Scouting in Africa
Scouting is a global youth movement the purpose of which is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The Movement has over 40 million members, youth and adults, boys and girls, of which over 3.5 million are part of the Africa Scout Region. The Africa Scout Region is a branch of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Its purpose is to assist WOSM in fostering the Scout Movement in the Africa region. In Africa, Scouting started in 1908 in South Africa. On 13th March 1963, Scout Leaders from around the region met for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria to discuss the organization of the Africa Scout Region. It is also for this reason that, while recognizing the contribution of Scouting in educating and moulding young people as well as in training adults and providing invaluable services to local communities, the 62nd ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Organization of the Africa Unity (now Africa Union) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 21-23 June 1995, declared 13th March the Africa Scout Day. The Region consists of Sub-Saharan countries. It has 40 member National Scout Organizations (NSOs), 7 potential members.