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 Conference
The World Scout Conference (WSC) is the governing body and meets every three years, preceded by the World Scout Youth Forum. The World Scout Conference is the general assembly of Scouting and is composed of six delegates from each of the member Scout associations. If a country has more than one association, the associations form a federation for coordination and world representation. The basis for recognition and membership in the World Scout Conference includes adherence to the aims and principles of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, and independence from political involvement on the part of each member association.
The Conference meets every three years and is hosted by a member association. At the World Scout Conference basic cooperative efforts are agreed upon and a plan of mutual coordination is adopted.
|1920||First World Scout Conference||London||Template:Country data England||33|
|1922||Second World Scout Conference||Paris||Template:Country data France||32|
|1924||Third World Scout Conference||Copenhagen, Denmark||Template:Country data Denmark||34|
|1926||Fourth World Scout Conference||Kandersteg, Switzerland||Template:Country data Switzerland||29|
|1929||Fifth World Scout Conference||Birkenhead, England||Template:Country data England||33|
|1931||Sixth World Scout Conference||Vienna-Baden||Template:Country data Austria||44|
|1933||Seventh World Scout Conference||Gödöllő||Template:Country data Hungary||31|
|1935||Eighth World Scout Conference||Stockholm||Template:Country data Sweden||28|
|1937||Ninth World Scout Conference||The Hague||Template:Country data Netherlands||34|
|1939||10th World Scout Conference||Edinburgh||Template:Country data Scotland||27|
|1947||11th World Scout Conference||Château de Rosny-sur-Seine||Template:Country data France||27|
|1949||12th World Scout Conference||Elvesaeter||Template:Country data Norway||25|
|1951||13th World Scout Conference||Salzburg||Template:Country data Austria||34|
|1953||14th World Scout Conference||Vaduz||Template:Country data Liechtenstein||35|
|1955||15th World Scout Conference||Niagara Falls, Ontario||Template:Country data Canada||44|
|1957||16th World Scout Conference||Cambridge||Template:Country data England||52|
|1959||17th World Scout Conference||New Delhi||Template:Country data India||35|
|1961||18th World Scout Conference||Lisbon||Template:Country data Portugal||50|
|1963||19th World Scout Conference||Rhodes||Template:Country data Greece||52|
|1965||20th World Scout Conference||Mexico City||Template:Country data Mexico||59|
|1967||21st World Scout Conference||Seattle, Washington||Template:Country flag2||70|
|1969||22nd World Scout Conference||Otaniemi||Template:Country data Finland||64|
|1971||23rd World Scout Conference||Tokyo||Template:Country data Japan||71|
|1973||24th World Scout Conference||Nairobi||Template:Country data Kenya||77|
|1975||25th World Scout Conference||Lundtofte||Template:Country data Denmark||87|
|1977||26th World Scout Conference||Montreal, Quebec||Template:Country data Canada||81|
|1979||27th World Scout Conference||Birmingham||Template:Country data England||81|
|1981||28th World Scout Conference||Dakar||Template:Country data Senegal||74|
|1983||29th World Scout Conference||Dearborn, Michigan||Template:Country flag2||90|
|1985||30th World Scout Conference||Munich||Template:Country data Germany||93|
|1988||31st World Scout Conference||Melbourne||Template:Country data Australia||77|
|1990||32nd World Scout Conference||Paris||Template:Country data France|
|1993||33rd World Scout Conference||Sattahip||Template:Country data Thailand|
|1996||34th World Scout Conference||Oslo||Template:Country data Norway||108|
|1999||35th World Scout Conference||Durban||Template:Country data South Africa||116|
|2002||36th World Scout Conference||Thessaloniki||Template:Country data Greece||126|
|2005||37th World Scout Conference||Hammamet||Template:Country data Tunisia||122|
|2008||38th World Scout Conference||Jeju Island||Template:Country data South Korea||150|
|2011||39th World Scout Conference||Curitiba||Template:Country data Brazil|
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
Current members of the World Scout Committee
|William F. "Rick" Cronk||Chairman, USA||2011|
|Dr. Mario Díaz Martínez||Vice-Chairman, Spain||2011|
|Simon Hang-Bock Rhee||Vice-Chairman, Korea||2014|
|Mrs. Thérèse Bermingham||Ireland||2011|
|Eric Khoo Heng-Pheng||Malaysia||2014|
|Georges El Ghorayeb||Lebanon||2011|
|John C.C. May||United Kingdom||2014|
|Nkwenkwe Nkomo||South Africa||2011|
|Luc Panissod||Secretary General, WOSM|
|Maurice Machenbaum||Treasurer, Switzerland|
- Main article: Bronze Wolf
The Bronze Wolf is the only distinction awarded by WOSM, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting. It was first awarded to Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell by a unanimous decision of the then-International Committee on the day of the institution of the Bronze Wolf in Stockholm in 1935.
