|World Federation of Independent Scouts|
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.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.He is the former President of WFIS-Europe and still leads a German Scout troop.
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.
|Silvana Silva Mauriello||Secretary|
|Marc Bruyneel||Wood Beads (Wood Badge) Coordinator|
The WFIS is divided into eight regions:
The Asian Region and Middle East Region are currently inactive, although there are WFIS Associations operating there.
Including prospected members
5860 members in 2010
|Congo Brazzaville||Eclaireurs Eclaireuses Laïque du Congo||prospect member|
|Ghana||Baden Powell Scouts of Africa||prospect member|
|Ivory Coast||Association des Eclaireurs et Eclaaireuses Evangéliques de Côte d'Ivoire||prospect member|
|Baden Powell Scouts of Africa||prospect member|
|Scouts d'Afrique de Côte d'Ivoire||prospect member|
|Scouts Unitaires de Côte d'Ivoire||prospect member|
|Kenya||Baden Powell Scouts Association||prospect member|
|Nigeria||Baden Powell Scout Association, Nigeria||Full member[ citation needed ]|
155,303 members in 2010
|India||The Scouts/Guides Organisation||full member|
|Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association||full member|
|Scout Bharti||full member|
|Shriram Bajpai Scouts & Guides Organisations||full member|
|Federation of India for Sports, Scouting and Education||Prospect Member|
|Future Scouts & guides||Prospect Member [ citation needed ]|
|Japan||Independent Scouts of Japan||prospect member|
|Nepal||Metro Scouts Nepal||prospect member|
|Nepal Independent Scouts Association||prospect member|
10,834 members in 2010
|Austria||Scouts of Europa||full member|
|Belgium||Onafhankelijke Scouts en Gidsen - Scouts et Guides Indépendants||full member|
|Czech Republic||Skaut - Český skauting ABS||full member|
|Svaz skautu a skautek Ceske Republiky||full member|
|Skaut SSV||prospect member|
|Denmark||De Gule Spejdere i Danmark – Baden-Powell spejderne||full member|
|France||Scouts de Chavagnes||full member|
|Germany||Bund Europäischer St. Georgs-Pfadfinderinnen und -Pfadfinder||full member|
|Bund Unabhängiger Pfadfinder, Stamm Cassiopeia||full member|
|Christliche freie Pfadfinderschaft Goldenstedt||full member|
|Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Dreieich||full member|
|Deutscher Pfadfinderbund e. V. gegr. 1911 (DPB 1911)||full member|
|Europäischer Pfadfinderbund - Georgsritter e. V.||full member|
|Europäischer Pfadfinderbund St. Georg||full member|
|Freie Deutsche Waldläufer Olpe||full member|
|Freier Pfadfinderbund Asgard||full member|
|Freier Pfadfinderbund St. Georg||full member|
|Freie Pfadfinderschaft Kreuzritter||full member|
|Independent Scout Association||full member|
|Pfadfinder im Mühlenbecker Land||full member|
|Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler e.V.||full member|
|Pfadfindertrupp Frederick Selous||full member|
|Solmser Pfadfinderschaft||full member|
|Ireland||Baden-Powell Scouts Slyguff||full member|
|Italy||Associazone Amici Delle Iniziative Scout||full member|
|Associazione Esploratori e Guide Italiani||full member|
|Associazione Indipendente Scout||full member|
|Associazione Sezione Scout di Gela||full member|
|Federazione del Movimento Scout Italiano - FederScout||full member|
|Fedarazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider – FIS Raider||full member|
|Kosovo||National Scout Center of Kosovo||full member|
|Latvia||Latvijas Kristīgie Skauti (Christian Scouts of Latvia)||full member|
|Malta||Baden-Powell Scouts Malta||full member|
|Romania||Asociatia Cercetasilor Traditionali din Romania||full member|
|Russia||Russian Union of Scouts||full member|
|Spain||Associació Catalana de Scouts - Catalan Association of Scouts||full member|
|Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Madrid - Independent Scouts of Madrid||full member|
|Asosiación Juvenil Group Scout Independiente Gilwell||full member|
|Federación Scout de la Comunidad Valenciana||full member|
|Scout Group Alpha||full member|
|Scouts Independientes del Principado de Asturias||full member|
|Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Extremadura||prospect member|
|Grupo Scout San Pío||prospect member|
|Scouts Magma||prospect member|
|Switzerland||Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe||full member|
|United Kingdom||Baden-Powell Scouts' Association||full member|
3643 members in 2010
|Argentina||Asociación Argentina de Scouts de Baden Powell||full member|
|Scouts Navales de Argentina||full member|
|Bolivia||Asociación Boliviana de Scouts Independientes de Baden-Powell||prospect member|
|Brazil||Associação Escoteira Baden-Powell (AEBP)||full member|
|Grande Fraternidade Escoteira IMPISA||full member|
|Canada||Baden-Powell Service Association (Canada)||full member|
|Canadian Traditional Scouting Association||prospect member|
|ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada||full member|
|Chile||Agrupación Nacional de Boy Scouts de Chile||full member|
|Hermandad Scout del Desierto Chile||full member|
|Colombia||Asociación Colombiana de Escultismo (ACE)||full member|
|Curaçao||Independent Scouts of Curaçao||full member|
|Ecuador||Asociación de Boy Scouts del Ecuador||full member|
|El Salvador||Asociacion de Scouts Independientes de El Salvador ASI-ES||full member|
|Guatemala||Asociación de Escultismo Ecológico Baden-Powell Guatemala||full member|
|Honduras||Asociación Hondureña de Escultismo Tradicional||full 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 Panameños||full member|
|Paraguay||Hermandad Scout de Paraguay||full member|
|United States||Baden-Powell Service Association||full member|
|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|
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:
|2018||Eurocamp 2018||Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom||Lifelong friendships created by Scouting||28 July to 4 August 2018||2030||21|
|2022||Eurocamp 2022||Austria||July 30 to August 6|
WFIS also hosts a Jamboree On The Internet:
Member Associations also regularly invite each other to their own camps, examples including:
|International Scout Fellowship|
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.
