World Organization of the Scout Movement
The WOSM is an international, non-governmental organization composed of recognized national Scout organizations. There are more than 28 million Scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in 216 countries and territories. Its governing body is the World Conference, which meets every three years, and its executive body is the World Committee, composed of elected volunteers.
The World Scout Bureau is the secretariat of the Movement. It serves national Scout organizations from its headquarters in Geneva and its six regional offices in Geneva and Brussels; Cairo; Manila; Nairobi, Dakar and Capetown; Santiago de Chile; and Yalta-Gurzuf. The Scout Movement has the following priorities: actively protecting nature and the environment; improving child health; helping marginalized youth; urban areas and addressing illiteracy and unemployment; job skills training; assisting in the development of Scouting in newly emerging countries; and helping Scouts to address community needs in developing and industrialized countries.
In addition, the Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENES) programme is aimed at establishing a network of locations throughout the world to strengthen the three fundamental roles of Nature and Environment in Scouting:
- education through nature and the environment;
- learning about nature and the environment; and
- action for nature and the environment.
with UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, FAO, UNHCR, UN-HABITAT, UNAIDS, ILO, WWF, as well as the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, YWCA, YMCA and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association.
WorldINFO (electronic bulletin); SCENES, links to official Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment; International Show-and-Do Conservation Project Kit (the Scout Association of Australia/WSB/WWF); Help To Save the World (WSB/WWF); Conservation Information (WSB/WWF); A series of conservational activities (WSB/IUCN/WWF/Japan Expo 70); Scouting: Action for the Environment (WSB/UNEP); The Global Scout; Journey to the Heart of Nature. See the online library.