List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members

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The World Scout Bureau is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices in six regional divisions:
  grey areas such as Laos and Cuba have no Scouting

Since its conception in 1907, the Scouting movement has spread from the United Kingdom to 216 countries and territories around the world. There are over 54 million Scouts worldwide, with 172 national organizations[1] governed by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

Table of members[edit]

The World Organization of the Scout Movement recognizes at most one Scouting organization per country. Some countries have several organizations combined as a federation, with different component groups divided on the basis of religion (e.g., France and Denmark), ethnic identification (e.g., Israel), or language (e.g., Belgium). Canada is the only country to have two distinct recognized associations, which are divided by language. About 30 national Scout organizations are a member of WOSM and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, mostly from Europe and the Arab countries.

Country Membership
(from 2019) [2]
Name of member organization Year current Scouting organization joined WOSM [3] Year member organization was founded [3] Admits boys/girls
Afghanistan 12,475 Afghanistan Scout Association 2020 1931 both
Algeria 61,860 Scouts Musulmans Algériens 1963 1934 both
Angola 28,011 Associação de Escuteiros de Angola 1998 1998 both
Argentina 77,040 Scouts de Argentina 1922 1912 both
Armenia 1,921 Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun 1997 1912 both
Aruba 477 Scouting Aruba 2016 2000 both
Australia 65,833 Scouts Australia 1953 1908 both
Austria 27,210 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs 1922/1946 1912 both
Azerbaijan 1,796 Azərbaycan Skaut Assosiasiyasi 2000 1997 both
Bahamas 1,134 The Scout Association of the Bahamas 1974 1913 both
Bahrain 2,286 Boy Scouts of Bahrain 1970 1953 boys only
Bangladesh 2,070,376 Bangladesh Scouts 1974 1972 both
Barbados 2,169 Barbados Boy Scouts Association 1969 1912 boys only
Belarus 1,182 Belarusian Republican Scout Association 1989 1909 both
Belgium 109,606 Guides and Scouts Movement of Belgium (federation of several organizations) 1922 1911 both
Belize 402 The Scout Association of Belize 1987 1911 both
Benin 7,776 Scoutisme Béninois 1964 1932 both
Bhutan 61,300 Bhutan Scout Tshogpa 1999 1991 both
Bolivia 6,118 Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia 1950 1915 both
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,493 Savez izviđača Bosne i Hercegovine 1999 1999/2011 both
Botswana 19,242 The Botswana Scouts Association 1958 1936 boys only
Brazil 114,588 União dos Escoteiros do Brasil 1922 1910 both
Brunei 1,256 Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam 1981 1933 both
Bulgaria 510 Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty 1999 1911–1913 both
Burkina Faso 7,674 Fédération Burkinabé du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1972 1943 both
Burundi 71,420 Association des Scouts du Burundi 1979 1940 both
Cambodia 58,050 National Association of Cambodian Scouts 2008 2000 both
Cameroon 16,872 Les Scouts du Cameroun 1971 1937 both
Canada 86,012 Scouts Canada, with which is affiliated the Association des Scouts du Canada 1946 1908 both
Cape Verde 347 Associação dos Escuteiros de Cabo Verde 2002 2002 NA
Chad 14,500 Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien (federation of several organizations) 1974 1960 both
Chile 28,825 Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Chile 1922/1974 1909 both
Republic of China (Taiwan) 56,081 Scouts of China 1937 1912 both
Colombia 15,209 Asociación Scouts de Colombia 1933 1917 both
Comoros 3,268 Wezombeli 1990 1975 both
Democratic Republic of the Congo 141,338 Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo 1963 1924 both
Costa Rica 18,339 Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica 1925 1915 both
Ivory Coast 21,494 Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1972 1937 both
Croatia 3,483 Savez izviđača Hrvatske 1993 1915 both
Curaçao
Sint Maarten
Caribbean Netherlands
1,143 Scouting Antiano 2016 1997 both
Cyprus 5,522 Cyprus Scouts Association 1961 1913 both
Czech Republic 67,959 Junák - český skaut, z. s. 1922/1990/1996 1911 both
Denmark 50,644 Fællesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (federation of several organizations) 1922 1909 both
