Interamerican Scout Region (World Organization of the Scout Movement)

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Membership badge of the InterAmerican Scout Region

Member countries of the InterAmerican Scout Region, note several Pacific island chains are linked to the IASR through mainland political ties

The Interamerican Region is the divisional office of the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, headquartered in Santiago, Chile. The InterAmerican Region services Scouting in the Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. Until the 1960s, the Region serviced only Mexico, Central and South America, with Canada and the United States serviced through the then-named "Boy Scouts International Bureau" in Ottawa, Canada. Even today, the Interamerican Region exists more for the benefit of countries south of the Rio Grande, as evidenced by the website being only in Spanish; consequently, the United States and Canada do not participate as vigorously in regional activities as do other national organizations around the world.

badge earned in the InterAmerican Scout Region

The headquarters of the InterAmerican Region has moved progressively southward since its inception, starting in Havana, Cuba, from 1946 to 1960; moving briefly to Kingston, Jamaica, in 1960; immediately relocating to Mexico City, Mexico, between 1960 and 1968; then to San José, Costa Rica, between 1968 and 1992; most recently relocating to Santiago, Chile, from 1992 to the present.

The InterAmerican Region contains one of the six countries with no Scouting organization, Cuba, due to political constraints within the country.

This region is the counterpart of the Western Hemisphere Region of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Regional Scouts administered directly by WOSM

The needs of Scout youth in unusual situations has created some interesting permutations, answerable directly to the World Scout Bureau. For years there was an active Boy Scouts of the United Nations with several troops at Parkway Village in New York City, with but 14 members in 1959. Also directly registered to the World Bureau were the 900 member Boy Scouts of the Panama Canal Zone.

List of Inter-American Jamborees

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1st Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1965
2nd Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1966
3rd Bogota, Colombia 1974
4th Porto Alegre, Brazil 1981
5th Kingston, Jamaica 1985
6th Villarrica, Chile 1989
7th La Calera, Colombia 1990
8th Brazil 1992
9th Cochabamba, Bolivia 1994
10th Muxbal, Guatemala 1996
11th Iguaçu Falls, Brazil 2001
12th San Rafael, Mendoz, Argentina 2004
13th Cusco, Peru 2008
14th Colombia 2013 [1]

List of Inter-American Moot

  1. Bolivia from december 27, 2008 to january 4, 2009
  2. Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil - from december 27, 2013 to january 4, 2014 [2]

External links and references

  • Official Homepage
  • Facts on World Scouting, Boy Scouts International Bureau, Ottawa, Canada, 1961
Members of the Interamerican Scout Region

Full members: Argentina | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Bolivia | Brazil | Canada | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Curacao | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Dutch Caribbean | Ecuador | El Salvador | Grenada | Guatemala | Guyana | Haiti | Honduras | Jamaica | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Suriname | Trinidad and Tobago | United States | Uruguay | Venezuela
Associate members:
Countries without Scouting: Cuba