Kuwait Boy Scouts Association

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Membership badge of the Kuwait Boy Scouts Association

The Kuwait Boy Scouts Association (KBSA, جمعية الكشافة الكويتية) is the national Scouting organization of Kuwait. Scouting in Kuwait started in 1935, the KBSA was founded in 1952 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1955. It has 5,950 members (as of 2004).

In 1981, Hassan Al-Ali was awarded the Bronze Wolf Award, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

Kuwait Scouting features out-of-school education in character development, skills and traditions and clean living.

Community service projects include participation in environmental services, World Health Day and conducting youth work camps. Scouts also assist several charitable organizations in co-operative activities.

The Scouts have also offered considerable aid and assistance to other Scout organizations in the Persian Gulf area.

The Scout Motto is "Kun Musta'iddan" or كن مستعداً, translating as "Be Prepared" in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is Kashaf or كشاف in Arabic.

Scout Oath

I promise to do my best, to do what I have to do towards Allah, then my country, then my Amir. And to help people in all circumstances and to obey the Scout Law.

International Scouting units in Kuwait

In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in a couple of regions, Safat and Al-Zour, linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA and British Scouts.

See also

Members of the Arab Scout Region

Full members: Algeria | Bahrain | Egypt | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Mauritania | Morocco | Oman | Palestine | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Sudan | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | Yemen
Potential members: Iran | Iraq | Syria