Dominica 455 The Scout Association of Dominica 1990 1929 both
Dominican Republic 2,354 Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos 1930 1926 both
Ecuador 10,315 Asociación de Scouts del Ecuador 1922 1920 both
Egypt 71,999 Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides (federation of several organizations) 1922 1914 both
El Salvador 2,440 Asociación de Scouts de El Salvador 1940 1938 both
Estonia 1,185 Eesti Skautide Ühing 1922/1996 1911/1989 both
Ethiopia 104,478 Ethiopia Scout Association 2002 1950 both
Fiji 9,424 Fiji Scouts Association 1971 1914 both
Finland 55,077 Suomen Partiolaiset - Finlands Scouter ry 1922 1910 both
France 101,480 Scoutisme Français (federation of several organizations) 1922 1910 both
Gabon 3,736 Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1971 1936 both
Gambia 15,564 The Gambia Scout Association 1984 1921 both
Georgia 2,759 Sakartvelos Skauturi Modzraobis Organizatsia 1997 1994 both
Germany 124,779 Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (federation of several organizations) 1950 1910 both
Ghana 13,496 The Ghana Scout Association 1960 1912 both
Greece 16,694 Soma Hellinon Proskopon 1922 1910 both
Grenada 1,367 The Scout Association of Grenada 1979 1924 both
Guatemala 5,506 Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala 1930 1928 both
Guinea 11,520 Association Nationale des Scouts de Guinée 1990/2005 1984 NA
Guinea-Bissau 9,698 Escuteiros da Guiné-Bissau 2017 1966 both
Guyana 546 The Scout Association of Guyana 1967 1909 both
Haiti 43,605 Scouts d'Haïti 1932/1940 1916 both
Honduras 1,935 Asociación de Scouts de Honduras 1957 1952 both
Hong Kong 100,643 The Scout Association of Hong Kong 1977 1914 both
Hungary 12,516 Magyar Cserkészszövetség 1922/1990 1912 both
Iceland 1,738 Bandalag Íslenskra Skáta 1924 1912 both
India 3,581,332 The Bharat Scouts and Guides 1938 1909 both
Indonesia 24,756,268 Gerakan Pramuka 1961 1912 both
Iraq 13,128 Iraq Scout Association 1922/1956/2017 1914 both
Ireland 48,478 Scouting Ireland 1949 1908 both
Israel 90,356 Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (federation of several organizations) 1951 1919 both
Italy 103,276 Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo (federation of several organizations) 1922/1946 1912 both
Jamaica 1,386 The Scout Association of Jamaica 1963 1910 both
Japan 91,827 Scout Association of Japan 1922/1950 1913 both
Jordan 31,765 Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides 1955 1954 both
Kazakhstan 1,010 Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan 2008 1992 both
Kenya 2,145,640 The Kenya Scouts Association 1964 1910 both
Kiribati 1,186 Kiribati Scout Association 1993 1993 both
South Korea 90,610 Korea Scout Association 1953 1922 both
Kuwait 6,215 Kuwait Boy Scouts Association 1955 1952 boys only
Latvia 804 Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrālā Organizācija 1993 1917 both
Lebanon 18,140 Lebanese Scouting Federation (federation of several organizations) 1947 1912 both
Lesotho 2,044 Lesotho Scouts Association 1971 1936 boys only
Liberia 7,841 Boy Scouts of Liberia 1922/1965 1922 boys only
Libya 24,775 Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement 1958 1954 both
Liechtenstein 738 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins 1933 1931 both
Lithuania 3,000 Lietuvos Skautija 1997 1918 both
Luxembourg 7,902 Scouting in Luxembourg (federation of several organizations) 1922 1914 both
Macau 2,373 Associação de Escoteiros de Macau 2017 1921 both
Madagascar 50,041 Firaisan'ny Skotisma eto Madagasikara (federation of several organizations) 1960 1921 both
Malawi 101,610 The Scout Association of Malawi 2005 1996 NA
Malaysia 117,391 Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia 1957 1911 both
Maldives 10,726 The Scout Association of Maldives 1990 1963 both
Malta 3,639 The Scout Association of Malta 1966 1908 both
Mauritania 3,724 Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie 1983 1947 both
Mauritius 2,388 The Mauritius Scout Association 1971 1912 both
Mexico 44,731 Asociación de Scouts de México, A.C. 1926 1920 both
Moldova 363 Organizaţia Naţionala A Scouţilor Din Moldova 1997 1921 both
Monaco 133 Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco 1990 1990 both
Mongolia 9,799 Mongolyn Skautyn Kholboo 1994 1992 both
Montenegro 1,738 Savez Izviđača Crne Gore 2008 2006 both
Morocco 12,304 Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain 1961 1933 both
Mozambique 8,692 Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique 1999 1960 both
