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Representatives from 92 countries kick off international scout meeting

BY STAFF WRITER

The 12th World Scout Moot began in Taipei yesterday, with over 2,500 youths from scouting organizations in 92 countries gathering to discuss international cooperation and community development.

"This event will allow Taiwan's youth to become more international. It will widen their worldview and let them develop an understanding of international perspectives," said Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), an honorary board member of the Scouts of China.

Scout associations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Guides/Girl Scouts have long been known for their community-based activities for youths and for their emphasis on character and values development. According the Web site of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, an umbrella organization for scouting there are over 28 million scouts in over 216 countries and territories across the world.

Taiwan's major scouting organization, the Scouts of China, was established in 1912 and became part of the international scouting community in 1937.

The organization sponsors youth programs for children and young adults from six to 26 and its nationwide membership comes in at 70,000.

The international conference for young adult members of scouting organizations is conducted once every four years by the World Organization of the Scout Movement in cooperation with a local host.

This year's conference, which will end Aug. 10, is the first of its kind to be held in Asia and is being organized by the Scouts of China.

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