The Gambia Scout Association

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The Gambia Scout Association
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Country The Gambia
Founded 1921
Membership 18,448
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
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The Gambia Scout Association, the national scouting organization of the Gambia, was founded in 1921, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1984.


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The coeducational Gambia Scout Association has 18,448 members as of 2008.[1]

Special activities include community service projects such as tree planting. Scouts regularly participate in camping and hiking. Music is also a very important part of Scouting in the Gambia, but because there is little money for instruments and sheet music, there is a waiting list to get into the Scout band, and they learn all their music by ear.[citation needed]


  • Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof served the movement from 1938 to 2005; former President of the Gambia National Scout Council; scholar on the history of scouting in the Gambia; and first Gambian to be awarded the Wood Badge.[2][3]
  • In 2007, David Hafner replaced Alieu Mamar Njie as chief commissioner.


In September 2015, six executives of the association were arrested for conspiracy to commit a felony, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing a motor vehicle.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Triennial Report 2005-2008" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  2. ^ Foroyaa: Exclusive Interview with Foroyaa Panorama: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  3. ^ The Point Newspaper: "Tribute to Late Alhagie A. E. Cham Joof", by Mr Momodou Jammeh
  4. ^ "Six Gambia Scout Association executive members remanded". 10 September 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Gambia: In Gambia Scout Association Case, More Charges to Be Instituted". 2 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2016.