World Organization of the Scout Movement is Scouting's
international umbrella organization. Headquartered in
Geneva, Switzerland, the World Organization is composed of its
recognized national Scout organizations. It is governed by the
World Scout Conference, with the executive vested in the World
Scout Committee. Administration is provided by the World Scout
||A Chronicle of Scouting in Eastern
Europe and Russia. These pages follow the growth of
Scouting in 17 countries of Eastern Europe and
the former Soviet Union providing links to home
pages of the national associations and other
locations of Scouting interest.
||Scouting Around the World. The background,
worldwide principles and universal practices of
the member associations of the World Organization
of the Scout Movement including information on
BSA Involvement in worldwide Scouting.
||The Organization of International
Scouting.The organizational structure and
services of the World Scout Movement and the
International Division of the Boy Scouts of
||The World Scout Emblem. Some background on the
Badge of Scouting from the World Organization of
the Scout Movement.
||Member Scout Associations
of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.As of August 2002, 154 National Scout Organizations were
members of the World Association. There are more
than 28 million Scouts, Girls and Boys, in 216 countries and territories.
years before "The Wall" came down in
Berlin, and the Soviet Empire came to an end,
John S. Wilson, Director of the Boy Scouts
International Bureau (now the World Bureau of the
World Organization) told this story of the
departure of good friends,the Scout organizations
of Romania, the Baltic States, Poland,
Czechoslovakia and Hungary, as the result of the
rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe in the
1930's and early 1940's.
||Founders, Absent Friends,
Returning Brothers.A history of the membership
of the World Organization listing Founding
Members, countries in which Scouting was
disbanded, and national associations returning to
the World Organization after the collapse of the
||Cousins: Scouting Abroad and In
The Communists and the Nazis were quick to
supress Scouting when they came to power.
Scouting and its traditions were maintained by
emigres and refugees of several Eastern Bloc
countries. Though unaffiliated with the World
Organization of the Scout Movement, many maintain
ties and provide support to the re-emerging
Scouting movements in the countries of their
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