Scout Movement

Scouting is a global youth Movement that builds friendships, experiences, and skills for life, shaping young people's futures as active citizens. More than 500 million young people and adults have joined and experienced the power of Scouting's non-formal education since it was founded in 1907.

Since then, the Scout Movement has continued to grow and is now active in 172 National Scout Organizations. Today, over 57 million young people, supported by millions of dedicated volunteers, take part in Scouting activities and events worldwide.

57 million
Young people involved in Scouting
5 million
Active volunteers
1 million
Active local Scout groups
172
National Scout Organizations
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Scouting is a growing Movement with a fascinating history. Learn more about its evolution from humble beginnings to becoming world's leading educational youth movement.

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Scouting engages young people in fun activities, outdoor adventures, and meaningful experiences that last a lifetime. Learn more about Scouting’s educational offerings and principles.

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The Youth Programme is at the heart of Scouting and contributes to the holistic development and empowerment of young people to achieve their highest potential as active global citizens.

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“Global citizens are those who identify themselves not as a member of a nation, but instead as a member of humanity. They are understanding and tolerant of other people and cultures. They fight for the protection of our planet. They are committed to service and helping others.”
Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Scout
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