World Federation of Independent Scouts

World Federation of Independent Scouts

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type = Organization
name = World Federation of Independent Scouts

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headquarters =
location =
country = Worldwide
f-date = 1996
founder = Lawrie Dring
award-for =
members = 30,000 (est.)
chiefscouttitle =President
chiefscout =Klaus Tegeder
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website =
The World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS) was formed in Laubach, Germany, in 1996 by Lawrie Dring, a British Scouter with the independent Baden-Powell Scouts Association (BPSA).

The World Federation of Independent Scouts is open to any Scouting association that is not affiliated with another international organization. WFIS requires that member associations "follow, and use, Baden-Powell's original program, traditions, uniforms, morals, ethics, and structure as laid out in Baden-Powell's "Scouting for Boys", amended only for "health, environmental, first-aid, and safety reasons".

At present there are 53 WFIS-affiliated associations in 32 countries, plus one umbrella federation, with an estimated 30,000 members.

Current President of the WFIS World Council is Klaus Tegeder (elected for a five year term commencing in 08/2007). He is the former President of WFIS-Europe and still leading a German Scout Troop.

WFIS Worldwide Committee

The WFIS Worldwide Committee is the chief executive body of the World Federation of Independent Scouts and is composed of elected volunteers. WFIS-Wordwide acts as an umbrella association for each of the regional scout organisations.

Current members of the WFIS Worldwide Committee [ [ WFIS Worldwide Committee] ]

Regional divisions

The WFIS is divided into five regions:
* Africa
* Asia/Australia
* Europe
* North America
* South America

The Asian and African Region are currently inactive, although there are WFIS Associations operating there.


The first WFIS World Jamboree was held in Denmark in 2002, [cite web| last =Cardona | first =John Alberto| title =Welcome to the WFIS Jamboree 2007 | work =WFIS Euroletter | date =November 2005 | url = | accessdate =2007-07-13] with 850 Scouts attending. The event's motto was "Together we are strongest". The Second WFIS World Jamboree was held from 7-14 July 2007 with over 3000 Scouts attending. It was held near Medellín, Colombia. The Third WFIS World Jamboree is scheduled to be held in México, in 2011.


External links

* [ WFIS Worldwide]

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