International Scouting

Scouting is a worldwide Movement with over 40 million Scouts , boys and girls, youth and adults in 216 countries and territories. International Scouting is aimed at creating an understanding of other cultures as well as promoting peace and tolerance through our common understanding of the Scouting Aims and Principles.

Sometimes Scouting exists as overseas branches of current member organisations and in some cases Scouting exists, but there is no national organisation. As of today there are, to WOSM's knowledge, only six countries where Scouting doesn't exist. In some of them, Scouting is not allowed.

World organization of the Scout movement

Countries where scouting is recognized by WOSM

There are 161 Countries where Scouting is actively operated  as national scout Organization

Africa Scout Region

Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chad
Comoros
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Congo
Djibouti
Eritrea
Equatorial Guinea

Congo
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Madagascar
Mauritius
Guinea Bissau
Mali
Somali
Sao Tome & Principe
Central Africa Republic

Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Arab Scout Region

Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon

Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Oman
Palestine
Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Sudan
Syria
Tunis
United Arab Emirate
Yemen

European Scout Region

Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece

Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland

Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom

Interamerican Scout Region

Argentina
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brasil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Curazao
Dominica
Ecuador

El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela

Asia-Pacific Scout Region

Australia
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China
FIJI ISLANDS
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kiribati
Korea

Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
New Zealand
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Thailand
MACAU
Polynesia

Eurasian Scout Region

Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Moldova
Russia
Tajikistan
Ukraine

Main Territories

There are 26 Main territories where Scouting exists, often as overseas branches of member Scout organizations:

Anguilla
Antarctica
Aruba
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Cook Islands
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Faroe Islands

French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gibraltar
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Martinique
Montserrat
New Caledonia
Norfolk Island
Puerto Rico
Réunion
Saint Helena
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Turks and Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Wallis and Futuna

Potential Member Countries

There are 29 potential member Countries :

Afghanistan
Antigua and Barbuda*
Belarus
Central African Republic
Congo
Djibouti
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Guinea-Bissau

Iran
Iraq
Kyrgyzstan
Mali
Marshall Islands*
Micronesia, Federated States of*
Nauru
Palau
Saint Kitts and Nevis*
Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe Solomon Islands *
Somalia
Tonga*
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu*
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu*
Viet Nam

WOSM maintains official contacts with the Scouts of Macau, and French Polynesia, which are associate members of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region, and with the Scouts of the Netherlands Antilles, an associate member of the Inter-American Scout Region.

Countries with no Scouting

There are 6 countries where Scouting, to WOSM’s knowledge, does not exist; in some it would not be allowed. These are:

Andorra
People’s Republic of China
Cuba
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Myanmar