World Scouting

There are currently over 40 million Scouts, male and female, in 216 countries and territories around the world, and two thirds of these are in developing countries.

All over the world, Scouts take part in activities that allow them to grow and develop as individuals and to feel empowered to make a positive contribution to society.

Throughout its history, Scouting has inspired its millions of members to make a difference, playing a part in creating a better world. Scouts do some amazing things, from simple community actions to large-scale projects such as helping street gangs in El Salvador to reduce violence and planting millions of trees all over Africa. In some of the most difficult conflict areas in the world – Kashmir, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda/Burundi and Northern Ireland, to name a few –Scouts are coming together in local communities to make a difference.

It’s an exciting element of Scouting that we are part of this worldwide family, and there are many opportunities for Scouts around the world to find out about each other and share their cultures and experiences, whether at home or abroad.

The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is an international body that supports Scouts across the world.


Every year Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) connect hundreds of thousands of Scouts across the globe. To find out more or for help setting up a JOTI station contact Giles Haggerty (1st Walton Viking Sea Scouts) on You can also download his hints and tips on getting started here.

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls