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World Federation of Independent Scouts

World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS)

(89 member associations in 43 countries, around 200 000 members, founded 1996)

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 UK-based BPSA, founded in 1970, is probably the most widespread and largest of these independent Scouting organizations. The BPSA was formed at least partly in reaction to the UK Scout Association's "Advance Party Report" (1966). This study resulted in substantial changes to British Scouting which caused some British Scouts/Scouters to seek alternatives they felt were closer to Baden-Powell's original program. Interestingly, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (B-P's widow) supported the BPSA and authorized the organization to use the Baden-Powell name.

WFIS is open to any Scouting association that is not affiliated with another international organization. They require that member associations "follow, and use, B-P's original program, traditions, uniforms, morals, ethics, and structure as laid out in B-P's Scouting for Boys", amended only for "health, environmental, first-aid, and safety reasons".

The BPSA (also B-PSA) (Baden-Powell Scouts Association) is a multinational association, with the home association in the UK and branch associations in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, and the US. In Canada and the US, they are called the Baden-Powell Service Association.

In addition to the associations below, the International Scout Fellowship is an affiliate of WFIS for former and current adult members of WFIS.

Member Associations listed alphbetically by country (some of these, especially in Germany are single groups):


  1. Argentina—BPSA - Argentina
  2. Argentina—Scouts Navales de Argentina
  3. Austria—Scouts fo Europa
  4. Bangladesh—Independent Scouts of Bangladesh
  5. Belgium—Onafhankelijke Scouts en Gidsen (umbrella group for 3 local Scout groups)
  6. Bolivia—Asociación Boliviana de Scouts Independientes de Baden-Powell [provisional member]
  7. Brazil—Asociación Escoteria Baden Powell/AEBP Brasil, 2007
  8. Brazil—Grande Fraternidade Escoteira Impisa
  9. Canada/Alberta—BPSA Alberta [provisional member]
  10. Canada/British Columbia—BPSA British Columbia, 1997
  11. Canada/New Brunswick—BPSA New Brunswick, 2006
  12. Canada/Ontario—BPSA Ontario, 1998
  13. Canada—ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada
  14. Chile—Agrupación Nacional de Boy Scouts de Chile/ANBSCH (Boy Scouts of Chile), 1982
  15. Chile—Hermandad Scout del Desierto Chile
  16. Colombia—Asociación Colombiana de Escultismo/ACE
  17. Costa Rica—Scouts Independientes de Costa Rica
  18. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Association des Eclaireurs et Eclaaireuses Evangéliques de Côte d'Ivoire
  19. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Baden Powell Scouts of Africa
  20. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Scouts d'Afrique de Côte d'Ivoire (sub-assocation of Conférence Ivorienne du Scoutisme)
  21. Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—Scouts Unitaires de Côte d'Ivoire
  22. Czech Republic—SKAUT – cesky skauting ABS
  23. Czech Republic—Svaz skautu a skautek Ceske Republiky
  24. Denmark—De Gule Spejdere i Danmark (Baden-Powell Scouts of Denmark), 1984
  25. Ecuador—Asociación de Boy Scouts del Ecuador
  26. El Salvador—Asociación de Scouts Independiente de El Salvador/ASI-ES
  27. France—Scouts de Chavagnes
  28. Germany—Bund Europäischer St. Georgs- Pfadfinderinnen und -Pfadfinder/BESP
  29. Germany—Bund unabhängiger Pfadfinder/BuP
