Afghan Scouts

Afghan Scouts84

Scouting in Afghanistan has a history that goes back to 1931 under the founding leadership of King Nadir Khan. The Afghan Scouts grew and flourished until the Soviet Invasion of the late 70’s, when conflict and successive wars saw the program diminish into nonexistence.

In 2008 PARSA initiated a campaign to support the reestablishment of the Afghan Scout Movement by receiving permission from the government to start Scout troops in national orphanages.  PARSA was able to receive donor funding to establish a Scout department, and PARSA hired Scout Masters who were involved in establishing a grassroots effort to restart the national Scout Movement.  These Scout Masters reconnected with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and received training and support from mentors in the WOSM Asia Pacific region. The PARSA Afghan Scout National Training Center was established and PARSA developed a strategic campaign to reestablish a nation-wide and community-based volunteer Afghan Scout Movement.

To Learn More:

Visit the Afghan Scout’s Official Website.

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Watch this video to learn more about PARSA’s Afghan Scouts:

PARSA’s Afghan Scouts in 2014

Over the course of the last five years PARSA staff has grown the Afghan Scouts program to establish troops in 14 provinces with over 1803 registered youth: 40% girls and 60% boys.  Activities include weekly meetings, community service projects, a merit badge program that now includes 11 activities badges conceived by our senior Afghan Scout Masters, and a Scout Master training program conducted in partnership with WOSM which permits our volunteer Scout Masters to earn WOSM certification.

PARSA staff has provided critical leadership in the rebirth of the Afghan Scout movement, finding donors who will sponsor Scout troops and buy uniforms for children, hosting training programs for Scout Masters, advocating for the Volunteer Scout Association and monitoring the expanding program to make sure all youth activities are consistent with the Afghan Scout philosophy.

In the next five years, PARSA and the Afghan Scout leadership want to make Afghan Scouts membership available to youth in every province of Afghanistan. PARSA will continue to focus on making the Scouts program available to vulnerable Afghan youth, support the training of Afghan Scout Masters, and assist the growth of the Volunteer Scout Association so that Afghanistan can once again become a part of the World Scout Association.  PARSA has also launched a new program called Voice of Afghan Youth that will create radio and TV programs to be aired across the country and spread the youth message and the Scouting Movement. PARSA is committed to this opportunity to help Afghan communities develop strong youth leaders who will contribute to rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Visit the Afghan Scout’s Official Website.