Scouting is an international Movement that encourages meetings across cultural and geographical borders. An important part of Scouting is to meet and develop from the exchange with others from across the globe.
The World Scout Conference, the World Scout Youth Forum, the World Scout Jamboree and the World Scout Moot (together called the World Events) are arranged on a regular basis, on locations decided by the World Scout Conference.
The Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI), the World Scout Education Congress and the World Scout Inter-religious Symposium are also international events organised and/or supported by World Scouting.
The World Scout Conference is the governing body of WOSM. This is where the member organisations consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement, formulate the general policy of the World Organization, and take the action required to further the purpose of the Movement.
Each National Scout Organization can send a maximum of six delegates and a number of observers to take part in the event. There are no age restrictions for delegates or observers.
The World Scout Conference takes place every three years, in conjunction with the World Scout Youth Forum. The first Conference took place in 1920 in England.
Brazil hosted the 39th World Scout Conference in 2011, and the 40th World Scout Conference will take place in Slovenia in 2014. For more information about the 40th World Scout Conference in Slovenia in 2014, visit the event library or the event site.
Documentation from recent World Scout Conferences:
The World Scout Youth Forum provides an opportunity for young members of World Scouting to discuss and express their views on different issues, and many participants are also delegates at the World Scout Conference. Through preparing inputs and making recommendations to the World Scout Conference and to the World Scout Committee, participants will develop the skills necessary to take part in decision-making processes.
The World Scout Youth Forum is considered as an interim measure to improve youth involvement in decision-making at world level.
Each National Scout Organization can send up to two delegates and three observers. Delegates must be aged 18-26 at the time of the event.
The World Scout Youth Forum takes place every three years, in conjunction with the World Scout Conference. The first Forum took place in 1971 in Japan.
Brazil hosted the World Scout Youth Forum in 2011, and the next one will take place in Slovenia in 2014. For more information about the 2014 World Scout Youth Forum, visit the event library or the event site.
Documentation from recent World Scout Youth Forums:
11th World Scout Youth Forum, Brazil 2011
10th World Scout Youth Forum, Korea 2008
9th World Scout Youth Forum, Tunisia 2005
8th World Scout Youth Forum, Greece 2002
7th World Scout Youth Forum, South Africa 1999
The World Scout Jamboree is the largest regular event organised by the Scout Movement, gathering up to 40 000 people from all over the world. It is above all an educational event to promote peace and understanding. The World Scout Jamboree includes a wide variety of activities and also places great importance on the everyday life and interaction on the campsite.
Participants must be 14-17 years old at the time of the event. If you are 18 or older you can take part as International Service Team (IST, volunteer staff).
The World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years in a different country. The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920.
Sweden hosted the World Scout Jamboree in 2011 and the next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan in 2015. For more information about the 23rd World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan, visit the event library or the event site.
The World Scout Moot (or just ”Moot”) is an event for senior branches (traditionally called Rovers) and other young adult members, gathering up to 5 000 people. Moots provide an opportunity for young adults in Scouting to meet together with the objective of improving their international understanding as citizens of the world.
Participants must be 18-25 years old at the time of the event. If you are 26 or older you can take part as International Service Team (IST, volunteer staff).
The Moot takes place every four years in a different country, but this has varied somewhat since the first World Scout Moot in Switzerland in 1931. Canada hosted the Moot in 2013, and the next one will take place on Iceland in 2017. For more information about the 2017 Moot on Iceland, visit the event site.
Information about recent World Scout Moots:
Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) and Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTI) are events that allow Scouts from all over the world to meet, even though they might not be in the same geographical location. For JOTA, participants use Amateur Radio and for JOTI they use the Internet.
Scouts of any age can participate in JOTA-JOTI. The radio stations for JOTA are operated by licensed amateur radio operators.
JOTA-JOTI is an annual event that takes place the third weekend of October, from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday (48 hours). As it starts at midnight local time, it actually last even longer than 48 hours counting from when the first time zone joins to the last. The first JOTA took place in 1958 and the first JOTI in 1997.
The next JOTA-JOTI will take place 18-19 October 2014.
The World Scout Inter-religious Symposium (WSIS) is a gathering of representatives of National Scout Organizations and religious networks, some of which have Consultative Status with the World Scout Committee. The WSIS helps reinforce the value of Scouting as an institution promoting interreligious dialogue, tolerance, solidarity and peace. The WSIS furthers co-operation and understanding of interreligious issues throughout the Scout Movement.
The World Scout Inter-religious Symposium takes place every three years in a different country and is coordinated by the World Scout Inter-religious Forum (a network of religious organisations in Scouting). The first one took place in Spain in 2003.
Korea hosted the Symposium in 2012, and the next one will take place in 2015 (location yet to be decided).
Information about recent Inter-religious Symposiums:
The World Scout Education Congress is a new event (2013) which brings together people from all over the world to share, discuss and debate their experiences and expertise in Youth Programme and Adult Resources.
National Adult Resources Commissioners, Youth Programme Commissioners, International Commissioners, Chief Commissioners and other key NSO decision-makers. The event also invites inputs from experts in the theory of education and from representatives of other youth organisations offering educational programmes.
The 1st World Scout Education Congress took place in 2013 in Hong Kong. Many of the sessions were broadcasted and are still available -together with other material- on the Congress site.
In the Event Library you can find information about camps and other Scouting events taking place around the world. If you wish to add an event to the database, fill in the International Events form and send it to your National Scout Organization for approval. In addition to being added to the database, it will also be included in the International Events List that is distributed to National Scout Organizations twice a year.