History of World Scout Conferences
Scouting was founded in 1907, based on an educational method developed by Robert Baden-Powell. It was not his intention to create an organization, but Scouting became very popular and spread quickly not only in the United Kingdom but spontaneously to many other countries.
After World War I, the Founder wanted to prove that young people of many nations could come together to share common interests and ideals. He organized what became the first World Scout Jamboree. During that event contingent leaders met and decided that some itnernational framework was needed. Their informal meetings are now considered to have been the first International Conference. They decided that national Scouting leaders of all countries should meet together every two years.
The second Conference, in 1922, elected an international committee and defined their functions. A group was appointed to draft a constitution for World Scouting, which was adopted at the following Conference in 1924.
The aim of the Conference is to promote the Unity, Integrity and Development of the Scout Movement worldwide. This is acheived through a structure and content designed to:
- Facilitate exchanges of ideas and information between members.
- Formulate the general policy.
- Consider reports and recommendations from the World Committee and from Member Organizations.
- Conduct the formal business of the World Organization - elections, applications for membership, registration fees, amendments to the Consitution and By-Laws, etc.
Past and Future Conferences
|1.||London, U.K.||July, 29-30||1920||33||-|
|2.||Paris, France||July, 22-29||1922||30||-|
|3.||Copenhagen, Denmark||August, 18-20||1924||34||127|
|4.||Kandersteg, Switzerland||August, 22-28||1926||29||107|
|5.||Birkenhead, U.K.||August 7-9||1929||33||-|
|6.||Vienna-Baden, Austria||July, 27-29||1931||44||100|
|7.||Gödöllö, Hungary||August, 7-8||1933||31||-|
|8.||Stockholm, Sweden||August, 5-7||1935||28||100|
|9.||The Hague, Netherlands||August, 10-12||1937||34||-|
|10.||Edinburgh, Scotland||July, 26-28||1939||27||100|
|11.||Chateau de Rosny, France||August, 19-22||1947||32||150|
|12.||Elvesaeter, Norway||August, 8-10||1949||25||110|
|13.||Salzburg, Austria||July 31 - August 2||1951||34||150|
|14.||Vaduz, Liechtenstein||August, 8-12||1953||35||-|
|15.||Niagara Falls, Canada||August, 28-31||1955||44||-|
|16.||Cambridge, U.K.||August, 13-16||1957||52||226|
|17.||New Delhi, India||July 29 - August 3||1959||35||185|
|18.||Lisbon, Portugal||September, 20-24||1961||50||203|
|19.||Rhodes, Greece||August, 13-18||1963||52||260|
|20.||Mexico City, Mexico||Sept. 26 - Oct. 3||1965||59||270|
|21.||Seattle, Washington, USA||August, 11-17||1967||70||317|
|22.||Otaniemi, Finland||August, 21-27||1969||64||325|
|23.||Tokyo, Japan||August, 12-17||1971||71||400|
|24.||Nairobi, Kenya||July, 16-21||1973||77||363|
|25.||Lundtofte, Denmark||August, 8-15||1975||87||464|
|26.||Montreal, Canada||July, 18-23||1977||81||500|
|27.||Birmingham, U.K.||July, 15-21||1979||81||600|
|28.||Dakar, Senegal||August, 10-14||1981||74||511|
|29.||Dearborn, Detroit, USA||July, 18-22||1983||90||600|
|30.||Munich, Germany||July, 15-19||1985||93||800|
|31.||Melbourne, Australia||January, 11-15||1988||77||573|
|32.||Paris, France||July, 23-27||1990||100||1000|
|33.||Bangkok, Thailand||July, 19-23||1993||99||1058|
|34.||Oslo, Norway||July, 8-12||1996||108||1028|
|35.||Durban, South Africa||July, 26-30||1999||116||1000|
|36.||Thessaloniki, Greece||July, 15-19||2002||125||1225|
|38.||Jeju Island, Republic of Korea||July, 14-18||2008||150||1189|
|39.||Curitiba, Brazil||January, 10-14||2011||138||918|