National Scout Organization of Thailand

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National Scout Organization of Thailand
National Scout Organization of Thailand.png
HeadquartersBangkok
Location154 Vajiravudh House, Rama I, Wangmai, Pratumwan, Bangkok 10330
CountryThailand
FoundedJuly 1, 1911
FounderKing Vajiravudh
Membership828,248
Chief ScoutKing of Thailand
AffiliationWorld Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
scoutthailand.org
Scouting portal
 
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National Scout Organization of Thailand
National Scout Organization of Thailand.png
HeadquartersBangkok
Location154 Vajiravudh House, Rama I, Wangmai, Pratumwan, Bangkok 10330
CountryThailand
FoundedJuly 1, 1911
FounderKing Vajiravudh
Membership828,248
Chief ScoutKing of Thailand
AffiliationWorld Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
scoutthailand.org
Scouting portal

The National Scout Organization of Thailand (NSOT; Thai: คณะลูกเสือแห่งชาติ, RTGS: Khana Luk Suea Haeng Chat) is the national scouting organization of Thailand. Scouting was founded in Thailand in 1911 and was among the charter members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922. It is currently regulated by the Scouting Act, BE 2551 (2008). The organization has 828,248 members (as of 2013)[1] and is open to boys and girls.

Early history[edit]

Thai pupils in Scouting dress gathering at Na Wa High School, Nakhon Phanom province (Isan)

Scouting was first introduced in Thailand on July 1, 1911 by King Rama VI, who is known as the Father of Thai Scouting. Thailand claims to be the third country in the world to establish Scouting,[2] but it was more likely fourth. King Rama VI brought back the idea of Scouting from Great Britain where he studied.[2]

Abhai Chandavimol served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1965 to 1971. Five Thais have been honored with the Bronze Wolf, the highest distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded for execeptional services to Scouting. Recipients and the year they received the Bronze Wolf are: Abhai Chandavimol (1971), Dansuputra Chitra (1976), Visudharomn Kong (1980), and Bhethai Amatayakul (1984), and Bhumibol Adulyadej (2006).

Scouting and schools[edit]

The highest rank of the National Scout Organization of Thailand

Although Scouting is part of the school program, especially for grades 6-8, it is not actually mandatory. Options do exist for participation in other youth programs, such as the Thai Red Cross; however, the vast majority of Thai youth participate in Scouting. Scouts wear their Scout uniforms to school once a week, though which day of the week is set by the local schools.[2]

Programs[edit]

Badge for girls taking part in the Scout program

Thai youth are normally placed in a Scouting program based on the school grade they are in, not their age.


ProgramGradeAges
Cub Scouts1-37-9
Scouts4-610-12
Senior Scouts7-913-15
Rover10 to young adults16-25
Sea Scouts10 to young adults16-25
Air Scouts10 to young adults16-25

Sea Scouts are supported by the Royal Thai Navy and Air Scouts by the Royal Thai Air Force.

Scout ideals and methods[edit]

Colours of the National Scout Organization of Thailand
Colours of Thai Provincial Scout
Jamboree badge of the Asia Pacific Scout Region

Major Scouting events in Thailand[edit]

EventYear
3rd Asia Pacific Scout Conference1963
33rd World Scout Conference1993
38th Asia Pacific Basic Management Course1994
1st Asia Pacific Scout Camp & Hostel Management Workshop1996
Asia-Pacific Seminar for Adult Resources Committee Chairmen & Executives2001
20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, Chonburi Province28 December 2002 - 7 January 2003
4th ASEAN Scout Jamboree in Sriracha, Chonburi Province27 November 2013 - 4 December 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Thai Scouting". Thaiscouting.com. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 

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