World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

WOSM is an independent, non-political, non-governmental organization that is made up of 164 National Scout Organizations (NSOs).  These NSOs are located in 224 countries and territories around the world.  With over 40 million members in some one million local community Scout Groups, WOSM is one of the largest youth movements in the world.

The purpose of WOSM is to promote unity and the understanding of Scouting's purpose and principles while facilitating its expansion and development.  The organs of WOSM are the World Scout Conference, the World Scout Committee, and the World Scout Bureau.

WOSM may be found online at

During Scouting's 100th Anniversary Year, 2007, many countries honored Scouting by issuing commemorative postage stamps.  WOSM pictured many of these Scouting stamps on their website.  Although these pages have now been removed, we do have a couple of screen copies of these pages.

In the January 1982 issue of WOSM's publication World Scouting Newsletter contained the article Scout and Stamps: A Long Tradition based on an article by SOSSI member Jeff Ohlfs