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Milestones of World Scouting


Creation of the World Scout Parliamentary Union, Korea at its constituent assembly gathering 60 parliamentarians and Scouting officials from 22 countries on 5 continents.
17th World Scout Jamboree, Mount Sorak National Park, Republic of Korea. 20,000 participants representing 135 countries and territories. Introduction of the Global Development Village.


9th World Moot, Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland. 1,400 participants from 52 countries.
35th JOTA: at the invitation of the World Federation of Great Towers, Scouts and Guides had the opportunity to communicate from the tops of 13 towers around the world using the newest communication systems including videophone and television as well as amateur radio.
For the first time all five Regional Scout Conferences met in the same year and all will now meet on a triennial basis in the year preceding World Scout Conferences.
Creation of Scout Resources International (SCORE), the official Scout Shop of the World Organization.


33rd World Scout Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, with more than 1,000 participants from 99 member countries.
Opening of a World Scout organization office in Yalta-Gurzuf in Crimea covering the CIS and related countries.


International symposium on "Scouting: Youth without Borders, Partnership and Solidarity", Marrakech, Morocco. 440 participants representing 118 Scout associations from 94 countries. Adoption of the Marrakech Charter to enhance partnership.
Signature of an agreement with UNICEF on Oral Rehydration Therapy, Geneva, Switzerland.
The International Public Relations Association bestowed its annual President's Award on to WOSM for "outstanding contribution to better world understanding".


18th World Scout Jamboree, Netherlands. 28,960 Scouts, leaders and staff attended from 166 countries and territories. Operation Flevoland pemitted Scouts from 50 countries to participate.
Signing of an agreement of co-operation between the World Scout Organization and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the UN. Youth Forum held by the UN in Geneva, Switzerland; approximately 2/3rd of delegates were or had been Scouts or Girl Guides.


6th World Youth Forum, Moss, Norway.
34th World Scout Conference, Oslo, Norway, with more than 1,000 participants from 108 member countries.
10th World Scout Moot, Sweden.
1st Mongolian Jamboree. 1,200 participants.
Membership in World Organization reaches 140 countries.


90th Anniversary of Scouting.
Creation of the Eurasia World Scout Region, serving the 12 countries of the C.I.S.
1st official Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI).
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the World Health Organization, AHM (Leprosy Relief Organization) and WOSM to eliminate leprosy.
Opening of an Operations Centre in Dakar, Senegal to serve French Speaking associations in West Africa.
2nd World Scout Parliamentary Union General Assembly, Manila, Philippines.
WOSM and four other youth Organizations launch programme to promote the value of non-formal education.


New "World Scout Pin" launched.
19th World Scout Jamboree held in Picarquin, Chile.


WOSM member countries reach 152.
7th World Scout Youth Forum, South Africa
35th World Scout Conference, Durban South Africa, with nearly 1,000 people from 116 countries.

Peace Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean


11th World Scout Moot, Mexico. 5,000 participants, 71 countries

3rd World Scout Parliamentary Union General Assembly, Warsaw, Poland.


WOSM member countries: 154

8th World Scout Youth Forum, Greece
36th World Scout Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, with 1,225 people from 125 countries.

20th World Scout Jamboree, Sattahip, Thailand. 24,000 participants from 147 countries and territories.


4th World Scout Parliamentary Union General Assembly, Cairo, Egypt. (December)

The first World Scout Interreligious Symposium held in Valencia, Spain with representatives of 12 religions and 33 national Scout organizations. (December)


Panafrican Youth Forum on AIDS: a matter of education. Organized by WOSM on behalf of the Alliance of Youth CEO's. Dakar, Senegal. Attended by 300 from 42 countries. (March)

Dr. Eduardo Missoni (Italy) becomes Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. (1 April)


World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations' Millennium Campaign.
9th World Scout Youth Forum, Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia.
37th World Scout Conference, Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia with 122 Member Countries.
UNICEF and World Scouting sign Memorandum of Understanding.
WOSM member countries: 155


1st Eurasia Jamboree held in Byurakan, Armenia.

New World Scout Brand launched in October.


Centenary of Scouting.

150th Anniversary of B-P's birth.

21st World Scout Jamboree, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, United Kingdom.

Scouting's Sunrise 1 August.

Gifts for Peace project presents more than 120 projects.

50th JOTA.

1st World Congress on Education to be held in Geneva.

Mr. Luc Panissod (France) becomes Acting Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (November).


Kazakhstan's National Scout Organization, 'the Organization of the Scout Movement of Kazakhstan (OSMK)', becomes an official member of WOSM on 16 January 2008.

1 July 2008: National Association of Cambodian Scouts (NACS); Association of Scouts of Montenegro; Scouts of Syria; National Organization of Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU) joined WOSM. This brings the total number of Member Organizations of WOSM to 160. The admission of Montenegro as a Member Organization changes the status of the National Scout Organization of Serbia, which retains membership in WOSM. They will also receive a new certificate of membership at the Korea Conference.

10th World Scout Youth Forum, Iskan, Republic of Korea. 7-10 July 2008.
38th World Scout Conference, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. 14-18 July 2008.

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