Tuesday, July 17, 2012


WOSM statistics

There are 161 countries with internationally recognised National Scout Organizations. (The newest member country is Belarus, as of 5 September 2010.) The countries are listed below with the membership figures of the last official census:

Membership: The membership which is shown in these countries represents only the members (youth and adults) of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), which in most countries includes boys and girls. In some countries mostly in Europe - the national organization is larger than indicated here because it includes girls who are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Joined WOSM: The date is the most recent year that the National Scout Organization joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement. (Organizations in some countries were World Scouting members in earlier years than shown here, but Scouting was disbanded for a period of time.)

Scouting founded: This information is taken from published sources. Note that countries use different standards to define "founded". It may mean the year the first Scout group was formed, or when the national organzation was formed, or chartered, etc.
Scouting was founded on 1 August 1907, the opening of Robert Baden-Powell's experimental camp on Brownsea Island in England.

The World Organization of the Scout Movement recognizes at most one Scouting organization per country. Some countries have several organizations combined as a federation, with different component groups divided on the basis of religion (e.g., France and Denmark), ethnic identification (e.g., Israel), or language (e.g., Belgium). Canada is the only country to have two distinct recognized associations, which are divided by language.

Non-sovereign territories with independent WOSM member organizations

Countries and territories with Scouting run by overseas branches of WOSM member organizations

Sovereign countries 

Served by the Boy Scouts of America

Served by The Scout Association (UK)

Served by Scouts Australia

Non-sovereign territories 




New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

'Potential member countries' listed by WOSM

In 2008, WOSM listed 29 sovereign countries as potential members. Ten of them are overseas branches of WOSM accredited National Scout Organizations (marked by *).[3]

Countries with no Scouting organization

In 2008, WOSM listed six sovereign countries as without Scouting. The People's Republic of China, with assistance from the Asia-Pacific Region, now has a Scout association in its infancy, hence it has been moved to the next section.

Other status 

Author: Ray Saunders 
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