Palestinian Scout Association

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Christian Palestinian Scouts on Christmas Eve in front of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem

The Scout movement started in Palestine in 1912. The Palestinian Scout Association (اتحاد الكشافة الفلسطيني) was recognized by the World Scout Bureau in 1945. Official recognition was given by the World Scout Conference in 1996, and the Palestinian Scout Association serves youth throughout the Palestinian Authority. The headquarters are in Ramallah in the West Bank, and the International Commissioner is Dr. Fayeq H. Tahboub.

The Scout Motto is "Kun Musta'idan" or كن مستعدًا, translating as "Be Prepared" in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is kaššaf or كشاف in Arabic.


International Scouting units in Palestine

In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in Gaza, serving as Lone Scouts linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world.

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