World Federation of Independent Scouts

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World Federation of Independent Scouts
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Founder Lawrie Dring
PresidentKlaus Tegeder
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The World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS) is a non-governmental international Scouting organization with 82 affiliated Scout organizations in 41 countries. The affiliate Scout organizations collectively had an estimated 200,000 members in 3562 Scout Groups in 2010. [1] WFIS was formed in Laubach, Germany, in 1996 by Lawrie Dring, a British Scouter with the independent Baden-Powell Scouts' Association (BPSA).


The World Federation of Independent Scouts is open to any Scouting association that is not affiliated with another international organization. WFIS requires that member associations "follow, and use, Baden-Powell's original program, traditions, uniforms, morals, ethics, and structure as laid out in Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys ," amended only for "health, environmental, first-aid, and safety reasons."

The current President of the WFIS World Council is Klaus Tegeder, who was elected for a five-year term in 2007 and reelected in 2012 and 2017. [2] He is the former President of WFIS-Europe and still leads a German Scout troop.

WFIS Worldwide Committee

The WFIS Worldwide Committee is the chief executive body of the World Federation of Independent Scouts and is composed of elected volunteers. WFIS-Worldwide acts as an umbrella association for each of the regional Scout organisations.

Current members of the WFIS Worldwide Committee [3]

Klaus TegederPresident
Fabian FigueroaVice-President
Silvana Silva MaurielloSecretary
Per StigaardTreasurer
Marc BruyneelWood Beads (Wood Badge) Coordinator

Regional divisions

The WFIS is divided into eight regions: [4]

The Asian Region and Middle East Region are currently inactive, although there are WFIS Associations operating there.

List of members

Including prospected members

WFIS Africa

5860 members in 2010 [1]

CountryGroupMembership status
Congo BrazzavilleEclaireurs Eclaireuses Laïque du Congoprospect member
GhanaBaden Powell Scouts of Africaprospect member
Ivory CoastAssociation des Eclaireurs et Eclaaireuses Evangéliques de Côte d'Ivoireprospect member
Baden Powell Scouts of Africaprospect member
Scouts d'Afrique de Côte d'Ivoireprospect member
Scouts Unitaires de Côte d'Ivoireprospect member
KenyaBaden Powell Scouts Associationprospect member
NigeriaBaden Powell Scout Association, NigeriaFull member[ citation needed ]


155,303 members in 2010 [1]

CountryGroupMembership status
India The Scouts/Guides Organisation [5] full member
Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association [6] full member
Scout Bharti [7] full member
Shriram Bajpai Scouts & Guides Organisationsfull member
Federation of India for Sports, Scouting and Education [8] Prospect Member
Future Scouts & guidesProspect Member [ citation needed ]
Japan Independent Scouts of Japanprospect member
Nepal Metro Scouts Nepal [9] prospect member
Nepal Independent Scouts Association [10] prospect member

WFIS Europe

10,834 members in 2010 [1]

CountryGroupMembership Status
Austria Scouts of Europafull member
Belgium Onafhankelijke Scouts en Gidsen - Scouts et Guides Indépendantsfull member
Czech Republic Skaut - Český skauting ABSfull member
Svaz skautu a skautek Ceske Republikyfull member
Skaut SSV [11] prospect member
Denmark De Gule Spejdere i Danmark – Baden-Powell spejderne [12] full member
France Scouts de Chavagnes full member
Germany Bund Europäischer St. Georgs-Pfadfinderinnen und -Pfadfinder [13] full member
Bund Unabhängiger Pfadfinder, Stamm Cassiopeia [14] full member
Christliche freie Pfadfinderschaft Goldenstedtfull member
Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Dreieichfull member
Deutscher Pfadfinderbund e. V. gegr. 1911 (DPB 1911) [15] full member
Europäischer Pfadfinderbund - Georgsritter e. V. [16] full member
Europäischer Pfadfinderbund St. Georgfull member
Freie Deutsche Waldläufer Olpe [17] full member
Freier Pfadfinderbund Asgard [18] full member
Freier Pfadfinderbund St. Georgfull member
Freie Pfadfinderschaft Kreuzritterfull member
Independent Scout Association [19] full member
Pfadfinder im Mühlenbecker Landfull member
Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler e.V. [20] full member
Pfadfindertrupp Frederick Selous [21] full member
Solmser Pfadfinderschaft [22] full member
Ireland Baden-Powell Scouts Slygufffull member
Italy Associazone Amici Delle Iniziative Scoutfull member
Associazione Esploratori e Guide Italiani [23] full member
Associazione Indipendente Scoutfull member
Associazione Sezione Scout di Gelafull member
Assoraiderfull member
Federazione del Movimento Scout Italiano - FederScoutfull member
Fedarazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider – FIS Raiderfull member
Kosovo National Scout Center of Kosovo [24] full member
Latvia Latvijas Kristīgie Skauti (Christian Scouts of Latvia) [25] full member
Malta Baden-Powell Scouts Malta [26] full member
Romania Asociatia Cercetasilor Traditionali din Romaniafull member
Russia Russian Union of Scoutsfull member
Spain Associació Catalana de Scouts - Catalan Association of Scouts [27] full member
Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Madrid - Independent Scouts of Madrid [28] full member
Asosiación Juvenil Group Scout Independiente Gilwellfull member
Federación Scout de la Comunidad Valencianafull member
Scout Group Alphafull member
Scouts Independientes del Principado de Asturiasfull member
Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Extremadura [11] prospect member
Grupo Scout San Pío [11] prospect member
Scouts Magma [11] prospect member
Switzerland Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe [29] full member
Turkey Kapiffull member
United Kingdom Baden-Powell Scouts' Association [30] full member
Ukraine Rodzvinskyfull member

