Scouting does not exist in isolation; it is part of the community and it needs to work in partnership with others, from individuals to organisations and institutions at local, national and world levels.
Volunteering is a key aspect in Scouting, not just the adult volunteers contributing to achieving the Scout Mission by supporting the education of children and youth in our Movement, but also all the young volunteers doing the countless good deeds as part of their daily Scouting activities. With over 7 million adult volunteers and millions of other young volunteers, Scouting is definitely one of the leading volunteer organisations in the world. For this reason and more, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), is one of the key partners of WOSM. The UNV programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. World Scouting is hence happy to support this excellent initiative by UNV – Volunteer Action Counts, to help make all volunteer actions (small and big) in the area of sustainable development count at Rio+20.
97 year old Mr. Raymond Aubrac (France) and 25 year old Ms. Siranouche Germain (Haiti) have been Scouting’s jewels, and heroes in their own right. Aubrac, a national hero of the French Resistance was a Scout and a key Scout Leader with Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de France, died on 10th April 2012 in Paris. Siranouche was WOSM’s external representative from Association Nationale des Scouts d'Haïti. She suffered a sudden and severe attack of asthma and passed away on 11 April 2012 in Port-au-Prince.
World Scouting is very sad to lose Siranouche and Aubrac, two of our valued assets, and we pass our sincere condolences to the respective families and National Scout Organizations.
Partners in Scouting
World Scouting Partnership cover a lot of topics :
Children and young people rights
Youth Policies and Non-formal education