World Scout Bureau – European Regional Office


World Scouting

“The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.”

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is one of the largest youth organisations in the world. Scouting is a grassroots educational youth movement that is truly bottom-up in its structure and approach in engaging young people from all over the world.

World Scouting today is a confederation of 172 National Scout Organizations (NSOs) in a network of over 57 million members in more than one million local community Scout groups. Some seven million members are adult volunteers who support the local activities, resulting in a huge multiplier effect.

Through peer-to-peer leadership supported by adults, each local Scout Group embraces the same set of values illustrated in the Scout Promise and Law. Each of our one million local Scout Groups follows a similar system of non-formal education suited to the unique aspects of their local community.

WOSM is an independent, worldwide, non-profit, and non-partisan organisation, which serves the Scout Movement through its NSO members. Its purpose is to promote unity and the understanding of Scouting’s purpose and principles, while facilitating its expansion and development.

The World Scout Bureau (WSB) is the Secretariat of WOSM. It comprises of approximately 130 professional staff, based in nine locations worldwide:

·       Belgium, Brussels (Europe Support Centre)

·       Egypt, Cairo (Arab Support Centre)

·       Kenya, Nairobi (Africa Support Centre)

·       Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (Global Support Centre)

·       Panama, Panama City (Interamerica Support Centre)

·       Philippines, Makati City (Asia-Pacific Support Centre)

·       Switzerland, Geneva (Europe Support Centre)

·       Switzerland, Geneva (Global Support Centre)

·       Ukraine, Kijv (Eurasia Support Centre)