For the first time in its 86-year-history, the world Scouting movement elected a woman to its top decision-making body Wednesday.
Jocelyne Gendrin of France was among seven people elected to the 14-member World Scout Committee during the Bangkok meeting of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Others elected were from Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Senegal and Mexico.Worldwide, more than 24 million boys and girls are members of the movement that aims to prepare them for the moral and civic responsibilities of adulthood.
More than 1,140 adult Scout leaders from 105 countries are attending the five-day meeting.
Gendrin joined the Scout movement at 12, and currently is international commissioner, or top officer, of the national scout association of France.