The International Central Committee of Vietnamese Scouting (ICCVS) is a non-profit organization that serves to integrate both the Vietnamese Boy and Girl Scouts communities. It seeks to preserve Vietnamese traditions and culture while adapting to the current needs in the Vietnamese Scouting community.
Scouting in Vietnam was established in 1930 and grew exponentially in the next four decades. At the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese Scouting Movement ceased to exist as the communist regime seized its headquarters. Many scouts and leaders fled to other countries in search for freedom. Amidst the hardship faced by all Vietnamese refugees, scouting units were once again shortly re-established in refugee camps to continue their humanitarian tasks and educational efforts.
In 1983, ICCVS was formally established after the Scouting convention held in Costa Mesa, California. There are five countries with strong presence of Vietnamese Scouting: the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany and France. Specifically in the United States, Vietnamese Scouting is divided into four operating regions, which report to ICCVS: the Eastern, Central, Northwestern, and Southwestern regions.
Today, there are more than 6,000 Vietnamese scouts registered in over 80 different Vietnamese Scouting groups (Multi-level units also known as Liên Đoàn) across the world (excluding Vietnam). Since 1983, ICCVS has successfully organized 11 International Jamborees in an effort to unite all Vietnamese scouts to share their culture and most memorable scouting experiences.
Our Scout Motto is Sắp Sẵn
(Translated: Be Prepared)
Our Scout emblem incorporates the red lotus, the National flower
To preserve and promote the Vietnamese tradition, kinship and cultural heritage through the scouting movement
Vietnamese Leaders' Conference in Costa Mesa, USA - July 3, 1983
Hội nghị Trưởng tại Costa Mesa, Hoa Kỳ - Ngày 3 tháng 7, 1983