Myanmar 16,930 Myanmar Scout 2016 2012 both
Namibia 3,909 Scouts of Namibia 1990 1917 both
Nepal 49,152 Nepal Scouts 1969 1952 both
Netherlands 55,890 Scouting Nederland 1922 1910 both
New Zealand 18,724 Scouting New Zealand 1953 1908 both
Nicaragua 1,337 Asociación de Scouts de Nicaragua 1946 1917 both
Niger 3,300 Association des Scouts du Niger 1996 1947 both
Nigeria 750,073 Scout Association of Nigeria 1961 1915 both
North Macedonia 2,787 Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija 1997 1921 both
Norway 17,261 Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (federation of several organizations) 1922 1911 both
Oman 35,281 The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides 1977 1948 both
Pakistan 703,050 Pakistan Boy Scouts Association 1948 1947 boys only
Palestinian Authority 81,082 Palestinian Scout Association 1996 1912 both
Panama 2,259 Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá 1924/1950 1924 both
Papua New Guinea 5,487 The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea 1976 1926 boys only
Paraguay 1,234 Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay 1962 1960 both
Peru 8,254 Asociación de Scouts del Perú 1922 1916 both
Philippines 2,808,881 Boy Scouts of the Philippines 1946 1936 both
Poland 41,916 Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego 1922/1996 1918 both
Portugal 78,440 Federação Escotista de Portugal 1922 1913 both
Qatar 6,316 The Scout and Guide Association of Qatar 1965 1955 both
Romania 6,495 Cercetaşii României 1993 1914 both
Russia 2,035 All-Russian Scout Association 2004 1909 both
Rwanda 49,374 Rwanda Scouts Association 1975 1940 both
Saint Lucia 355 The Saint Lucia Scout Association 1990 1910 both
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 211 The Scout Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1990 1911 both
San Marino 269 Associazione Guide Esploratori Cattolici Sammarinesi[4] 1990/2017 1973 both
São Tomé and Príncipe 1,398 Associação dos Escuteiros de São Tomé e Príncipe 2017 1993 both
Saudi Arabia 18,737 Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association 1963 1961 both
Senegal 5,297 Confédération Sénégalaise du Scoutisme (federation of several organizations) 1963 1930 both
Serbia 4,897 Savez Izviđača Srbije 1995 1911 both
Seychelles 274 Seychelles Scout Association 1927 2002 both
Sierra Leone 20,658 Sierra Leone Scouts Association 1964 1909 both
Singapore 12,526 The Singapore Scout Association 1966 1910 both
Slovakia 7,632 Slovenský skauting 1922/1990/1997 1913 both
Slovenia 6,855 Zveza tabornikov Slovenije 1994 1915 both
Solomon Islands 500[5] Solomon Islands Scout Association 2021 1928 both
South Africa 97,910 Scouts South Africa 1937 1908 both
South Sudan 11,300 South Sudan Scout Association[6] 2013 2011 both
Spain 72,669 Federación de Escultismo en España 1922/1978 1912 both
Sri Lanka 66,847 Sri Lanka Scout Association 1953 1912 both
Sudan 14,682 Sudan Scouts Association 1956 1935 boys only
Suriname 756 Boy Scouts van Suriname 1968 1924 both
Eswatini (Swaziland) 5,280 Emavulandlela Swaziland Scout Association 1968 1928 boys only
Sweden 39,763 Scouterna 1922 1911 both
Switzerland 25,554 Swiss Guide and Scout Movement 1922 1912 both
Syria 9,260 Scouts of Syria 2008 1912/1949 both
Tajikistan 563 Ittihodi Scouthoi Tojikiston 1997 1991 both
Tanzania 538,933 Tanzania Scouts Association 1963 1929 both
Thailand 751,927 The National Scout Organization of Thailand 1922 1911 both
Timor-Leste 6,342 União Nacional dos Escuteiros de Timor Leste 2017 2003 both
Togo 10,676 Association Scoute du Togo 1977 1920 both
Trinidad and Tobago 2,101 The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago 1963 1911 both
Tunisia 29,105 Les Scouts Tunisiens 1957 1933 both
Turkey 223,417 Türkiye İzcilik Federasyonu 1950 1923 both
Uganda 116,054 The Uganda Scouts Association 1964 1915 both
Ukraine 1,417 National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine 2008 2007 both
United Arab Emirates 3,968 Emirates Scout Association 1977 1972 boys only
United Kingdom 637,185 The Scout Association 1922 1907 both
United States 2,744,682 Boy Scouts of America 1922 1910 both
Uruguay 2,044 Movimiento Scout del Uruguay 1950 1946 both
Venezuela 9,904 Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela 1937 1913 both
Vietnam 6,209 Vietnamese Scout Association 2019 1930 both
Yemen 7,095 Yemen Scouts and Guides Association - Scout branch 1980 1927 boys only
Zambia 15,271 Zambia Scouts Association 1965 1930 both
Zimbabwe 17,841 The Scout Association of Zimbabwe 1980 1909 both

