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Scouting: the promise of a better world

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The Scout Movement was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. 2007 is the dawn of a new century of Scouting.

The World Scout Bureau

The Scout Movement is a non-partisan movement of active volunteers in a global network of local groups that belong to national Scout organisations in 155 countries. The World Organization of the Scout Movement is an independent, non-profit organisation at the service of the Scout Movement, composed of national organisations. It has had consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1947. It is recognised by the majority of UN agencies and governments and works in collaboration with other agents in the world of education and civil society.

The World Scout Bureau is the Organization’s secretariat, and its headquarters are in Geneva. It also operates from six regional offices: Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe and Interamerica. World Scouting is mainly financed by contributions from national Scout organisations. Other resources come from foundations, international and national agencies, the private sector and individual donors. Significant support is received from the World Scout Foundation.

The World Scout Foundation

World Scout Bureau Tel: (+41 22) 705 10 10 Fax: (+41 22) 705 10 20 World Scout Foundation Tel: (+41 22) 705 10 90 Fax: (+41 22) 705 10 99 Rue du Pré-Jérôme 5 PO Box 91 CH-1211 Geneva 4 Plainpalais Switzerland

The World Scout Foundation actively seeks and receives contributions that are invested in an endowment fund that provides regular income for World Scouting. The Honorary Chairman of the Foundation is His Majesty the King of Sweden. The Baden-Powell Fellowship is composed of individuals or companies that provide financial support for the development of Scouting around the world.

Scouting offers young people opportunities for involvement, excitement and empowerment Scouting: - develops self-knowledge through exploring, discovering and learning; - offers the possibility to discover the world beyond school, to learn from others and to pass on knowledge to younger members. -

plays a complementary role to school and family by responding to different needs;

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World Scouting

Challenges, adventure, friendship

are changing the world

- is open to everyone who - of their own free will - accepts its aim, fundamental principles and method.

The Scout Method Based on the values stated in the Promise and Law, Scouting proposes: - A commitment to personal, social and spiritual principles - Personal development objectives - Stimulating and attractive activities - Contact with nature - Learning by doing - Working in teams

28 million young people

A global leading youth movement for the XXIst century Scouting: - is an educational movement for young people based on values - is dynamic and innovative - involves a growing number of young people (boys and girls), without distinction of origin, religious beliefs or social background - offers adults (men and women from all cultures), the opportunity to support young people with the process of self-development.

- Experience of leadership and democracy - Adult volunteers who support young people.

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Creating a better world



Scouting is a social force that takes action at an international level. It is a leading global movement for advocacy in the following fields:

The Scout Movement makes a constructive contribution to society. Scouts do “good deeds” in many diverse areas:

- Understanding the effects of globalisation

- Equal opportunities for men and women

- Sustainable development

- Youth involvement and youth citizenship


- Cultural diversity - The rights of children and young people - Youth employability - Responsible governance - The fight against racism - The fight against social exclusion

- Youth policies - The promotion of non-formal education - The promotion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals - Protection of the environment


Educating young people to play an constructive role in society

Agriculture and food production Emergency and humanitarian aid Clean drinking water Literacy Renewable energies Street children The acquisition of life skills Professional training Sanitation Integration of people with disabilities Fighting against child labour Support for migrants and indigenous communities Prevention and fights against AIDS Drug prevention Family violence prevention Child protection Rehabilitation of child soldiers Child and adolescent health

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28 million young people are changing the world  

A colourful flyer to explain what Scouting is