The World Federation of Independent Scouts
(WFIS) is the non-governmental international
organization which governs 82 affiliated Scout Organizations
in 41 countries, with an estimated 200,000 members in 3562 Scout Groups
. WFIS was formed in Laubach
, in 1996 by Lawrie Dring
, a British Scouter with the independent Baden-Powell Scouts Association
The World Federation of Independent Scouts is open to any Scouting association that is not affiliated with another international organization. WFIS requires that member associations "follow, and use, Baden-Powell's original program, traditions, uniforms, morals, ethics, and structure as laid out in Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys
, amended only for "health, environmental, first-aid, and safety reasons".
The current President of the WFIS World Council is Klaus Tegeder, elected for a five year term commencing in August, 2007. He is the former President of WFIS-Europe and still leads a German Scout troop.
WFIS Worldwide Committee
The WFIS Worldwide Committee
is the chief executive body of the World Federation of Independent Scouts and is composed of elected volunteers. WFIS-Worldwide acts as an umbrella association for each of the regional scout organisations.
Current members of the WFIS Worldwide Committee
The WFIS is divided into 8 regions: