United Nations are planning to resume their world-wide friendships, through correspondence, exchange of equipment and by meeting in person at the great World Scout Jamborees when the war is won. The Boy Scouts of America, celebrating its 35th anniversary from February 8th to 14th, with its theme "Scouts of the World-Brothers Together" is encouraging its members to establish contacts with other Scout Troops in war-torn lands, and if possible, help them restore Scouting.[1]

The term "United Nations" was used at the time to refer to the Allies of World War II, having been originally coined for that purpose by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942.

In 1957 the United Nations Scout Association, which was founded in 1948 had 48 members.[2] It became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1950.[2][3]

One troop of the Boy Scouts of the United Nations took part in the 7th World Scout Jamboree in Bad Ischl.[4][5][6]

The Boy Scouts of the United Nations took part in the Jubilee Jamboree in 1957.[7]

Also, children of diplomatic and commercial representatives of East bloc countries were members of the Boy Scouts of the United Nations.[8]


Scouting and Guiding maintain close relations with the United Nations today, as with the work of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts,[9] World Organization of the Scout Movement[10][11] and International Scout and Guide Fellowship[12] with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the World Organization of the Scout Movement have formal consultative relations with UNESCO.[13] The International Scout and Guide Fellowship has also official relations with UNESCO.[13]

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  1. ^ Fritz, Jerry (9 February 1945). "World-Wide Friendships" (PDF). (image caption above article News Items About Boy Scouts). Cass City Chronicle. p. 3. Retrieved 26 August 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Michel, Rudi; Schmoeckel, Reinhard; Rumpf, Hans Gerhard (1963). Der Kornett Heft 5 Pfadfinderbewegung (in German). Minden: Bund Deutscher Pfadfinder Landesmark Westfalen. p. 50. 
  3. ^ Wood, Edward G.; Brookes, Kenneth (1960). Uniforms and Badges of the World (PDF). London, Liverpool, Prescot: The Boy Scouts Association. p. 17. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "1000 U.S.Boy Scouts to Attend International Jamboree in Austria". The Stars and Stripes: 4. 10 March 1951. 
  5. ^ "Schon 12.000 Anmeldungen für Pfadfindertreffen". Salzburger Nachrichten (in German). 18 December 1950. 
  6. ^ Herbert Buzas (5 May 1951). "Weltereignis zwischen Zelten- Österreich, Schauplatz des siebten Jamborees-Ischl wird eine Metropole der Jugend". Tiroler Tageszeitung (in German). 
  7. ^ Harry Neyer; Rochus Spieker; Karl Wiehn (1957). Jamboree-Fünfzig Jahre Pfadfindertum (in German). Düsseldorf: Georgsverlag. pp. 70, 93. 
  8. ^ Kroonenberg, Piet J. (1998). The Undaunted- The Survival and Revival of Scouting in Central and Eastern Europe. Geneva: Oriole International Publications. p. 67. ISBN 2-88052-003-7. 
  9. ^ "UN Programmes and Funds". World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Working with others-United Nations and its Agencies" (pdf). WOSM. p. 8. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "World Refugee Day". WOSM. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  12. ^ "Cooperation Agreement Between the International Scout and Guide Fellowship and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees" (doc). International Scout and Guide Fellowship. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "NGOs maintaining official relations with UNESCO". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 

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