Interamerican Scout Region (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
|InterAmerican Scout Region|
Map of members or potential members of the Interamerican Scout Region, note several Pacific island chains are linked to the IASR through mainland political ties
|Owner||World Organization of the Scout Movement|
|Headquarters||Ciudad del Saber, Panama|
The Interamerican Region is the divisional office of the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, headquartered in Ciudad del Saber, Panama. The Interamerican Region services Scouting in the Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. Until the 1960s, the "Inter-American Scout Advisory Committee" serviced only Mexico, Central and South America, with Canada and the United States serviced through the then-named "Boy Scouts International Bureau" in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Even today, the Interamerican Region exists more for the benefit of countries south of the Rio Grande, as evidenced by the website being only in Spanish until 2011; consequently, the United States and Canada did not participate as vigorously in regional activities as do other national organizations around the world, however this is changing in the 2010s.
The headquarters of the Interamerican Region moved progressively southward from its inception until 2010, starting in Havana, Cuba, from 1946 to 1960; moving briefly to Kingston, Jamaica, in 1960; immediately relocating to Mexico City, Mexico, between 1960 and 1968; then to San José, Costa Rica, between 1968 and 1992; Santiago, Chile, from 1992 to 2010, most recently relocating to Ciudad del Saber, Panama.
The Scouts of the nations in the Caribbean basin host their own subregional jamborees.
The Interamerican Region contains one of the five countries with no Scouting organization, Cuba, due to political constraints within the country.
- 1 Regional Scouts administered directly by WOSM
- 2 Interamerican Scout Committee
- 3 Pan-American Region Scout Jamborees
- 4 Interamerican Scout Conferences
- 5 Pan-American Moot
- 6 Interamerican Leadership Training
- 7 Youth of the Americas Award
- 8 See also
- 9 External links and references
- 10 References
Regional Scouts administered directly by WOSM
The needs of Scout youth in the Region 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 with several troops at Parkway Village in New York City, with but 14 members in 1959. Also directly registered to the World Bureau were the 900 member International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone.
Interamerican Scout Committee
The Interamerican Scout Committee is the agency that directs and manages the Region based on the objectives, policies and lines of action established by the Interamerican Scout Conference.
The purpose of the Committee is:
- Approve the Regional Plan.
- Acting as an advisory body of the World Scout Committee in matters relating to the Region.
- Stimulate, promote and support global, regional and subregional events in the Region.
- To act in the name and representation of the Interamerican Scout Conference between its sessions.
The Committee is composed of ten elected members so that there is no more than one member of the same National Scout Organization. These members serve on a voluntary basis, serve six years in their positions, and five of them are renewed by the Conference when it meets every three years. The Regional Director of the Interamerican Scout Organization is the Executive Secretary of Committee.
Currently the 10 members are:
|President||Leonardo Morales Morales||Costa Rica|
|1st Vice-President||Steve Kent||Canada|
|2nd Vice-President||Ricardo Stuber||Brazil|
|Member||Kent Clayburn||United States|
Pan-American Region Scout Jamborees
The Region has run or sponsored region-wide jamborees in its member countries. Past Jamborees include:
- 1st Pan-American Jamboree-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1965
- 2nd Pan-American Jamboree- Asunción, Paraguay 1970
- 3rd Pan-American Jamboree-Bogota, Colombia 1974
- 4th Pan-American Jamboree-Porto Alegre, Brazil 1981
- 5th Pan-American Jamboree-Kingston, Jamaica 1985
- 6th Pan-American Jamboree-Villarrica, Chile 1989
- 7th Pan-American Jamboree-La Calera, Colombia 1990
- 8th Pan-American Jamboree-Brazil 1992
- 9th Pan-American Jamboree-Cochabamba, Bolivia 1994
- 10th Pan-American Jamboree-Muxbal, Guatemala 1996
- 11th Pan-American Jamboree-Iguaçu Falls, Brazil 2001
- 12th Pan-American Jamboree-San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina 2005
- 13th Pan-American Jamboree-Mexico July 2010 (delayed due to concerns over the 2009 flu pandemic)
- 14th Interamerican Jamboree-Colombia January 4–12, 2013 (held concurrently with the 1st Interamerican Scout Camporee)
- 15th Interamerican Jamboree-Ecuador 2017
Interamerican Scout Conferences
The Interamerican Scout Conference, the highest body in the Region, is made up of delegates from member National Scout Organizations (NSOs) and meets every three years.
The purpose of the Conference is:
- Stimulate the development of the Scout Movement in the Interamerican Region.
- Promote cooperation among member NSOs.
- Establish the objectives and basis of the Regional Policy.
- Ensure that the policies established by the World Organization of the Scout Movement are implemented in the Region.
- Elect the members of the Interamerican Scout Committee.
