A chronology of the crisis

Last modified January 10, 2011

2007

October 15
A group of 8 NSOs (National Scout Organizations) writes an open letter to all other NSOs asking for reforms in governance.
(download it from this blog)

October 16
Lars Kolind, recently appointed Chairman of the Board of the WSF (World Scout Foundation) writes to Herman Hui, Chairman of the WSC (World Scout Committee) to announce it is stopping its payments to WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
(download it from this blog)

October 17
BSA (Boy Scouts of America), one of the above signatories, writes to the World Scout Committee saying it is suspending its payments, unless the reforms requested in the above letter are implemented at once and Eduardo Missoni, SG (Secretary General) of WOSM resigns.
(download it from this blog)

October 18
The WSC Chairman informed NSOs of the actions undertaken by WSC
(document not available)

October 19
The open letter is circulated again in a revised form. Six countries add their signature, Japan withdraws it. The rest is unchanged.
(download it from its original source)

October 20
Svenska Scoutrådet, the Swedish NSO, one of the signatories of all letters, sends a letter to Herman Hui announcing its suspension of payments, asking for the removal of the Secretary General and a review of governance.
(download it from this blog)

In the following days it issues a communiqué which restates the requests in the open letter, and also complains about lack of implementation of resolution 17 of the 2007 European Scout Conference.
(download it from its original source)

October 24
The World Scout Committee writes a detailed response to the open letter, addressing all concerns in it. It is approved almost unanimously, the only member opposing it is Wayne Perry (from the Boy Scouts of America). Herman Hui, however, chooses not to send this letter to all NSO.
(download it from this blog)

November 2
The World Scout Bureau issues circular 33/2007 informing all NSOs of the situation. It announces a WSC meeting for November 12 in Cairo. The circular is published on the web site.
(download it from its original source)

November 7
FIS (Federazione Italiana dello Scautismo), the Italian NSO, issues a communiqué to its member associations to describe the current situation and actions being undertaken. In particular, FIS (among with other NSOs) is asking to anticipate the date of the 2008 World Scout Conference. This will require 53 signatures.
(download it from its original source)

On the same date, Scoutisme Français, the French NSO, issues an appeal to other NSOs to preserve the unity of the movement, stating that money is a means and not a goal.
(download it from its original source)

November ?
Scouts de Bolivia, the Bolivian NSO, issues a statement deploring the actions of BSA and WSF, and supporting Eduardo Missoni.
(download it from its original source)

November 9
The president of DPSG, one of the associations belonging to RdP (the German NSO) says that they sent a letter to WOSM requesting a statement on the allegations in the open letter and stating that non-payment of fees and grants is no adequate mean on solving such issues.
(download it from its original source)

The NSO of Belgium, Spain and Italy publish a Manifesto asking to stop all decisions under criticism and for a World Conference to be convened as soon as possible.
(download it from this blog)
(also available in Spanish)

November 12
The World Scout Committee meets in Cairo. Missoni is fired. The next day, Herman Huy issues a communiqué.
(download it from this blog)

A draft of the account of the meeting circulates unofficially:
(download it from its original source)

This is what Eduardo Missoni wrote to members of the WSC on the occasion:
(download it from this blog)

Meanwhile, Asociación Peruana de Escultismo, a small organization not belonging to WOSM, issues its communiqué.
(download it from its original source)

November 14
WOSM publishes circular 34/2007 with the results of the WSC meeting.
(download it from its original source)

November 15
DPSG and VCP, two German associations belonging to RdP, the national federation, issue similar communiques:
(download the DPSG document from its original source)
(download the VCP document from its original source)

November 18
Eduardo Missoni writes to Herman Hui to complain about misrepresentations of the WSC meeting contained in circular 34:
(download it from this blog)

November 21
FIS issues another communique to its members, informing them of the situation and of the actions it took.
(download it from this blog)

November 22
Just before the InterAmerican regional conference, Eduardo Missoni sends a message to all participants:
(download it from this blog)
(also available in Spanish)

November 25
Eduardo Missoni doesn’t attend the InterAmerican regional conference. Instead, he sends a personal message to be read to all participants:
(download it from this blog - only in Spanish, unfortunately)

November 30
On his last day as Secretary General, Eduardo Missoni issues a press release on his personal web site (http://www.eduardomissoni.net/)about his dismissal:
(download it from this blog)
(also available in Spanish)
(also available in Italian)
He also publishes many interesting documents.

December 4
Eduardo Missoni sends a letter to all NSOs and all partners of scouting
(download it from this blog)
(also available in Spanish)
(also available in Italian)

On his blog, he also publishes a more detailed response, which addresses in full all the points raised by the dissenting NSOs.
(download it from this blog)

December ?
The documents on Eduardo Missoni’s web site disappear. We later publish them using copies downloaded before their disappearance.

December 19
The World Scout Bureau issues circular 39/2007 informing all NSOs about progress on the governance issue. A meeting of NSOs will convene in Paris on 15-17 February 2008 to discuss the issues which will be discussed at the conference in Korea. The circular is published on the web site.
(download it from its original source)

December ??
The World Scout Bureau issues circular 40/2007 (without date) to present to all NSOs the accounts and balance sheet for 2006. The circular fully explains the delays in its presentation, and reports that the auditing firm approved the balance, and that it showed good management practices which also led to significant savings on expenses. This circular seems to debunk some of the complaints of the “open letter”.
(download it from its original source)

2008

January ??
The World Scout Bureau issues circular 1/2008 (without date) to report on the work status of the Governance Review Task Force.
(download it from its original source)

February 15-17
Representatives of 41 NSOs met in Jambville, near Paris.
(read a post on this issue)


If you are looking for French language versions of most of these documents, see “La chronologie de la crise

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  1. Comment by mrtnale:

    Thanks a lot for your work in giving us sources and documents.
    Currently i’m not able to download the October 16 WSF letter to WSC (whereas all the other documents are accessible). There are technical problems? Will the letter be available in future?
    Thanks again.

    Posted on 16 November, 2007 @ 1:22 am
  2. Comment by Save Scouting:

    There appears to be a problem with this hosting service… the letter was there all the time, simply most of the time it was unaccessible…

    I’m committed to keeping all documents available.

    Try downloading it from http://savescouting.1sthost.org/documents2/WSF%20letter%20WSC%20chair%20Herm.pdf instead of http://savescouting.1sthost.org/documents/WSF%20letter%20WSC%20chair%20Herm.pdf

    Feel free to post your comments on this or any other document!

    Posted on 16 November, 2007 @ 5:01 am

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