18-22 and 25-29 August 2021


Virtually everywhere around the world

42nd World Scout Conference

14th World Scout Youth Forum


To registration opening

About the events

Shaping the future of the World Scout Movement

In August 2021, the 42nd World Scout Conference and 14th World Scout Youth Forum will bring together delegations from 172 National Scout Organizations and global partners to shape the future of the world’s leading educational youth movement. 

The World Scout Conference and Youth Forum will be the largest ever convened in the event’s 100-year history, and will provide a platform for up to 3,500 participants to play an active role in shaping the standards, policies and shared goals of the Scout Movement worldwide.

The theme “Bridging the World” challenges young people and participants to build bridges in their communities and across borders between National Scout Organizations, emphasising the need to work together to put our planet on a path towards peace and sustainability.

Connect around the world

Experience the Events Virtually

The virtual World Scout Youth Forum and Conference events will offer a positive and engaging experience for all participants. A virtual conferencing platform will connect delegates together and allow participants to be directly involved in discussions and decision-making opportunities from anywhere in the world. 

Access workshops, plenaries, social events, pre-engagement sessions and on-demand content through a connected experience while networking with Scouts and global partners from around the world to gain new insights and inspiration. Technical support will be provided to delegations before and during the events to ensure participants have equal access.

Latest event details

Key event information and updates

Referendum approval

Please read the Circular for full details on the referendum approval to convene the World Scout Youth Forum and Conference events virtually.

Read about the referendum put forward to National Scout Organizations in January 2021 on the modality of the events.

Rules of procedure

The virtual convening of the 42nd World Scout Conference will observe the agreed Rules of Procedure.

Draft agenda overview

View the high-level agenda and programme content being planned for the virtual events, and share your input.

Getting ready

Make the most of your experience by using the tools and resources developed to prepare your delegation for different elements of the events.

Provisional agenda

Preview the provisional agenda to learn about the programme for the events, including opportunities to experience the unity of the Scout Movement, take part in key decisions for World Scouting, and connect with fellow Scouts from around the world.


Shape the future of World Scouting by contributing to discussions about the  proposals with other delegates and sharing your feedback through the collaboration tools.

Participant experience

Explore the virtual event features and learn more about the participant experience.


Latest News

20 May 2021

Exhibitions area showcases Scouting around the world

17 May 2021

Registration is now open for the Conference and Youth Forum

17 May 2021

Prepare your delegation for the virtual World Scout Conference and Youth Forum

17 February 2021

Approval of the Referendum for the 42nd World Scout Conference and 14th World Scout Youth Forum

20 January 2021

National Scout Organizations invited to vote on delivering the World Scout Conference and Youth Forum virtually

2 October 2020

New dates announced for World Scout Conference and Youth Forum

Get ready to attend

Registration now open!

Get ready to join us for the virtual 14th World Scout Youth Forum and 42nd World Scout Conference. International Commissioners can register their NSO delegations free of charge to receive all the latest news and information about the events, and get access to the digital participation platform to be part of the action