WOSM has a total of 172 Member Organizations, with the last triennium welcoming three new members:
- Viet Nam
- Solomon Islands
Pathfinder Scouts Viet Nam
On 10 January 2019, World Scouting welcomed Pathfinder Scouts Viet Nam as its 170th member. This marked a historic moment as Viet Nam formally re-joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) after 44 years. The re-joining came following a period of collaboration and unification for Scouting in Viet Nam which was supported by local leaders in close collaboration with the World Scout Bureau’s Asia-Pacific Support Centre and their Regional Committee.
Today, there are more than 5,000 Scouts in Viet Nam and the country’s Scout leadership comprises former Scouts from the business, education, and public service sectors. This journey towards re-activating membership for Pathfinder Scouts Viet Nam has been 20 years in the making, and we look forward to seeing the continued development of Scouting in Viet Nam with great anticipation.
The Afghanistan National Scout Organization
On the 6th of January 2020, World Scouting welcomed the Afghanistan National Scout Organization (ANSO) as its 171st member. This move marked the resurgence of Scouting in Afghanistan following a period of reconstruction and reunification that has been supported by local and regional leaders and government partners.
Scouting has existed in Afghanistan for nearly 90 years, but activities halted in 1979, eventually resulting in the loss of official WOSM membership in 1981. However, since 2004, the World Scout Bureau through its Asia-Pacific Support Centre has worked to re-enter Kabul. This work with the support of Scout leaders from the region and in collaboration with the government’s Ministry of Education established an office that would support the reintroduction of Scouting in Afghanistan.
Today, Scouting has emerged once again at the local level as a result of the collaboration between World Scouting, the Afghan government, and international non-governmental organisation Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support to Afghanistan (PARSA).
The Solomon Island Scout Association
On the 15th July 2021, World Scouting welcomed it’s newest member The Solomon Island Scout Association as its 172nd member. The Solomon Islands branch of The Scout Association was founded in 1928, as a branch of the United Kingdom Scout Association. The branch had been working towards recognition as a National Scout Organisation by WOSM and has a number of ongoing capacity strengthening plans. Support in the journey to membership was provided over many years by the NSOs of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom as well as by many adult leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Solomon Islands Scout Association has a great track record in partnerships with Scouts from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Zealand, and the UK. In 1992, Solomon Islands became one of the founding members of the South Pacific Emerging National Scout Organization Council. This council was formed to encourage mutual cooperation, coordinate support from outside organizations, and establish lines of communication between members and WOSM.
Scouting in the Solomon Islands is composed of more than 10 local Scout groups distributed in 9 districts in all larger islands. The total membership is about 500 young members and 50 Scout leaders and it aims to grow to 3000 members by 2025.