Volunteering for WOSM


As one of the world’s largest volunteer-based movements, Scouting is made possible thanks to the dedication and support of more than five million volunteers who are active around the world. 

These volunteers support National Scout Organizations to deliver Scouting’s Youth Programme to more than 57 million young people, engaging them through impactful and life-changing educational initiatives, events and activities. 

Here you will learn more about what it means to be a volunteer for WOSM (also known as the “purple team”) and how to apply through the open call to be part of a global team of volunteers from around the world. 

What is the open call and who can apply?

Every triennium, WOSM opens a call to invite young people and adults who reflect the diversity of our Movement to volunteer at the world level. The volunteer open call offers an opportunity for volunteers to support the implementation of the World Triennial Plan and contribute towards achieving Vision 2023 as our Strategy for Scouting. 

As a WOSM volunteer, you will be part of a passionate global team of Scouts supporting 172 National Scout Organizations worldwide. If you are over the age of 18 and a member of a National Scout Organization, then you are eligible to apply through the open call before the deadline of 15 September 2021. 

Why volunteer for WOSM?

By volunteering for WOSM, young people and adults have an opportunity to contribute their knowledge, expertise and ideas to advance the efforts of the world’s leading educational youth movement. 

Volunteers will have the chance to develop professionally, meet new friends from across Scouting, gain international experience in a multi-cultural environment, and have fun as a member of a global team. Volunteers will also gain valuable exposure and learnings that will enable them to better contribute to their National Scout Organization.  

Volunteering for WOSM also provides great opportunities for National Scout Organizations to broaden their networks, build their capacities and strengthen their visibility within World Scouting thanks to the experience and skills their volunteers will develop and bring back. It is also an essential support for World Scouting to increase the relevance of our resources and support to National Scout Organizations. 

Still looking for more motivation to volunteer? Read the top 10 reasons to volunteer for Scouting.

WOSM volunteer roles

There are various roles you can hold as a WOSM volunteer depending on your skills, interests and the time you have to dedicate. Explore the different volunteer role descriptions below to see which one aligns best with your skills, interests and availability:

How to apply

The process to apply to become a WOSM volunteer is easy and simple. Use the form linked below to submit your application. Once your application is submitted, your National Scout Organization will be notified and asked to endorse your application as a volunteer. We encourage you to reach out to your National Scout Organization and let them know you are applying to speed up the endorsement process. 


Submit your application
More information

If you have any further questions visit our Frequently asked questions to know more about the purple team.


Need additional support about the application process? please contact us at volunteer@scout.org.


Use the package of promotional materials to share the open call among your Scout networks and make sure those volunteers who are interested to apply do not miss the opportunity.

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