The World Scout Bureau (WSB) is the Secretariat of the World Organization. The Bureau is directed by the Secretary General of WOSM, who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the World Organization. The Secretary General is appointed by the World Scout Committee.
The World Scout Bureau comprises of approximately 120 staff, based in 8 locations around the world:
The legal seat of the World Scout Bureau is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretary General’s Office is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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As the secretariat of the World Organization, the World Scout Bureau has a number of constitutionally defined functions:
The World Scout Bureau's operations are financed partly from the annual registration fees paid by National Scout Organizations, based on their membership. Other support comes from foundations, corporations, development agencies, and individuals. Support also comes from the World Scout Foundation.
The Secretary General is appointed by the World Scout Committee of which he/she is an ex-officio member. He/she is the Chief Executive Officer of WOSM and directs its Secretariat, the World Scout Bureau. The role of the Secretary General is to promote and safeguard the interests of the Movement.
Scott Teare was selected as the Secretary General of WOSM in September 2012 and began his new assignment on January 1, 2013. A career-professional from the Boy Scouts of America, Scott came to his position as the Secretary General of WOSM with a vast knowledge and understanding of the Scout Movement.
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