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The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is made up of 164 National Scout Organizations all over the world, divided into six Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe and Interamerica.

The World Scout Conference, which takes place every three years, is the governing body of WOSM. It elects a World Scout Committee, which is the executive body of the organisation. The World Scout Bureau is the secretariat and is headed by a Secretary General.

The World Scout Conference

The World Scout Conference is the governing body, the "general assembly" of Scouting, and is composed of all the members of the World Organization: the National Scout Organizations (NSOs). An NSO can have a maximum of six delegates at a World Scout Conference.

The function of the Conference is to consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement throughout the world, formulate the general policy of the World Organization, and take the action required to further the purpose of the Movement.

The Conference takes place every three years. In addition to delegates, observers authorised by their National Scout Organization are also eligible to attend the event. Delegations usually include International Commissioners, the Scout responsible for relations with WOSM and with Scout Organizations in other countries.

In conjunction to the Conference, a World Scout Youth Forum is held. Through preparing inputs and making recommendations to the World Scout Conference and to the World Scout Committee, participants develop the skills necessary to take part in decision-making processes. The Youth Forum is open to members aged 18-26, of which many are also delegates at the World Scout Conference. The World Scout Youth Forum is considered as an interim measure to improve youth involvement in decision-making at world level.

Functions of the Conference includes electing members of the World Scout Committee, admitting new member countries, and selecting the venues for forthcoming World Scout Events, namely the World Scout Jamboree, the World Scout Moot, the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Youth Forum.

The most recent World Scout Conference and World Scout Youth Forum took place in 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the next will take place in 2017 in Azerbaijan.

Documentation from previous World Scout Conferences:

40th World Scout Conference (2014)
39th World Scout Conference (2011)
38th World Scout Conference (2008)
37th World Scout Conference (2005)
36th World Scout Conference (2002)
35th World Scout Conference (1999)

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The World Scout Committee

The World Scout Committee is the executive body of WOSM. It is responsible for the implementation of the resolutions of the World Scout Conference and for acting on its behalf between its meetings.

The Committee is composed of the following members:

Voting members:

  • Twelve elected members, each from a different country. They are elected by the World Scout Conference by secret ballot, for a three-year term. The elected members are eligible for re-election for an additional term, serving a maximum of six consecutive years.

Ex-officio non-voting members:

  • The Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of each duly elected Regional Scout Committee
  • The Secretary General of WOSM
  • The Treasurer, who is appointed by the World Scout Committee
  • A member of the Board of the World Scout Foundation

The Committee normally meets twice a year. Its Steering Committee, consisting of the Chairperson, two Vice-Chairpersons and the Secretary General, meets as needed.

Current World Scout Committee members.

Standing Orders of the World Scout Committee

The Standing Orders for the Operation of the World Scout Committee and its Substructures was adopted by the World Scout Committee of the 2014-2017 Triennium. The purpose of which is to provide a common operational framework and a set of standards for the World Scout Committee and its substructures which are consistent with WOSM’s Constitution.

The standing orders refer to a number of policies, terms of references and other documents approved by the World Scout Committee. You can find these documents on the World Scout Committee section on the Intranet.

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Youth Advisors

The World Scout Youth Forum elects six Youth Advisors, whose role is to increase youth participation in the decision making of the organisation. They are elected for a three-year term and take part in the meetings of the World Scout Committee. Youth Advisors must be aged 18-26 and all represent different countries.

Current Youth Advisors.

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Working Groups and Subcommittees

The “core work” as defined by the Conference in the Triennial Plan has been divided in the following four Work Streams, covering the six Strategic Priorities:

  • Innovating Scouting (Educational Methods and Youth Engagement) - led by Mari Nakano
  • Reaching Out to All (Diversity & Inclusion and Social Impact) - led by Peter Blatch
  • Strengthening Scouting’s Profile (Communications & External Relations) - led by Karin Ahlbäck
  • Governance & NSO Support (Governance) - led by Lidija Pozaic Frketic

In addition to the main areas of work embodied in the Work Streams, three task forces will look into topics identified as key items. The Task Forces work independently from the Work Streams, and report directly to the World Scout Committee:

  • Duty to God
  • Fee System & Voting
  • Membership & Growth

The following Standing Committees work on a more long-term basis:

  • Finance Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Constitutions Committee
  • Honors and Awards Committee

To ensure that progress is being made, monitored and reported on to NSOs as well as the World Scout Committee, a transversal Strategy Monitoring Group has also been established:

  • Strategy Monitoring Group - led by Craig Turpie

For more information, see the Triennial Plan 2014-2017

To discover the Scouts around the world contributing to the current Triennial Plan, please see Appointments to Work Streams, Task Forces and Standing Committees of the World Scout Committee.

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Consultative Status

A number of organisations enjoy Consultative Status with the World Scout Committee. The Consultative Status granted to an organisation is reviewed every three years at the first meeting of the World Scout Committee following a World Scout Conference.

For more information and a complete list of organisations with Consultative Status, click here.

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