Bhutan Scouts Association

Scouting was introduced in Bhutan in 1970 but it was only in January 1996, His Majesty, the Fourth DrukGyalpo, while expressing concern on a number of issues on education, emphasized the need to adopt a systematic and Comprehensive Programme to address youth related issues. Emanating from this wisdom, and realizing the usefulness and potential of the Scout Programme for the all-round development of youth, the then the YGCD, under the Department of Education launched the School Based Scout Programme as one of the channels to promote as one of the channels to promote value education among the students. The programme achieved considerable progress both in terms of membership as well as the type of programmes conducted. 

In the same year, consequently, on 26th July 1999, Bhutan Scouts Association (BSA) became a full-fledged member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) during the 35th World Scout conference at Durban, South Africa.

The Scouting programme in Bhutan is based in Four Section; Nachung Scouts (Cubs), Nazhoen Scouts (Scouts), Rovers and Community Based Scouts and today it has more than 40,000 members.

World Organization of the Scout Movement

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is a non-governmental international organization which governs most national Scout Organizations, with 28 million members. WOSM was established in 1920 and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories, with a global membership of over 31 million, male and female. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries. The World Organisation of Scout Movements (WOSM) is an international body that supports Scouts across the world.

The World Scout Bureau Central Office in in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and has six regional offices namely; European Region, Arab Region, Africa Region, Asia-Pacific Region, Interamerican Region and Eurasian Region.