Non-sovereign territories with independent WOSM member organizations[edit]

Countries and territories with Scouting run by overseas branches of WOSM member organizations[edit]

Ten of these overseas branches of accredited National Scout Organizations are considered "potential members" by the WOSM (marked by *).[7]

Sovereign countries[edit]

Served by the Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Served by The Scout Association (UK)[edit]

Served by Scouts Australia[edit]

Non-sovereign territories[edit]

Australia[edit]

Denmark[edit]

France[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

'Potential member countries' listed by WOSM[edit]

In 2020, WOSM listed 25 sovereign countries as potential members. 10 of these were served by oversea branches of WOSM member organizations (see #Countries and territories with Scouting run by overseas branches of WOSM member organizations).[8]

Countries with no Scouting organization[edit]

In 2020, WOSM listed five sovereign countries as without Scouting; the list omitted Vatican City, which is also without Scouting.[8]

Other status[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Afghanistan Rejoins The Scout Movement, Expanding Its Membership To 171 Member Organizations Worldwide". scout.org. January 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "WOSM MEMBERSHIP as at 31st December 2019" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Some statistics". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved March 30, 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Associazione Guide Esploratori Cattolici Sammarinesi (AGECS) is now a WOSM member!". www.scout.org.
  5. ^ "Solomon Islands joins global scout movement". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "South Sudan joins World Scouting family". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Scouting elsewhere". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  8. ^ a b "National Scout Organizations". www.scout.org.
  9. ^ "Termination of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) Membership" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved December 8, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • World Scout Bureau (1979), Scouting 'round the World. Le scoutisme à travers le monde. 1979 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (1990), Scouting 'round the World. Facts and Figures on the World Scout Movement. 1990 edition. ISBN 2-88052-001-0

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