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.
World Scout Centres
World Scout Centre is a brand of the WOSM and actually used by three Scouting facilities in different countries. These facilities are operated by the corresponding regional divisions or by independent bodies:
- Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland, operated by the Scouts International Home association
- Cairo International Scout Centre in Egypt, operated by the Arab Region
- Picarquín World Scout Centre in Chile, operated by the Interamerican Region
The WOSM membership badge, called the World Crest, is a purple, circular badge with a fleur-de-lis in the center, surrounded by a piece of rope tied with a reef knot (also called a square knot). The fleur-de-lis is an ancient symbol, originally used by Baden-Powell for the enlisted scouts of the British Army and subsequently adopted and modified for Scouting. The arrowhead represents the North point on a compass, and is intended to point Scouts on the path to service and unity. The three points on the fleur-de-lis represent the three duties, to God, self and others. The two five-point stars stand for truth and knowledge, with the ten points representing the ten points of the Scout Law (see below). The bond at the base of the fleur-de-lis shows the family of Scouting. The encircling rope symbolizes the unity and family of the World Scout Movement.
As a result of the first World Scout Jamboree at Olympia, London in 1920, leaders there created the Boy Scouts' International Conference. All 31 nations represented at Olympia were the charter members. A Bureau was established at 25, Buckingham Palace Road, London, and the then United Kingdom International Commissioner, Hubert S. Martin, was appointed as Honorary Director. The Boy Scouts' International Conference was later superseded by the World Scout Conference.
The needs of Scout youth in unusual situations has created some interesting permutations, answerable directly to the World Scout Bureau. For years there was an active Boy Scouts of the United Nations with several troops at Parkway Village in New York City, with but 14 members in 1959. Also directly registered to the World Bureau were the 900 member International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone, as well as 84 Scouts of the European Coal and Steel Community, an early precursor to the European Union.
Publications of WOSM include:
- Scouting 'Round the World: a book updated every three years with details on all WOSM member organizations;
- WorldInfo: a monthly circular distributed in electronic format with the help of Scoutnet.
- List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members
- J. S. Wilson
- László Nagy
- Scouts of the World Award
- Facts on World Scouting, Boy Scouts International Bureau, Ottawa, Canada, 1961
- Laszlo Nagy, 250 Million Scouts, The World Scout Foundation and Dartnell Publishers, 1985
- ↑ The Mission of Scouting. World Organization of the Scout Movement (2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-30.
- ↑ World Scouting. WOSM World Scouting. Retrieved on February 1, 2006.
- ↑ World Scout Committee. WOSM World Scouting. Retrieved on 2007-01-01.
- ↑ World Scouting. WOSM World Scouting. Retrieved on 2006-02-01.
- ↑ World Scouting. WOSM World Scouting. Retrieved on February 2, 2006.
- ↑ World Scout Bureau fact sheet. WOSM World Scouting. Retrieved on February 2, 2006.
- ↑ World Organization. World Organization of the Scout Movement (2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-30.
- ↑ How We Work With The UN. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-30.
- ↑ Wilson, John S. (1959). "The International Bureau Goes on the Road", Scouting Round the World, first edition, London: Blandford Press, 134. “"At Balboa we met up with Gunnar Berg and Ray Wyland of the B.S.A., also on their way to Bogota, and had a conference about the question of coloured Scouts in the Canal Zone, who claim British and not Panamanian nationality. It was agreed that they should be taken under the wing of the Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of America, but ten years later they were transferred directly under the International Bureau as the International Boy Scouts of the Canal Zone."”
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