The World Scout authorities and observers from various governmental and non-governmental organizations, national and international, who have common interests with the Scout Movement, are invited to the Conference. Each NSO has the right to vote in the Conference sessions, and if one can not attend, the voting right can be given to another NSO.
List of Interamerican Scout Conferences
|1946||1st Interamerican Scout Conference||May 27 - June 2||Bogota||19|
|1948||2nd Interamerican Scout Conference||May 3–8||Mexico City||11|
|1953||3rd Interamerican Scout Conference||February 20–25||Havana||16|
|1957||4th Interamerican Scout Conference||February 22–27||Rio de Janeiro||17|
|1961||5th Interamerican Scout Conference||February 22–27||Caracas||15|
|1964||6th Interamerican Scout Conference||August 26–29||Kingston||18|
|1968||7th Interamerican Scout Conference||July 24–29||San Salvador||24|
|1972||8th Interamerican Scout Conference||August 11||Lima||18|
|1974||9th Interamerican Scout Conference||August 5–9||Miami||25|
|1976||10th Interamerican Scout Conference||August 24–28||Mexico City||17|
|1978||11th Interamerican Scout Conference||June 5–9||Guatemala City||23|
|1980||12th Interamerican Scout Conference||October 10–19||Santiago||24|
|1982||13th Interamerican Scout Conference||July 25–31||Nassau||21|
|1984||14th Interamerican Scout Conference||September 4–8||Curitiba||22|
|1986||15th Interamerican Scout Conference||July 20–26||Port of Spain||22|
|1988||16th Interamerican Scout Conference||September 18–23||Buenos Aires||22|
|1990||17th Interamerican Scout Conference||September 18–23||Montevideo||17|
|1992||18th Interamerican Scout Conference||July 12–17||San Jose||27|
|1995||19th Interamerican Scout Conference||September 4–8||Cartagena||22|
|1998||20th Interamerican Scout Conference||March 22–27||Guadalajara||22|
|2001||21st Interamerican Scout Conference||September 24–28||Cochabamba||33|
|2004||22nd Interamerican Scout Conference||July 21 - August 4||San Salvador||30|
|2007||23rd Interamerican Scout Conference||November 23–28||Quito||25|
|2010||24th Interamerican Scout Conference||August 14–19||Panama City|
|2013||25th Interamerican Scout Conference||September 14–21||Buenos Aires|
|2016||26th Interamerican Scout Conference||October 24–28||Houston||29|
|2018||27th Interamerican Scout Conference||November 27–30||Panama City||28|
- 1st Pan-American Moot-Cochabamba, Bolivia 27 December 2008 to 4 January 2009
- 2nd Interamerican Scout Moot-Tramandaí, Brazil 27 December 2013 to 4 January 2014
- 3rd Interamerican Scout Moot - Cusco, Perú 27 July 2018 - 8 August 2018
Interamerican Leadership Training
The Interamerican Leadership Training (ILT) is a Leadership Training Course in the Interamerican Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Sponsored by the Messengers of Peace program, the training course goals are to strengthen Scouting in IAR through a collaborative effort of sharing, networking, training, and support. The course is held once a year hosted by one of the National Scout Organizations (NSOs) of the Region. The selected NSO is awarded the rights to host the ILT two years in a row.
|2013||Pilot Interamerican Leadership Training||Camp Strake, Texas||33||December 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014|
|2014||2nd Interamerican Leadership Training||Galveston, Texas||30||December 27, 2014 - January 2, 2015|
|2015||3rd Interamerican Leadership Training||Guatemala City||30||December 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016|
|2016||4th Internamerican Leadership Training||Guatemala City||31||December 28, 2016 - January 3, 2017|
|2017||5th Internamerican Leadership Training||Quito||December 28, 2017 - January 4, 2018|
Youth of the Americas Award
The Youth of the Americas Award is the only award conferred by the Interamerican Scout Committee. The award is given to persons who have made an impact at the international level.
- Facts on World Scouting, Boy Scouts International Bureau, Ottawa, Canada, 1961
- John S. Wilson (1959), Scouting Round the World. First edition, Blandford Press. p. 127, 231, 233-4, Revista Scout de las Americas 239
- Wilson, John S. (1959). "The International Bureau Goes on the Road". Scouting Round the World (first ed.). London: Blandford Press. p. 134.
At Balboa we met up with Gunnar Berg and Ray Wyland of the B.S.A., also on their way to Bogota, and had a conference about the question of coloured Scouts in the Canal Zone, who claim British and not Panamanian nationality. It was agreed that they should be taken under the wing of the Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of America, but ten years later they were transferred directly under the International Bureau as the International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone.
- John S. Wilson (1959), Scouting Round the World. First edition, Blandford Press. p. 133, 234, 239, 240 neglected, 133, 227
- "Convocation of nominations for the Youth of the Americas Award" (PDF). World Scout Bureau, Interamerican Region.