World Scout Bureau
The World Scout Bureau is the Secretariat of the World Organization. The Bureau is directed by the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, who is appointed by the World Scout Committee and is also the Chief Executive Officer of the World Organization.
The World Scout Bureau consists of its world headquarters and Regional Offices.
History and Location
The Bureau was first established in London, England in 1920. It moved to Ottawa, Canada in 1959, and to Geneva, Switzerland in 1968. Regional offices are located as follows, with the principle office being listed first:
- Africa Region: Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal and Capetown, South Africa
- Arab Region: Cairo, Egypt
- Asia Pacific Region: Manila, Philippines
- Eurasia Region: Kiev, Ukraine and Yalta-Gurzuf, Ukraine
- European Region: Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium
- Interamerican Region: City of Panama, Republic of Panama
As the secretariat of the World Organization, the World Bureau has a number of Constitutionally-defined functions.
- It assists the World and Regional Scout Conferences, and the World and Regional Committees and their subsidiary bodies in the fulfilment of their functions. This includes the preparation of meetings and the provision of the necessary services to implement the decisions of the various bodies.
- It provides services for the promotion of Scouting throughout the world.
- It maintains relations with national Scout organizations and helps them develop Scouting in their country.
- It promotes the development of Scouting in countries where it does not exist.
- It supervises the organization of international and regional Scout events such as world and regional jamborees.
- It maintains relations with international organizations whose activities are concerned with youth matters.
The World Bureau's operations are financed partly from the annual registration fees paid by National Scout Organizations, based on their membership. Other support comes from foundations, corporations, development agencies, and individuals.
Support also comes from the World Scout Foundation, which is building a capital (endowment) fund. Contributions to the Foundation are invested permanently to produce a regular income for the benefit of the World Organization. The Foundation also channels non-capital donations for World Scouting.
The Secretary General is appointed by the World Scout Committee of which he/she is an ex-officio member. He/she is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and directs its Secretariat, the World Scout Bureau. He/she promotes and safeguards the interests of the Movement.