A Scout is a child, usually 10–18 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting movement. Because of the large age and development span, many Scouting associations have split this age group into a junior and a senior section. Scouts are organized into troops averaging 20–30 Scouts under the guidance of one or more Scout Leaders. Troops subdivide into patrols of about 6–8 Scouts and engage in outdoor and special interest activities. Troops may affiliate with local, national, and international organizations. Some national Scouting associations have special interest programs such as Air Scouts, Sea Scouts, outdoor high adventure, Scouting bands, and rider Scouts.
The World Scout Jamboree is a Scouting jamboree of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, typically attended by several tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world, aged 14 to 17.
The Baden-Powell Scouts' Association (B-PSA) is a worldwide youth organisation originating in the United Kingdom, with friendly relationships with similar traditional scouting organisations in various countries. Baden-Powell Scouting focuses on the importance of tradition in the scout movement.
Latvijas Skautu un Gaidu Centrālā Organizācija is the primary national Scouting and Guiding organisation of Latvia and a member of both the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The organization had 759 members as of 2011.
Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs is the largest Scouting and Guiding organization in Austria and the only one approved by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). The association claims more than 300 troops with more than 85,000 Scouts nationwide. WOSM and WAGGGS give quite smaller membership values for the PPÖ: 9,503 Scouts and 10,508 Guides.
Magyar Cserkészszövetség, the primary national Scouting organization of Hungary, was founded in 1912, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922 and again after the rebirth of Scouting in the country in 1990. The coeducational Magyar Cserkészszövetség had 8,145 members in 2011.
The Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderinnenverbände is the German national Guiding organization within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). It serves 47,688 members.
Scouting and Guiding in Mainland China was reported as banned with the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by the Communist Party since 1949. Instead, the Young Pioneers of China and the Communist Youth League, led by the Communist Party, have become the dominant youth organization in mainland China for younger and older youth, respectively. However, China now has multiple and originally separate Scouting activities within its borders. In 2004, the Scout Club of Hainan (海南童子军俱乐部), borrowing heavily from Scouting in terms of emblems, uniforms and activities, was founded in Hainan Province; it is, however, not affiliated with worldwide Scouting. An attempt to organize a nationwide Scouting organization in Wuhan was ended by the government in 2004. The Scout Association of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国童军总会), founded in 2008 serves Venture Scouts in both genders as well as Rover Scouts. The Rover Explorer Service Association operate groups in China.
The Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder is a German Protestant coed Scouting and Guiding association. According to the VCP, the organization has about 47,000 members.
The Scout movement in Germany consists of about 150 different associations and federations with about 260,000 Scouts and Guides.
The Confederation of European Scouts, called in French Confédération Européenne de Scoutisme and abbreviated as CES, was formed in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 November 1978 and is still based in Belgium. CES stresses the European dimension of the Scouting programme and claims to provide the "authentic Scouting of Baden-Powell". The CES is a confederation of national federations. The CES is a split-off from the Fédération du Scoutisme Européen (FSE) later renamed to the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe; it left after controversies about the importance of religious elements in the single associations' programs and co-education. The exact number of members of the CES is unknown.
Scouting in Austria is served by multiple Scout associations, among them
Scouting and Guiding in Switzerland is made up of numerous scouting and guiding bodies which act to provide the opportunities to scout. This could be though Swiss national Scouting and Guiding organizations, through independent troops or through international troops established in Switzerland. While the latter two are similar, there is a fundamental difference because the three independent groups while taking guidance under different national regimes it is a program developed by people in the various cities, where the presence of international groups in Switzerland is a top down targeted programs that have been developed to offer expatriates scouting and guiding in the language they are used to and are developed in areas with a larger expatriate community. All of which are supported the existence of KISC and Our Chalet, both acting as semi-permeant jamborees.
Alexander Franz Anton Lion was the co-founder of the German Scout Movement.
Jamboree 2008 was developed as "an Inter-organisational & International event" which was intended to "bring 600 young people from Scouting and Guiding together — to develop skills & friendships that will lay the foundations for the next 100 years of Scouting". The Jamboree was set up to be independent of Associations, and hoped to involve members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS), the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
The Deutsche Pfadfinderverband is an umbrella federation of sixteen German non-denominational Scouting associations. It was founded in 1970 and serves about 29,000 members.
The World Organization of Independent Scouts is an international Scouting organization for traditional Scouting.
The Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler e.V.(Scouts' Association Globetrotter) is an inter-confessional and apolitical German Scout association founded in 1981. It has about 2000 members and is part of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS), the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), the German Scout Association (DPV), the Bavarian Scout Council and the German Parity Welfare Association. It is recognized by German law as a charitable and nonprofit organization. The association is built on the principles constituted by Robert Baden-Powell. Their uniform is dark blue, they wear black pants and striped neckerchiefs with varied woogles.
The Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) is a co-ed scouting organization in the United States that takes its name from the Scouting movement founder, Robert Baden-Powell. The BPSA is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).