"The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society." The Mission was adopted at the 35th World Scout Conference in Durban, South Africa in 1999. Illustrating both the local and global impact of Scouting, the Mission of Scouting has been captured in World Scouting’s brand as "Creating a Better World”.


"By 2023 Scouting will be the world’s leading educational youth movement, enabling 100 million young people to be active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the world based on shared values." The Vision for Scouting, Vision 2023, was adopted at the 40th World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2014.

Strategic Priorities

The following Strategic Priorities were adopted at the 40th World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2014.

Youth Engagement
Scouting should give young people the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge, empowering them to take an active part in the Movement and in their communities. Involvement, recognition and intergenerational exchange are key in providing a framework for our youth members.

Educational Methods
The Youth Programme should provide a non-formal learning environment, strengthening the capacity of young people to face the challenges of tomorrow. Scouting should attract, train and retain quality adult volunteers to deliver the Youth Programme.

Diversity & Inclusion
Scouting should reflect the societies in which it exists and actively work to welcome all individuals without distinction. This diversity should not only be reflected in the membership, but also the methods and programmes used within the Movement.

Social Impact
Every Scout should be involved in community service and share their experiences to inspire others. Through activities and projects, Scouts contribute to their communities and become leaders of positive change.

Communications & External Relations
Scouting’s profile should accurately portray what we do and why we do it, reflecting our shared values. By using the most impactful methods of communication, and engaging in strategically relevant partnerships, Scouting should be recognised as the world’s leading youth movement.

The governance of WOSM should be transparent, accountable, efficient and clearly linked to its overall strategy, and focused on achieving the mission and vision of the Movement. The roles and responsibilities of the different levels in the organisation should be clearly defined and understood, ensuring a customer-focused approach. In doing so, we ensure high synergy across all levels of WOSM with a high “return on investment”.

Growing Stronger Together - WOSM’s Plan for 2020-2021

For Scouting to emerge as a stronger Movement during the unprecedented challenges and great uncertainties caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever we need to work together. 
Following the decision to postpone the World Scout Conference a one-year plan was initiated by the World Scout Committee to bridge the period between the end of the 2017-2020 Triennium and the 42nd World Scout Conference. Growing Stronger Together - WOSM’s Plan for 2020-2021 builds on the outcomes of the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan, the original planning work for the 2020-2023 Triennium, and the new emerging priorities for NSOs and World Scouting in the post-COVID-19 context. 

2017-2020 Triennial Plan

The 41st World Conference adopted the draft objectives of the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan, which were subsequently finalised by the World Scout Committee. In the Triennial Plan, you will find a brief summary of the Strategy for Scouting, as well as the objectives and key performance indicators set out in the current triennium to progress towards Vision 2023. It also provides a description of how the World Scout Committee intends to deliver the work needed to achieve the Plan (through the Operational Framework).

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