Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941 43rd Baden-Powell Fellowship Event, Tokyo Over 300 Fellows and

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  • The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that, at any rate, you have not wasted your time, but have done your best.

    Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941)


  • "I am sure that all members of our worldwide Scout Movement join me in extending deep and sincere sympathy to everyone that was struck by the catastrophe of September 11th that shattered or changed so many lives in the United States and around the world…"

    With these warm words, our Honorary President, His Majesty, Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden addressed the 44th Baden-Powell Fellowship Event which was rescheduled following the tragic events which changed the world.


    A message from the Chairman

    Suk-Won Kim

  • Scouts throughout the world have been struck by these events, and have taken time to refocus on the core values on which their Movement is based – international friendship and understanding, community service, and a spirit of confidence in the face of an even more difficult challenge. The World Scout Foundation, faced with plummeting world markets, which have brought pension funds, private investments and endowment funds down with them, has also taken stock of its role. Working closely with the McKinsey Corporation, the Foundation Board has reassessed its strategy for the funding of Scouting, based on measurable results at the "sharp end" (in the effectiveness of National Scout Organisations), a greater accountability to its donors, and a more comprehensive approach to funding of Scout activities. Income from the Government of Japan and advance payments from the postponed New York Baden-Powell Fellowship Event brought income into line with previous years. Despite this however, by the close of the financial year, the market value of the Foundation’s portfolio had dropped significantly. A "bottom line" which might make the reader depressed! But the real "bottom Line" for the Foundation has been "how effectively are we helping Scouting become more effective in this changing situation?" So, this annual report of the World Scout Foundation focuses on facing both these challenges – with these essential core values of Scouting, what is the future strategy in a world which has changed forever. I firmly believe that the world needs Scouting more than ever. It is our role to enable Scouts throughout the world to maximise their impact. Our "bottom line" will measure that. Thank you for your continued support to Scouting!


  • Alexi promises to change the world.

  • Alexi is seventeen years old. Her parents look on as she renews her Scout promise. Her parents are present for a very special occasion, today – the presentation of the ExelScout awards by the Russian Scout Association. "We are so proud of Alexi", says Sasha, her father, a retired teacher, "she has learned skills through Scouts which we were never allowed to even dream of in former times … she is proud to take the lead, she is really self confident, and is prepared to take initiatives … something which was discouraged in our day …. With young women and men like Alexi, the world can change!". ExelScout is an accelerated leadership training programme, run by the World Scout Movement from its centre in Ukraine. So far, 84 young people from all over the former Soviet Union have come to the Red Rock Training Centre to learn about leadership, teamwork and social action, and returned to their home Scout Groups and communities to put their learning into action.

    Looking forward – Living up to 300 million promises


  • John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States of America Neil Armstrong First man to set foot on the moon Steve Fossett Adventurer, businessman H.M. The King Mohamed VI of Morocco

    Like others in the past ...

  • Alexi is one of the first, in one of Scouting’s newest countries, but she is not alone. Part of her confidence comes from the knowledge that before her, close to 300 million other young men and women stood in her place and took the same promise … and lived up to their words. Heads of State, community and business leaders along with millions more whose actions may not have made international headlines, but which individually and collectively are just as important to the world. As Scouts grow they become the fathers, the mothers, the community leaders, and they are of course citizens of almost every country of the world. Scouting does not just build individuals, it also has a real impact on the communities in which its members live. Our "Bottom Line" is what happens when young people are energised through Scouting. Scouting takes a boy or a girl and helps them develop their own self-image, their personal leadership skills, their sense of social responsibility in a safe but challenging environment. Scouting doesn’t TELL young people what to do; young people in Scouting take that responsibility for themselves – they make a promise … for themselves. And 300 million promises have been successful because Scouting is not a rigid, top-down organisation. It is a Movement, comprising at least one million local groups, supported through district and national networks with simple communication lines between nations and regions of the world.


    H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden surrounded by Scouts.

  • •Peace work for Bosnia •Bringing hope to street kids

    in Kenya •Immunising 3 million families

    in Angola •Tackling child labour issues in

    Egypt •Caring for the disabled in


    Bottom Line - Scouts make a difference!

    Changing the world:

  • Today’s 28 million young members are inspired by a simple idea: that they - young people - can take responsibility for their own development, and when they do, they grow and learn and change THEIR world. And it works, because people keep their promises, for life! As any former Scout will tell you, the moment you take your promise, is a moment you will never forget. That moment is moving and personal, you are the centre of the universe, you are the most important person in the world. Your word is as important at that moment, as at any time in your life. Indeed, it is the most solid of foundations on which you can build the rest of your life. You promise to “do your best”. At that instant, you truly believe you can overcome any challenge the world throws at you - that your dreams can come true. Adventurer Steve Fossett has met more than his fair share of challenges and realised many of his dreams. He was the first to fly around the world single-handed in a hot air balloon, he’s slashed transatlantic sailing records, and he has taken part in the grueling “Iron Man” competition – and, he has found time for a career and become a very successful businessman. “When asked how I started in adventures, “says Steve,” I say it was mountain climbing with Boy Scouts at age 11. I believe we need to inspire young people to see life as an adventure, and to make their dreams a reality!”


  • • One million young people have joined Scouting in 39 new countries

    • Five million leaders have been trained worldwide • Nine billion USD worth of volunteer time has been spent within

    the community … And all this is resourced from voluntary efforts and funded 80% from Scouting’s own funds – from fees raised by those young people themselves, And 20% comes from external contributions generated through the World Scout Foundation. And this 20% comes from people just like … you!

    In the past 10 years...


  • Scouts in Africa commit themselves to a Ten Year Strategy.

    Thinking about the future

  • Scouting Sets its agenda for action • Libreville – Leaders of African Scouting, meeting in Libreville,

    Gabon, agreed an ambitious ten year strategy, committing to measurable outcomes in HIV/AIDS; work with Children at risk; and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction.

    • Riyadh - Arab Scout leaders meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, set an ambitious agenda addressing social issues, health programmes and work with children at risk. They were challenged by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Abdullah to work for greater peace and international understanding in the world.

    • Delhi – Scout leadership in the Asia/Pacific region, meeting in Delhi, India, highlighted equal opportunities; human rights; peace and family, as targets for action in the coming three years.

    • Cochabamba – Leaders of Scouting in the Inter-America region, meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, committed themselves to more effective community level action,

    • Prague - European Scouts, at their regional conference in Prague, Czech Republic, emphasised the need for greater cooperation with other regions; initiatives for building peace and understanding; environmental education; and reaching out to marginalised groups within society.

    • Belarus - Scouts in Eurasia, meeting in Minsk, Belarus, committed themselves to building democracy through their community actions; to work with young people at risk of social exclusion and building leadership.

    World Scout News Round-up 2001/2002


  • Doreen Taillens, Executive Secretary Board Members: Fredrik Gottlieb Lars Kolind John R. Donnell, Jr.

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    43rd Baden-Powell Fellowship Event, Tokyo Over 300 Fellows and friends attended the Gala Dinner for the spectacular Event in Tokyo. Twent