The Inter-religious Forum of World Scouting (IFWS) first started its work informally in 1997 when preparing for the World Scout Jamboree in Chile (1999). The Forum has since continued to grow and aims to group together all the religions and beliefs represented in Scouting.
There are eight main religious groups represented in the Inter-religious Forum of World Scouting. Some of them enjoy Consultative Status with the World Scout Committee:
Other religions such as Baha’i, Hinduism and Sikhism have also been involved in the Inter-religious Forum of World Scouting or other work linked to the spiritual dimension of Scouting in recent years.
In addition to the work these groups are doing individually for each faith group in the world, the IFWS also does the following:
The IFWS meets annually to coordinate their work. The Forum does a valuable contribution to strengthening the quality of spirituality in Scouting and working for peace and global understanding.