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Version 04/10/1999
Amended 29/03/2001


The Order of World Scouts.

The Order of World Scouts was founded by Sir Francis Vane bt, November 11th 1911 and launched at Toynbee Hall, London. Member organisations included: The British Boy Scouts (United Kingdom) The British Boy Scouts (Australia), The British Boy Scouts (Canada), The British Boy Scouts (New Zealand), The British Boy Scouts (South Africa), The British Boy Scouts (India), The British Boy Scouts (Creillos, South America), The British Boy Scouts (Egypt), The Italian Boy Scouts (The Esploratori) The American Boy Scout (known later as The United States Boy Scout) and French Scouts. The Order's membership was reduced with the advent of the First World War. The British Scouts in Australia continued to exists until the late 1930s with the remaining organisation in the World Order being the founding organisation of which Sir Francis Vane was the Grand Scoutmaster: The British Boy Scouts.

Membership shall consist of the members of registered organisations which require their members to make the Scout Promise and abide by the Scout Law based on, or similar to, the version in this Constitution and which abide by the minimum standards stipulated within this constitution.
Registration of organisations is by written application to the Secretariat of the Order with a request to be entered on the membership roll, which will be circulated to registered organisations, providing freedom of association between members.

4) AIMS.
a) To provide a means of international friendship and co-operation between member organisations. The achievement of the aims to be by international gatherings under the titles; Jamborees, Moots, Rallies, Corroborees and Conferences; or other such titles as in use by the various national scouting organisation world-wide.
b) To promote Scouting throughout the world.


The Scout Promise.
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 keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Law.
1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted
2. A Scout is Loyal to his Country, his Officers, his Parents, his Employers and to those under him.
3. A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others
4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other scout no matter to what country class or creed the other may belong
5. A Scout is Courteous
6. A Scout is a friend to animals
7. A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leader, or scoutmaster without question.
8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
9. A Scout is thrifty.
10. A Scout is clean in thought in word and deed.

Each member Association should maintain these minimum standards;
1) To have in place measures to protect young people from abuse (physical, mental, sexual).
2) To carry insurance to cover legal liability claims.
3) To demonstrate by teaching and example of life, the Christian Faith.

The Secretariat of the Order shall be provided by a member organisation nominated by common agreement of member organisations.
Member organisations may organise international events under auspices of the Order of World Scouts.

8.1 Upon the vacancy of the position of Grand Scoutmaster, the succeeding Grand Scoutmaster shall be appointed by the Chief Commissioner of England in agreement with the Executive Committee, and the Chief Commissioners and Executive Committees of the member organisations in the Order of World Scouts, to which he is also the Grand Scoutmaster.
8.2 The tenure of office shall be for life, excepting that the office of Grand Scout may be vacated by resignation, or the Executive Committee by unanimous vote by postal ballot, and in consultation with member Association of the Order of World Scouts, determine the vacancy of office for a sufficiently good reason.
8.3 The qualification for appointment shall be a willingness to maintain the specific Christian character and witness of the Association and either;
(a) long service to the Scout Movement in general and/or to the Association in particular, or
(b) past membership of the Scout Movement and/or an interest in supporting the aims of, and furthering, the Movement, and
(c) sufficient age and social standing as to be able to represent and further the interests of the Scout Movement in general and the Association in particular.
(d) no impediment due to Criminal Convictions, Bankruptcy, or unable to conduct his own affairs.
8.4 Upon appointment, in the absence of previous membership of the Scout movement, the Grand Scoutmaster shall make the Scout Promise, as in this Constitution.
8.5 It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Commissioners of the member Associations of the Order of World Scouts to keep the Grand Scoutmaster informed about the decisions of the Executive Committee and about the state of the Association.
8.6 The Grand Scoutmaster may attend the General Meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee meetings of the member Associations of the Order of World Scouts.

The Order of World Scouts shall have no funds of its own. Expenses of the Secretariat, shall be kept to a minimum and defrayed by voluntary subscriptions from the other member organisations.

The Constitution can only be amended by unanimous agreement of all member organisations.

Order of World Scouts, Main Office Holders

Grand Scoutmaster.

Sir Francis Vane bt 1911-1912
Albert Jones Knighton 1913-1926
Rt Hon Lord Alington 1926-1932
Samuel Nalty Manning 1932-1967
Percy Herbert Pooley in-charge 1967-1971
Charles A Brown in-charge 1971-1983
Charles A Brown 1983-1992
Edward E Scott 1993-2000
Rev'd Michael John Foster 2000-

Assistant Grand Scoutmaster, Britain.
Captain Masterman 1911-1912.
L C Hobbs 1914-1926.

Assistant Grand Scoutmaster, South Australia.
Joseph Regis-Coory 1911-1914

Assistant Grand Scoutmaster, South Africa.
H C Edwards-Carter 1911-1914

Assistant Grand Scoutmaster, France.
Monsieur Augustin Dufresne 1911-1914

Assistant Grand Scoutmaster, Italy.
Ivano Venerandi 2007-

Colonel Frederick Charles Keyser 1909
Sir Francis Vane bt 1909-1913

Vice President.
Prince Di Cassano of Italy

Honorary President.
Mrs G White Brebble 1932.
Viscount Milton 1939.
The Rt Hon The Earl of Fitzwilliam 1948.
The Reverend Bill Dowling 1997.

Chief Commissioner for Britain.
W G Whitby 1909-1911
Percy Herbert Pooley 1926-1971
Charles A Brown 1971-1983
Rev'd Michael John Foster 1983-2000
David Cooksely 2000-

Chief Commissioner for Australia.
Robert Cambell 1991-

Chief Commissioner for Canada.
Bill Nangle 1999-Resigned

Chief Commissioner for Poland
Jerzy Gach 2002-

Chief Commissioner for Italy.
Ivano Venerandi 2006-2007

Vane introduced the title of 'Grand Scoutmaster'. The office of Assistant Grand Scoutmaster replaced that of Chief Commissioner but this was restored under P H Pooley. The title of President (lapsed with Vane) was re-introduced by Manning and Pooley as an honorary position.