Korea Scout Association

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The Korea Scout Association is the national Scouting association of South Korea.

Scouting was founded in Korea in 1922 while under Japanese rule, and sent representatives to the first Far East Scouting competition in Beijing in 1924. However, it was banned by the occupation authorities from 1937 until August 15, 1945.

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It existed in all areas of the Korean peninsula prior to the Korean War in 1950. World Organization of the Scout Movement recognition came in 1953. The total membership in 2004 was 202,668 registered Scouts.

The Tiger Scout is the highest rank and award the Scout and the Venture Scout achieved.

Dr. Yong-Woo Kim, the first Tiger Scout and former Minister of Korea was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1975.


The highest rank is the Tiger Scout.

World and regional events hosted by Boy Scouts of Korea

  • 17th World Scout Jamboree, 1991
  • 17th Asia Pacific Jamboree, 1996
  • Asia Pacific Regional Youth Forum, 1996
  • 21st Asia-Pacific/10th Korea National Jamboree, 2000
  • Asia-Pacific Workshop on Youth Programme, 2000
  • International Patrol Jamboree, 2002
  • Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on PR, ICT and Marketing, 2003

International Scouting units in South Korea

There are two organizations focused on serving children of American military families living in South Korea and elsewhere in eastern Asia and the western Pacific: USA Girl Scouts Overseas (GSUSA), serviced by the West Pacific Girl Scout Council, and Boy Scouts of America (BSA), serviced by the Korea District of the Far East Council. These councils serve BSA and GSUSA units comprised of children of diplomatic, business and military personnel, and international units run under their auspices.

Scouting in North Korea

North Korea shared a common Scout history with South Korea until 1950, but at present is one of only six of the world's independent countries that do not have Scouting.

See also


  1. . "History". Korea Scout Association website. http://www.scout.or.kr/eng/history.htm. Retrieved 2006-01-10. 

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Members of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region

Full members: Australia | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Brunei | Republic of China (Taiwan) | Fiji | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan | Kiribati | South Korea | Malaysia | Maldives | Mongolia | Nepal | New Zealand | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand
Associate members: Macau | French Polynesia
Potential members: Afghanistan | Cambodia | East Timor | Nauru | Samoa | Solomon Islands | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu | Vietnam
Countries without Scouting: People's Republic of China (mainland) | North Korea | Laos | Myanmar