Scouting/Guiding is our educa­tion­al platform – because it is the most widely tested method to turn today’s young people into tomorrow’s leaders. During more than 100 years, over one Billion people have taken an average of three years ‘Scout/Guide Training’. Today more than 500 Million adults benefit from their Scout/Guide training, while working in almost any profes­sion in business, community and civil society. These people make a signif­i­cant positive contri­bu­tion to the world every day, many serving in jobs crucial to education, health, economic devel­op­ment, environ­men­tal protec­tion and peace.

The Scout/Guide Method and how it works

Young people in Tunisia become tomorrow’s entre­pre­neurs not by listening to lectures in a classroom, but by working together building real business­es. Young people in Haiti or Nepal take charge in disaster response, not by talking about it, but by clearing rubble and providing temporary shelter for people in real need. Young women in Sri Lanka and other countries address gender inequal­i­ty not by talking to local author­i­ties, but by becoming finan­cial­ly self-suffi­cient entre­pre­neurs. Thus, through Scouting/Guiding, young people become respon­si­ble citizens recog­niz­ing challenges, taking the lead, taking action to solve problems, and making the world a better place. The Founda­tion is proud to work with this movement. It is already there, it has great impact, but it can do so much more.

Roberta Bondar, Woman in Space

Scouts take prominent roles in entre­pre­neur-ship and adventure. 70% of all female business leaders and women entre­pre­neurs in the US have been Girl Scouts.

Almost all US and Canadian astro­nauts (women and men) have been Scouts.

Well-known, outstanding Scouts

Many leaders from govern­ment, business, civil society, arts and sports have been Scouts as children and/or have taken major roles in Scouting as adults, including Heads of State and govern­ment leaders including HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, US presi­dents John F. Kennedy, George Bush Sr. and Jr., Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, President Vigdis Finnbo­gadót­tir, USSecre­taries of State Madelaine Allbright, Condolez­za Rice, Colin Powell and Rex Tillerson, and numerous EU comis­sion­ers including Margrethe Vestager and Connie Hedegaard. Business leaders such as Bill Gates(Founder Microsoft), Virginia Rometty (IBM CEO), Susan Vojcicki (Youtube CEO), Indra Nooyi (CEO PepsiCo), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) Randall Stevenson (AT&T CEO, James Turley (Former CEO EY) and many others. Leaders in civil society such as former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Leaders in arts such as Steven Spielberg. Leaders in sports such as Venus and Serena Williams.