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Upcoming International Event Sri Lanka Scout Association, National Scout Organization of Thailand and Korea Scout Association will be holding their Jamboree in 2012. SSA has been invited to attend these Jamboree. Details of the events are as follows:- [filebase:file:file=194] [filebase:file:file=192] [filebase:file:file=193]
We have just received an invitation from Emirates Scout Association thru the APR Office. The host country will organize the above mentioned event from 4th – 12 February 2012 and will consider sponsoring one Rover Scout from Singapore. Please refer [...]
From: World Scout Bureau [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, 22 September, 2011 8:10 PM To: The Singapore Scout Association Subject: Messengers of Peace - countdown to launch has begun Dear Friend, You will have welcomed back into your country inspired and excited Scouts from the contingent [...]
We are very pleased to inform you that The National Scout Organization of Thailand will organize the above mentioned event from 21st to 27th November 2011.You are encouraged to use your group funds to subsidies your deserving participants. Apart from [...]
The Air-Internet Jamboree was established in 2004 for Scouts to contact each other by means of amateur radio and through the internet. Having a live conversation with a fellow Scout in some other place in the world gives the [...]
Terms & Frequently Asked Questions
World Organisation of the Scout Movement
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is the Non-governmental international organization which governs most national Scout Organizations, with 28 million members. WOSM was established in 1920, and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the counterpart of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
The mission of WOSM is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Scout Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. WOSM is organized into regions and operates with a conference, committee and bureau.
World Scout Committee
The World Scout Committee is the chief executive body of the World Scout Conference and is composed of elected volunteers. The World Scout Committee represents World Scout Conference between the meetings of the full conference. The World Scout Committee is responsible for the implementation of the resolutions of the World Scout Conference and for acting on its behalf between its meetings. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in Geneva, Switzerland. Its Steering Committee, consisting of the Chairman, two Vice-Chairmen and the Secretary General, meet as needed.
The Committee is composed of 14 members. Twelve, each from a different country, are elected for six-year terms by the World Scout Conference. The members, elected without regard to their nationality, do not represent their country but the interests of the Movement as a whole. The Secretary General and the Treasurer of WOSM are ex-officio members of the Committee. The chairmen of the regional Scout committees participate in the World Scout Committee meetings in a consultative capacity.
The World Scout Committee has set up work streams to address the top strategic priorities, as defined by the World Scout Conference, which at present include:
- Youth involvement
- Volunteers in Scouting
- Scouting’s profile (communications, partnerships, resources)
Standing committees include:
- Honours and Awards
- Working With Others- a consultative committee of the WOSM and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), composed of members of the World Committee/World Board of both organizations
- 2007 Task Force for the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, composed of members of the World Scout Committee, World Scout Bureau, World Scout Foundation, and The Scout Association of the United Kingdom
World Scout Bureau
The World Scout Bureau (WSB, formerly the International Bureau) is the secretariat that carries out the instructions of the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Committee. The WSB is administered by the secretary general, who is supported by a small staff of technical resource personnel. The bureau staff helps associations improve and broaden their Scouting by training professionals and volunteers, establishing finance policies and money-raising techniques, improving community facilities and procedures, and assisting in marshaling the national resources of each country behind Scouting.
The staff also helps arrange global events such as the World Scout Jamborees, encourages regional events, and acts as a liaison between the Scouting movement and other international organizations. A major effort in the emerging nations is the extension of the universal Good Turn into an organization-wide effort for community development.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement is associated with the three World Scout Centres. The World Scout Jamboree is held roughly every four years under the auspices of the WOSM, with members of WAGGGS also invited. WOSM also organises the World Scout Moot, a Jamboree for 17-26 year olds, and has organised the World Scout Indaba, a gathering for Scout leaders. The World Scout Foundation is a perpetual fund governed by a separate Board of Governors and supported by donations for the development of Scouting programs throughout the world.
The WOSM is the non-governmental organization (NGO), that represents the Scouting movement at the United Nations. The WOSM and WAGGGS both have General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the United Nations.