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BSA’s Scott Teare takes the reins of World Scouting

wosm-logoScouting is global. The movement was created outside of the U.S., and BSA members make up just 10 percent of Scouts worldwide.

So it’s big news when one of the BSA’s own is tapped to lead the World Organization of the Scout Movement and its 30 million members in 161 countries.

A big BSA huzzah to Scott Teare, who left his post as director of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Division to serve as Secretary General of World Scouting. That makes Teare the CEO of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, a job that tasks him with “promoting and safeguarding the interests of the movement.” He’ll do so from the World Scout Bureau’s Central Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Teare, who has earned World Scouting’s prestigious Bronze Wolf Award, takes office at a crucial time for World Scouting as it undergoes changes in its current management and relocation processes.

The American Teare follows past secretaries Luc Panissod of France, Eduardo Missoni of Italy, Jacques Moreillon of Switzerland, and László Nagy of Hungary.

In an interview published on World Scouting’s official Web site, Teare explains his humble beginnings in Scouting:

“I joined the Cub Scouts at the age of eight,” he writes. “I remember sitting in the back of the school bus with my buddies learning the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. At that particular moment in time, the center of the entire Scouting universe was right there in my little neighborhood where I sat with my best friends. Who could ever have guessed that joining the Cub Scouts would lead me to a lifetime of friendships that would eventually span the globe?”

And now, decades later, Teare gets the chance of a lifetime as he helps guide World Scouting and “do everything possible to reach more young people with the ‘magic’ that Scouting brings to change lives.”

Help me extend well wishes to Scott from the US of A!

9 Comments on BSA’s Scott Teare takes the reins of World Scouting

  1. Bryan, who is putting on the Game Design merit badge at South-by-Southwest in Austin TX in March? I live in Katy TX and know of a few boys (including one with 127 merit badges) who would be interested in participating in this merit badge release. Could you please put me in contact with the person-in-charge to see if these boys could participate in the roll-out of this merit badge? Thanks, Nathan Jensen 832-596-5967

  2. Steve Stockham // January 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    Bravo Scott Teare!! The WSO is in very good hands! I will be very interested to see the results of his tenure at the reins.

  3. Steve Stockham // January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm // Reply

    Sorry, I should have said WOSM (World Organization of Scouting Movement) or WSB (World Scouting Bureau) or just World Scouting. Oh well, I’m sure you guys knew what I meant…

  4. Congrats, Scott!! Very proud!

  5. Perhaps when his tenure is over he’ll bring back a more tolerant perspective to the BSA – a highly successful one held by 90% of scouts and scouting organizations have across the globe.

    • So you’re hoping BSA becomes more tolerant of pedophiles? No? Oh, so you’re hoping for more toleration for some people but not for others…interesting how “toleration” is a double-edged sword, huh?

      • Steve Stockham // January 10, 2013 at 5:52 am // Reply

        You know, it’s just possible that he was referring to co-ed scouting which our boys who attended World Jamboree said just about everybody else was doing.

  6. Julie Drabek // January 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm // Reply

    there is co-ed in BSA,it is called Venture Scouts, and the Explorer program is also a co-ed program, too

  7. Steve Stockham // January 14, 2013 at 9:15 am // Reply

    I wasn’t agreeing with Jake. I was merely offering a different perspective. I’m sure that someone like Scott Teare who has worked in the international division of the BSA is well aware of the perspectives of the various scouting organizations around the world! Rather than turn this into yet another diatribe against Scouting and it’s policies, why can’t we keep this thread on the positive aspects of one of our own being elevated to such a prestigious post? Once again, congratulations Scott!

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