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The European-Mediterranean Region

Our European-Mediterranean Region reaches from Iceland to Iraq and from Portugal to Finland, encompassing the Christian world of Europe and the Middle-East.

According to our records the EM Region currently has a membership of 24 full and 8 observer members. Information about member and observer member associations within the region can be found on the map of the region.

There are 46 Associations in the WOSM European Scout Region many of which in the past, were members of ICCS but have since left the fold. There are many reasons for the fall off in membership: on the one hand we have the abolition of ‘Federations’ by the World Scout Committee and the drive towards having only one association per country, and on the other: the advent of ‘multi-denominational’ associations brought about by the cultural shifts towards pluralism within the members states of the European Union.

This has had a dramatic effect on the practice of spiritual and religious activities within Scouting, with for example: a ‘Scouts Own’ or morning meditation being offered as a substitute for Mass, so as avoid offending ‘non-believers’! – this trend is increasing even within traditional Catholic associations. However, there are still a majority of associations (both Catholic and multi-denominational) who in part fulfilment of the section of the Scout Promise that deals with Duty to God strive, to diligently promote the religious dimension of Scouting, this ensuring that the faith belief and practices of their members are are fully supported and facilitated.