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SCOUTING IN GERMANY

Scouting in Germany.... In Germany there are about 40 different Scout-Organizations. Three of them belong to the WOSM, which are the BdP (Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder), VCP (Verband Christlicher Pfadfinder) and DPSG (Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft St. Georg).

RING DEUTSCHER PFADFINDER-VERBÄNDE

German Scout Federation

Scouting was officially founded in 1910 and recognized for membership in the World Bureau (WOSM) in 1950. At the end of 1998, there were 133,942 registered Scouts.

Scouting in the Federal Republic of Germany, is characterized by the patrol projects, or enterprises, which are used as a fundamental part of the Scout method. There is also much emphasis on social involvement and coeducation activities. Scouting for the physically and socially disadvantaged children is well developed.

There are three German Scout Associations and they all maintain close contact with other Scout Associations in Europe. There is particularly strong cooperation with France. The Associations are also supporting the rebirth of Scouting in East Germany.

From their own educational standpoint the three Associations influence youth policies in Germany. Their social commitment is expressed through assistance to developing countries, environmental conservation and work with handicapped young people and with foreigners living in Germany.

German Scouts have recently built a community development center in Bolivia, housing a Scout headquarters, leader training facilities, mechanical and carpentry workshops and other important services.

German Scouts have built other training centers in Africa and Latin America during the past 10 years. German Scouts have had partnerships with many Scout Associations in developing countries and have set up exchange programs with them.

German Scouts have also taken part in a project; "Water for the Sudan", project within the framework of International Youth Year to provide hand water pumps for 100 Sudanese villages. With UNICEF help an information kit was prepared explaining the problems of malnutrition and infectious diseases caused by dirty water. An international camp in observance of IYY was also held in Germany.

There is well thought out cooperation between Guides and Scouts in all three Associations and in all age sections.

VERBAND CHRISTLICHER PFADFINDERINNEN UND PFADFINDER (VCP)

Christian Guide and Scout Association

This is a Protestant Association. In sharing Christian understanding of openness, freedom and love, the Association is open to girls and boys of all faiths. Most of the groups at all levels are coeducational. All leader training is carried out on a coeducational basis.

Based on the gospel of Jesus, great emphasis is placed on environmental and inter-cultural education, international relations and education for peace.

There is a broad range of activities that are organized mainly on a county level. These include working with handicapped young people, promoting the rights of children in society, community service, education for peace, environmental education and support of special projects in developing countries.

Decision-making is democratic through a system which offers members at all levels real opportunities to express their opinions. All members are therefore well represented in the main decision making process at annual general meetings.

There are 47,000 members in more than 600 groups.

Program Sections:

 Kinder/ Cubs- ages 7 to 10

 Pfadfinder/ Pfadfinderinnen-Scouts/ Guides- ages 10 to 15

 Rovers/ Rangers-ages 15 to 18

All sections except Kinder/Cubs are for both boys and girls.


Scout Motto :

Be Prepared


Scout Oath:

On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law.


Scout Law:

A Scout's honour is to be trusted

A Scout is loyal

A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others

A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout

A Scout is courteous

A Scout is a friend to animals

A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leaders or Scoutmaster without question

A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties

A Scout is thrifty

A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed

Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg (DPSG}

The DPSG was founded at 7th Oct. 1929. In 1931, the DPSG had 9,000 members. The DPSG worked on the ideals of BP. From 1933 - 1938, the DPSG had to fight against oppression through the Hitler Regime. Some of their members were killed. In 1938 , the DPSG was banned by the government. Some Scouts didn't join the HJ (Hitlerjugend/Hitler youth) which adapted the methods and outfit of Scouting but had absolutely different goals! These Scouts worked in the underground until 1945. In 1950, WOSM accepted for membership the RdP (Ring Deutscher Pfadfinder, which today consists of BdP, VCP, DPSG). Since this time the DPSG works actively in Scouting and now has about 100,000 members and is the largest German Scouting organization.

The DPSG consists of about 1,400 units called "stammme". Normally, groups meet once per week and participate in several camps during the year.


Program Sections:

Woelfling- ages 8 - 11 years

Jungpfadfinder- ages 11 -13 years

Pfadfinder- ages 13 -16 years

Rovers- ages 16 - 21 years

Scouts older than 18 can become Leaders


Scout Motto :

Be Prepared


Scout Oath:

On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law.


Scout Law:

A Scout's honour is to be trusted

A Scout is loyal

A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others

A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout

A Scout is courteous

A Scout is a friend to animals

A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leaders or Scoutmaster without question

A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties

A Scout is thrifty

A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed

BUND DER PFADFINDERINNEN UND PFADFINDER (BdP)

The Guide and Scout Union follows the tradition of the German interdenominational Scout Movement (founded in 1911) and the Girl Guide Movement (founded in 1912). It resulted from a merger of the German Guide Union and the Scout Union on January 1, 1976. The association is open to boys and girls of all spiritual convictions.

Scouting within the association is dedicated to life in nature and a consciousness of the social community as well as such activities as sports, craftsmanship and fine arts. Children are given the possibility to develop their own abilities and knowledge and to learn from each other. The group social life, which includes the handicapped and the children of migrant workers, encourages cooperation, tolerance, solidarity, acceptance of responsibility, decisions by consensus and activities.

Every four years the association holds a national jamboree, which is an occasion for meeting foreign Scout groups. These jamborees each have a central theme, which gives them their character.

In the 1980s, the concern about ecological matters was reinforced. One major project. The Ecological Way, required all groups to recognize and take responsibility for nature and the environment in practical ways.

Program Sections:

Wolflinge- 7-11 years. Boys and girls. Playing is the focus of their activities, using cooperative games where nobody loses and everyone has fun.

Scout/Guide- 12-16 years. Boys and girls participate in hikes, camps, travel and are introduced to the many outdoor activities in groups called "sippe". These young people are encouraged to a growing independence and self-reliance.

Rovers/Rangers- For those over 16 years both boys and girls. They are self-supporting in their activities. They are active environmentally and in the community.

The BDP is active in their support of the Eastern Europe Scout movements and camps for children affected by the war in Croatia.


 Motto:

Allzeit Bereit……….Be Prepared


 

Scout Oath:

Ich will, im vertrauen auf gottes hilfe, nach den regein der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder mit euch leben.

I trust in God's help to live by the rules of the Scouts and Guides.


 

Scout Law:

Ich will den anderen achten

Ich will zur Freundschaft aller Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder beitragen

Ich will aufrichtig und zuverlaessig sein

Ich will kritisch sein und verantwortung uebernehmen

Ich will schwiergkeiten nicht ausweichen

Ich will die natur kenneniernen und helfen, sie zu erhalten

Ich will mich beherrschen

Ich will dem frieden dienen und fuer die gemeinschaft einsetzen, in der ich lebe

I will to respect others

I will contribute to the friendship of all Guides and Scouts

I will be honest and reliable

I will be responsible

I will not avoid difficulties

I will care for nature and preserve it

I will have control of myself

I will serve peace and do my best for the society in which I live

 This information was obtained from the BDP, DPSG, VCP, The German Scout Federation and WOSM.

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Last updated on 7/98