Tuesday, 25 November 2008

WOSM- Introduction

WOSM or World Organization of the Scouting Movement
What Is it?
The world organization of the scouting movement is the international non-governmental international organization that governs the majority of NSO's or National Scout Organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland and was established in 1920. It currently has approximately 28 million members, making it one of the largest youth movements in the world today. Scouting Exists in every country in the world except for 6 countries. Not all countries with scouting are recognized by this organization. There are approximately 160 countries plus 3 or 4 associate level members that are part of the world organization.

How is it Governed?
There are several different governing organizations in the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. These governing bodies include the World Scout Committee, World Scout Conference, World Scout Federation, World Scout Bureau, and finally the WOSM Secretary General. Each of these components has a different function and helps to ensure that the scouting organization prospers and serves as a communication medium for all of the different National Scout Organizations or NSO's.

What NSO's are WOSM Recognized?

  • Albania Beslidhja Skaut Albania
  • Algeria Scouts Musulmans Algériens (Algerian Muslim Scouts)
  • Angola Associação de Escuteiros de Angola (Scout Association of Angola)
  • Aregentina Scouts de Argentina (Scouts of Argentina)
  • Armena Hayastani Azgayin Scautakan Sharjum Kazmakerputiun (Armenian National Scout Movement)
  • Australia Scouts Australia
  • Austria Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (Scouts and Guides of Austria)
  • Azebaijan Azerbaican Skaut Assosiasiyasi (The Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan)
  • Bahamas The Scout Association of the Bahamas
  • Bahrain Boy Scouts of Bahrain
  • Bangladesh Bangladesh Scouts
  • Barbbados Barbados Boy Scouts Association
  • Belgium Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique/Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (Guiding and Scouting in Belgium)
  • Belize The Scout Association of Belize
  • Benin Scoutisme Béninois (Benin Scouting)
  • Bhutan Bhutan Scout Tshogpa
  • Boliva Asociación de Scouts de Bolivia (The Scout Association of Bolivia)
  • Bosina and Herzegovina The Council of Scout Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana The Botswana Scouts Association
  • Brazil União dos Escoteiros do Brasil (Brazilian Scouts Association)
  • Brunnei Darussalam Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam National Scout Association)
  • Bulgaria Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty (Organization of Bulgarian Scouts)
  • Burkina Faso Fédération Burkinabé du Scoutisme (Scout Federation of Burkina Faso)
  • Burundi Association des Scouts du Burundi (Scout Association of Burundi)
  • Cameroon Les Scouts du Cameroun/Boy Scouts of Cameroon
  • Cambodia National Association of Cambodian Scouts
  • Canada Scouts Canada, with which is affiliated Association des Scouts du Canada
  • Cape Verde Associação dos Escuteiros de Cabo Verde (Scout Association of Cape Verde)
  • Chad Fédération du Scoutisme Tchadien (Scout Federation of Chad)
  • Chile Asociación de Guias y Scouts de Chile (Guide and Scout Association of Chile)
  • China Scouts of China
  • Colombia Asociación de Scouts de Colombia (Scout Association of Colombia)
  • Comoros Wezombeli (Association Nationale du Scoutisme Comorien) (The National Scout Association of Comoros)
  • Democractic Republic of the Congo Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo (The Scout Federation of the Democratic Republic of The Congo)
  • Costa Rica Asociación de Guias y Scouts de Costa Rica (Association Guides and Scouts of Costa Rica)
  • Côte-d'Ivoire Fédération Ivoirienne du Scoutisme(Scout Federation of Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Croatia Savez Izvidaca Hrvatske (The Scout Association of Croatia)
  • Cyprus Cyprus Scouts Association
  • Czech Republic Junák-Svaz Skautu a Skautek
  • Denmark Fællesrådet for Danmarks Drengespejdere (The Danish Scout Council)
  • Dominica The Scout Association of Dominica
  • Dominican Republic Asociación de Scouts Dominicanos (Dominican Scout Association)
  • Ecuador Asociación de Scouts del Ecuador (Scout Association of Ecuador)
  • Egypt Egyptian Scout Federation
  • El Salvador Asociación de Scouts de El Salvador (Scout Association of El Salvador)
  • Estonia Eesti Skautide Ühing (Estonian Scout Association)
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia Scout Association
  • Fiji Fiji Scouts Association
  • Finland Suomen Partiolaiset-Finlands Scouter
  • France Scoutisme Français (French Scouting)
  • Gabon Fédération Gabonaise du Scoutisme (Scouting Federation of Gabon)
  • Gambia The Gambia Scout Association
  • Georgia sakartvelos skauturi modzraobis organizatsia (Georgian Organization of the Scout Movement)
  • Germany Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände (Scout Federation of Germany)
  • Ghana The Ghana Scout Association
  • Greece Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Scout Association of Greece)
  • Grenada The Scout Association of Grenada
  • Guatemala Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala (Scout Association of Guatemala)
  • Guinea National Scout Association of Guinea
  • Guyana The Scout Association of Guyana
  • Haiti Scouts d'Haïti (Scouts of Haiti)
  • Honduras Asociación de Scouts de Honduras (Scouts Association of Honduras)
  • Hong Kong The Scout Association of Hong Kong
  • Hungary Magyar Cserkészszövetség (Hungarian Scout Association)
  • Iceland Bandalag íslenskra Skáta (Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association)
  • India The Bharat Scouts and Guides
  • Indonesia Gerakan Pramuka (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Movement)
  • Ireland Scouting Ireland
  • Israel Hitachdut Hatsofim Ve Hatsofot Be Israel (Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation)
  • Italy Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo (Italian Scout Federation)