WFIS America

3643 members in 2010 [1] [31]

CountryGroupMembership Status
Argentina Asociación Argentina de Scouts de Baden Powell full member
Scouts Navales de Argentinafull member
Bolivia Asociación Boliviana de Scouts Independientes de Baden-Powellprospect member
Brazil Associação Escoteira Baden-Powell (AEBP)full member
Grande Fraternidade Escoteira IMPISAfull member
Canada Baden-Powell Service Association (Canada) full member
Canadian Traditional Scouting Association prospect member
ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada [32] full member
Chile Agrupación Nacional de Boy Scouts de Chile full member
Hermandad Scout del Desierto Chilefull member
Colombia Asociación Colombiana de Escultismo (ACE)full member
Curaçao Independent Scouts of Curaçaofull member
Ecuador Asociación de Boy Scouts del Ecuadorfull member
El Salvador Asociacion de Scouts Independientes de El Salvador ASI-ESfull member
Guatemala Asociación de Escultismo Ecológico Baden-Powell Guatemalafull member
Honduras Asociación Hondureña de Escultismo Tradicionalfull member
Mexico Agrupación Scout Mexicana, A.C. full member
Asociación Nacional de Scouts Independientes Mexico (ANSI)full member
Federación Mexicana de Scouts Independientes, A.C.full member
Asociación Tradicionalista de Scouts Tiro y Pesca, A.C.full member
Asociación de Scouts del Sureste A.C.prospect member
Panama Cuerpo de Exploradores Panameñosfull member
Paraguay Hermandad Scout de Paraguayfull member
United States Baden-Powell Service Association [33] full member

WFIS South-East Asia

Bangladesh Independent Scouts of Bangladesh
China Shanghai Scout Association
South Korea Third Eye Scouting Association
Pakistan Independent Scouts of Pakistan
Nankana Sab Scout Organization
ADABKADA Scout Association
Sri Lanka Independent Scouts of Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Independent Scout Association
Dubai Scout Organization

Jamborees and international camps

WFIS has held World Jamborees in 2002, 2007, and 2011.

In addition to World Jamborees, the WFIS also regularly host regional international camps, such as Eurocamp. The following camps having taken place or are scheduled:

YearEventLocation, CountryThemeDatesAttendanceCountries
2006Eurocamp 2006 Switzerland
2010Eurocamp 2010 Germany
2014Eurocamp 2014 Italy
2018 Eurocamp 2018 Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom Lifelong friendships created by Scouting28 July to 4 August 2018203021
2022Eurocamp 2022 Austria July 30 to August 6 [34]

WFIS also hosts a Jamboree On The Internet:

Member Associations also regularly invite each other to their own camps, examples including:

International Scout Fellowship

International Scout Fellowship
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The International Scout Fellowship is an affiliate of WFIS, but not a member. It is open to former and current adult members of WFIS, to other adult friends of Independent Scouting who wish to contribute to independent Scouting, regardless of their Scouting backgrounds.

The ISF is governed by its World Council which is composed of representatives of each member Chapter. It meets once a year, usually electronically. Its day-to-day affairs are directed by the Executive Committee, which is elected by the World Council.

All positions in the ISF are staffed by volunteers. There are no paid employees.


The badge is that of the WFIS in reverse colours. There is no set uniform of the ISF. Member chapters determine their own uniforms with the badge of the ISF. Other chapters may use casual dress such as T-shirts, etc.

The emphasis of the ISF is on tangible results in supporting Independent Scouting associations, not on formalities.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 WFIS World Council Report 2010
  2. "WFIS WORLD COUNCIL" . Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. WFIS Worldwide Committee
  4. Regional Councils
  5. The Scouts/Guide Organisation of India
  6. Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association
  7. Scout Bharti
  8. Federation Of India For Sports, Scouting And Education
  9. Metro Scouts Nepal
  10. Nepal Independent Scouts Association
  11. 1 2 3 4 WFIS-EUROPE Prospective Members
  12. Baden-Powell Scouts of Denmark
  13. Bund Europäischer St. Georgs-Pfadfinderinnen und -Pfadfinder
  14. Bund Unabhängiger Pfadfinder
  15. Deutscher Pfadfinder Bund 1911
  16. Europäischer Pfadfinderbund
  17. Freie Deutsche Waldläufer Olpe
  18. Freier Pfadfinderbund Asgard
  19. Independent Scout Association
  20. Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler
  21. Pfadfindertrupp Frederick Selous
  22. Solmser Pfadfinderschaft
  23. Associazione Esploratori e Guide Italiani ASCI
  24. National Scout Center of Kosovo
  25. "Sākums - Latvijas Kristīgie Skauti". Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  26. Baden-Powell Scouts Malta
  27. Catalan Association of Scouts
  28. Independent Scouts of Madrid
  29. Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe
  30. Baden-Powell Scouts' Association
  32. ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada
  33. "Baden-Powell Service Association, US" . Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  34. "Eurocamp 2022 Austria". WFIS Europe. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  35. WFIS-JOTI 2010