  30. Germany—CP Dreieich
  31. Germany—Deutscher Pfadfinderbund gegründet 1911/DPB1911, 1953 (originally 1911) (~100 members)
  32. Germany—EPSG Baunach
  33. Germany—Europäischer Pfadfinderbund - Georgsritter e.V.
  34. Germany—Freie Deutsche Waldläufer Olpe/FDWL, 1962
  35. Germany—Freie Pfadfinderschaft Kreuzritter
  36. Germany—Freier Pfadfinderbund Asgard
  37. Germany—Freier Pfadfinderbund St. Georg/FPG
  38. Germany—Independent Scout Association/ISA, 1989
  39. Germany—Pfadfinder im Mühlenbecker Land e.V.
  40. Germany—Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler e.V., 1981
  41. Germany—Pfadfindertrupp Frederick Selous
  42. Germany—Solmser Pfadfinderschaft
  43. Ghana—Baden Powell Scouts of Africa
  44. Guatemala—Asociación de Escultismo Baden-Powell Guatemala
  45. Honduras—Asociación Hondureña de Escultismo Tradicional/AHET, 2012
  46. India—Hindustan Scout and Guides Association
  47. India—The Scouts/Guides Organisation
  48. Ireland—Ireland Slyguff [County Carlow]
  49. Italy—AEGI(Esploratie e guide d´Italia)
  50. Italy—Associazone Amici Delle Iniziative Scout – AMIS
  51. Italy—Associazione Indipendente Scout/ASSISCOUT
  52. Italy—Associazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider/Assoraider
  53. Italy—Associazione Sezione Scout di Gela
  54. Italy—Federazione del Movimento Scout Italiano - FederScout, 1986 (umbrella group for 20 associations, mostly single groups)
  55. Italy—Fedarazione Italiana di Scautismo Raider/FIS Raider
  56. Kenya—Baden Powell Scouts Association
  57. Korea, South—Third Eye Scouting Association
  58. Kosovo—National Scout Center of Kosovo (QNVK-NSCK-NCIK)
  59. Latvia—LKS - Latvijas Kristigie Skauti (Christian Scouts of Latvia)
  60. Malta—Baden-Powell Scouts Malta
  61. Mexico—Agrupación Scout Mexicana AC
  62. Mexico—Asociación de Scouts del Sureste AC [provisional member]
  63. Mexico—Asociación Nacional de Scouts Independientes/ANSI
  64. Mexico—Asociación Tradicionalista de Scouts Tiro y Pesca AC
  65. Mexico—Federación Mexicana de Scouts Independientes/FMSI (Mexican Federation of Independent Scouts), 2002
  66. Netherlands Antilles—Asosiashon di Skouting di Korsou (Skouting Korsou) [Curaçao]
  67. Netherlands Antilles—Independent Scouts of Curaçao
  68. Pakistan—ADABKADA Scout Association
  69. Pakistan—Independent Scouts of Pakistan
  70. Pakistan—Islamabad Scouting Association
  71. Pakistan—Nankana Sab Scout Organization
  72. Panama—Cuerpo de Exploradores Panameños
  73. Paraguay—Hermandad Scout de Paraguay
  74. Romania—Asociatia Cercetasilor Traditionali din Romania/ACT-RO
  75. Russia—Russian Union of Scouts
  76. Spain—Associació Catalana de Scouts - Catalonian Association of Scouts
  77. Spain—Asociación de Scouts Independientes de Madrid/ASIM - Independent Scouts of Madrid
  78. Spain—Asociación Juvenil Grupo Scout Independiente Gilwell
  79. Spain—Federación Scout de la Communidad Valenciana
  80. Spain—Grupo Scout Alpha [Almeria]
  81. Spain—Scouts Independientes del Principado de Asturias
  82. Sri Lanka—Independent Scouts of Sri Lanka
  83. Switzerland—Feuerkreis Niklaus von Flüe, 1988
  84. Turkey—Kapif
  85. Ukraine—Association of Scouts "Rozvidnyk" (Vdyn & Lviv region) (2010)
  86. United Arab Emirates—Dubai Scout Organization
  87. United Arab Emirates—United Arab Emirates Independent Scout Association
  88. UK—Baden-Powell Scouts Association/BPSA, 1970
  89. US—Baden-Powell Service Association, 2006 (affiliated with the UK's BPSA)
See our 'All Scout Countries' pages for more details on each organization listed above.
Baden-Powell Scouts Association AEBP Brazil
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