Founded July 1, 1911
Founder King Vajiravudh
|Location 154 Vajiravudh House, Rama I, Wangmai, Pratumwan, Bangkok 10330|
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) and is open to boys and girls.
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, but it was more likely fourth. King Rama VI brought back the idea of Scouting from Great Britain where he studied.
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 exceptional services to Scouting. Recipients and the year they received the Bronze Wolf are: Abhai Chandavimol (1971), Chitra Dansuputra (1976), Kong Visudharomn (1980), and Bhethai Amatayakul (1984), and Bhumibol Adulyadej (2006).
Scouting and schools
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.
Thai youth are normally placed in a Scouting program based on the school grade they are in, not their age. These are also open to both boys and girls.
Sea Scouts are supported by the Royal Thai Navy and Air Scouts by the Royal Thai Air Force.