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World Scout Organisation

Welcome to the Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouts

New MemberA phrase used at the investiture ceremony of each new member.

WOSMModern Scouts really do have the whole world in their hands – there are only six countries where Scouting does not presently exist. However because it spans so many cultures, the Scout Movement has to have a single identifiable governing body for all recognised national organisations to refer to.

World Organisation of the Scout Movement

WOSM is based in Geneva, Switzerland. A non-governmental organisation, it is governed by the World Conference, which meets every three years, with delegates attending from every country with a recognised Scouting organisation.

scouting worldThe World Committee which is made up of elected senior volunteers is WOSM’s executive body. Its role is to implement the resolutions passed by the World Scout Conference. In the three years between conferences, the 14 members of the committee meet twice annually in Geneva. They act as independent advisers and executives to the Movement, rather than representatives of the countries from which they come.

Twelve of the Committee are elected for six-year terms, but the secretary general and the treasurer are members by virtue of their official positions. The chairmen of the regional Scout committees join them at committee meetings. The secretariat of WOSM and the Scouting worldwide is the World Scout Bureau, which serves the Movement on a practical level from its base in Geneva and through all the regional offices.

The World Scout Bureau itself dates back to the early years of Scouting. Founded in London in 1922 to handle the necessary business of a global expanding movement, the office moved to Ottawa in Canada in 1959 before transferring to Geneva in 1968. Since then Geneva has become the hub of global Scouting administration.

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