  • Jamaica The Scout Association of Jamaica
  • Japan Scout Association of Japan
  • Jordan Jordanian Association for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
  • Kazakhstan Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan
  • Kenya The Kenya Scouts Association
  • Kirbati Kiribati Scout Association
  • Republic of Korea Boy Scouts of Korea
  • Kuwait Kuwait Boy Scouts Association
  • Latvia Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrala Organizacija (The Scout and Guide Central Organization of Latvia)
  • Lebanon Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais (Lebanese Scout Federation)
  • Lesotho Lesotho Scouts Association
  • Liberia Boy Scouts of Liberia
  • Lybyan Arab Jamahiriya Public Scout and Girl Guide Movement
  • Liechtenstein Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins (Scouts and Guides of Liechtenstein)
  • Lithuania Lietuvos Skautija (Lithuanian Scouting)
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association
  • The Former yugoslave Republic of Macedonia Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija (The Scout Association of The former Yugoslave Republic of Macedonia)
  • Madagascar Firaisan'ny Skotisma eto Madagasikara (Scout Federation of Madagascar)
  • Malwi Scout Association of Malawi
  • Malaysia Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia (The Scouts Association of Malaysia)
  • Maldives The Scout Association of Maldives
  • Malta The Scout Association of Malta
  • Mauritania Association des Scouts et Guides de Mauritanie (The Scout and Guide Association of Mauritania)
  • Mauritius The Mauritius Scout Association
  • Mexico Asociación de Scouts de México, A.C. (Scout Association of Mexico)
  • Republic of Moldova Organizatia Nationala A Scoutilor Din Moldova (The National Scout Organization of Moldova)
  • Monaco Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco (Association of Scouts and Guides of Monaco)
  • Mongolia Mongoliyn Skautiyn Holboo (The Scout Association of Mongolia)
  • Montenegro Association of Scouts of Montenegro
  • Morocco Fédération Nationale du Scoutisme Marocain (National Federation of Moroccan Scouting)
  • Mozambique Liga dos Escuteiros de Moçambique (League of Scouts of Mozambique)
  • Namibia Scouts of Namibia
  • Nepal Nepal Scouts
  • Netherlands Scouting Nederland (Netherlands Scouting)
  • New Zealand Scouting New Zealand
  • Nicaragua Asociación de Scouts de Nicaragua (Scout Association of Nicaragua)
  • Niger Association des Scouts du Niger (Scouts Association of Niger)
  • Nigeria Boy Scouts of Nigeria
  • Norway Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (The Guides and Scouts of Norway)
  • Oman The National Organisation for Scouts & Guides
  • Pakistan Pakistan Boy Scouts Association
  • Palestinian Authority Palestinian Scout Association
  • Panama Asociación Nacional de Scouts de Panamá (National Scout Association of Panama)
  • Papua New Guinea The Scout Association of Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay Asociación de Scouts del Paraguay (Scouts Association of Paraguay)
  • Peru Asociación de Scouts del Perú (Scout Association of Peru)
  • Philippines Boy Scouts of the Philippines
  • Poland Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association
  • Portugal Federação Escutista de Portugal(Scout Federation of Portugal)
  • Qatar Qatar Boy Scouts Association
  • Romania Cercetasii României (The National Scout Organization of Romania)
  • Russian Federation Russian Association of Scouts/Navigators
  • Rwanda Association des Scouts du Rwanda (Scout Association of Rwanda)
  • San Marino Associazione Guide e Esploratori Cattolici Sammarinesi (The Catholic Guide and Scout Association of San Marino)
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association
  • Senegal Confédération Sénégalaise du Scoutisme (Senegalese Scout Confederation)
  • Serbia Scout Association of Serbia
  • Seychelles The Scout Association of Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Scouts Association
  • Singapore The Singapore Scout Association
  • Solvakia Slovensky skauting (Slovak Scouting)
  • Solvenia Zveza tabornikov Slovenije (Scout Association of Slovenia)
  • South Africa South African Scout Association
  • Spain Federación de Escultismo en España (Scouting Federation in Spain)
  • Srilanka Sri Lanka Scout Association
  • Saint Lucia The Saint Lucia Scout Association
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines The Scout Association of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Sudan Sudan Boy Scouts Association
  • Sriname Boy Scouts van Suriname (Boy Scouts of Suriname)
  • Swaziland Emavulandlela Swaziland Scout Association
  • Sweden Svenska Scoutråde (The Swedish Guide and Scout Council)
  • Switzerland Swiss Guide and Scout Movement
  • Syrian Arab Republic Scouts of Syria
  • Tajikistan Ittihodi Scouthoi Tochikiston / Associatsia Skautov Tadjikistana (Scout Association of Tajikistan)
  • Tanzania Tanzania Scouts Association
  • Thailand The National Scout Organization of Thailand
  • Togo Association Scoute du Togo(Scout Association of Togo)
  • Trinidad and Tobago The Scout Association of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia Les Scouts Tunisiens(The Scouts of Tunisia)
  • Turkey Turkiye Izcilik Federasyonu(Scouting and Guiding Federation of Turkey)
  • Urganda The Uganda Scouts Association
  • Ukraine National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates Emirates Scout Association
  • United Kingdom The Scout Association
  • United States Boy Scouts of America
  • Uruguay Movimiento Scout del Uruguay(Scout Association of Uruguay)
  • Venezuela Asociación de Scouts de Venezuela (Scout Association of Venezuela)
  • Yemen Yemen Scout Association
  • Zambia Zambia Scouts Association
  • Zimbabwe The Scout Association of Zimbabwe
Which Are Associate Level WOSM NSO's?
  • French Polyensia French Polyensia
  • Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
  • Macau Scouts of Macau
Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616


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