Scouting and Guiding in Mali

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Scouting in Mali exists and is apparently working toward World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) recognition.[1] In 1972 and 1982, Mali issued postage stamps with a Scouting theme, suggesting that Scouting existed at those times.[2] However it is one of 35 countries where there is no National Scout Organization which is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement at the present time.

The Scout emblem of the Scouts du Mali is unique in that it features the human effigy tribal figure, kanaga, that appeared on the original Malian independence flag adopted on April 4, 1959, when Mali joined the Mali Federation, but was removed on March 1, 1961 due to Islamic aniconism, the belief against depiction of human life. Mali is about 90% Muslim.

Program Sections

  • Cub Scouts-7 to 11
  • Scouts-12 to 15
  • Rovers-16 to 20

Scout Motto

The Scout Motto is "Sois Prêt", which translates as "Be Prepared" in French.

Scout Oath

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 and to obey the Scout Law.

Scout Law

  • A Scout's honour is to be trusted
  • A Scout is loyal
  • A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others
  • A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout
  • A Scout is courteous
  • A Scout is a friend to animals
  • A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leaders or Scoutmaster without question
  • A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties
  • A Scout is thrifty
  • A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed


Members of the Africa Scout Region
Full members: Angola | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Cape Verde | Chad | Comoros | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Côte d'Ivoire | Ethiopia | Gabon | Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Madagascar | Malawi | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

Potential members: Central African Republic | Republic of the Congo | Djibouti | Equatorial Guinea | Eritrea | Guinea-Bissau | Mali | São Tomé e Príncipe | Somalia