Over 200 Countries. 6 continents. 28 million members.

The Scouting program has swept across the globe since its early English foundings, according to the World Organization of Scout Movement. Interested in knowing what Scouting looks like in other countries? Here’s a quick glimpse of Scouting in some countries:


In India, there are nearly 3 million Scouts. There are also almost a million Girl Scout Guides. This is the Scout Law in India:

A Scout/Guide is trustworthy. A Scout/Guide is loyal. A Scout/Guide is a friend to all and a brother/sister to every other Scout/Guide. A Scout/Guide is courteous. A Scout/Guide is a friend to animals and loves nature. A Scout/Guide is disciplined and helps to protect public property. A Scout/Guide is courageous. A Scout/Guide is thrifty. A Scout/Guide is pure in thought, word and deed.

Here, you can learn more about Scouting in India!


Japan has just over 100,000 Scouts. In the early 1900s, a Japanese teacher visited England, learned about Scouting, and introduced the program to Japan.

This is the Scout Law in Japan.

A Scout is faithful. A Scout is friendly. A Scout is courteous. A Scout is kind. A Scout is cheerful. A Scout is thrifty. A Scout is courageous. A Scout is thankful.

The highest rank in Japan isn’t an Eagle–it’s a chrysanthemum!

United Kingdom

The Boy Scouts roots come from England. The organization was founded by Baden Powell in 1907. In 1910, the association was formed. Then, the organization moved to include girls in 1991.

There are over 500,000 Scouts involved in the Scout Association in the United Kingdom. There are also Scout associations specific to various countries in the UK.

This is the Scout Law in the United Kingdom:

A Scout is to be trusted. A Scout is loyal. A Scout is friendly and considerate. A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts. A Scout has courage in all difficulties. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

This is the Scout Promise:

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.

South Africa

There are about 80,000 Scouts in South Africa. Scouting started in South Africa almost immediately after its introduction in England.

This is the Scout Promise in South Africa:

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best –To do my duty to God, and my Country;To help other people at all times;To obey the Scout Law.

This is the Scout Law:

A Scout’s honour is to be trusted. A Scout is loyal. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout. A Scout is courteous. A Scout is a friend to animals. A Scout obeys orders. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties. A Scout is thrifty. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Across the globe, boys come together to have fun, gain understanding, and become great men. What would the world be like without Scouts? It might be better not to imagine it.


Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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