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World Organization of the Scout Movement
The World Organization of the Scout Movement is the supranational organization which governs most national Scouting movements. It is the counter-part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
The World Conference is the governing body and meets every three years.
The World Committee is the chief executive and is composed of elected volunteers.
The World Scout Bureau is the secretariat. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices in six regional divisions:
- European Region: Geneva, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium
- Arab Region: Cairo, Egypt
- African Region: Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Dakar, Senegal
- Asia Pacific Region: Manila, Philippines
- Interamerican Region: Santiago, Chile
- Eurasian Region: Gruzuf near Yalta, Ukraine
The World Organization of the Scout Movement has an International Scout Centre at Kandersteg, Switzerland that is operated under a separate not-for-profit corporation. The International Scout Jamboree is held roughly every four years under the auspices of the WOSM, with members of WAGGGS also invited. WOSM also organises the World Scout Moot a jamboree for 18-25 year olds. The World Scout Foundation is a perpetual fund governed by a separate Board of Governers and supported by donations for the development of Scouting programs throughout the world.
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