Who are the World Buddhist Scout Brotherhood?
The World Buddhist Scout Brotherhood “WBSB” is an autonomous body of Buddhist Scouts, belonging to National Member Organizations (NSO) of the World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM)
It was founded at a Buddhist Scout Gathering at the 20th World Scout Jamboree on the 6th January 2003 at Chonburi in Thailand.
Since the 20th World Jamboree we have represented Buddhism at the following Scouting events:
- 37th World Scout Conference -Tunisia 2004
- World Scout Interreligious Conference -Taiwan 2006
- 21st World Jamboree -UK 2007
- 38th World Scout Conference -Korea 2008
- Irish Jamboree -Dublin 2008
- 1st WBSB Symposium -Thailand 2010
- 8th UN Vesak Day Celebration -Thailand 2011
- 22nd World Jamboree -Sweden 2011
To assist the WBSB in supporting the WOSM on Buddhist matters, we have monk advisers from all 3 traditions:
Theravada -Ven. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht (Luangpor Khemadhammo) OBE
Mahayana -Ven. Ming Kuang
Vajrayana - Lama Gankhuyag Magsarjav
The WBSB was originally granted consultative status with the World Scout Committee at the WSC meeting on the 9th March 2009 and this was then approved for a second time in 2011.
The WBSB Chairman -Prof. Dr. Yongyudh Vajaradul and the WBSB Secretary General -Troll, are members of the World Scout Interreligeous Forum.
Objectives of the WBSB
- To develop and promote the spirit of brotherhood and understanding among Buddhist Scouts.
- To develop an education curriculum that should enhance the spiritual dimension in the personalities of young Buddhists in accordance with the purpose, principles and method of the Scout Movement.
- To promote relations between Scouting and local Buddhists.
- To introduce Scouting in such states or areas where Buddhism is established.
- To co-ordinate the activities of “WBSB” with non-Scout Organizations having parallel objectives.
- To motivate co-operation among “WBSB” members.
- To motivate and promote Scouting among Buddhist boys and girls on a global basis.
- To promote contacts, exchanges and interactions with the Scouts of other faiths.