Scout Movement Information

semPATA News | Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society.

Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books, with influence and support of Frederick Russell Burnham (Chief of Scouts in British Africa), Ernest Thompson Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, William Alexander Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson. During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls (Brownie Guide, Girl Guide and Girl Scout, Ranger Guide).

The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports. Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable head wear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges and other patches.

Scouts of the World Discovery and Trainer's Seminar at KISC: 30 August - 4 September, 2010

Two events to support the development of the Scouts of the World Award will take place in Kandersteg International Scout Centre from 30 August to 4 September 2010. A Scouts of the World Discovery will be organised for Scouts aged 15-26 years old in the area of environment/sustainable development, and in parallel there will be a seminar for Rover Scout Commissioners and Trainers who are interested in developing Scouts of the World in their Associations. The seminar for Commissioners and Trainers will cover all three aspects of the Scouts of the World Award – peace, environment/sustainable development and community development.
Scouts of the World Discovery The aim is to offer a Scouts of the World Discovery to young adults who are interested in working in the area of environment/sustainable development to achieve their Scouts of the World Award. Kandersteg is a SCENES centre and has a well-developed programme on environment education and sustainable development. The event will enable young people to explore issues related to the environment/sustainable development and develop the knowledge and skills to plan a project related to the environment in their home location.

It is important that the participants are from Scout associations that are currently offering Scouts of the World Aware as part of their Youth Programme or are working with Rover Scout Commissioners to develop the Scouts of the World Award in their national association.

This event is open to Scouts aged 15-26 years of age. Scouts under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by and adult over 18 years of age

Scouts of the World Award Seminar for Commissioners and Trainers

The aim is to offer Commissioners and Trainers an opportunity to look in detail at the requirements for the Scouts of the World Award and develop an understanding of the resources, knowledge and skills that are required to support the delivery of the Scouts of the World within the Youth Programme of an association. This event will run in parallel with the Scouts of the World Award Discovery so that the Commissioners and trainers can experience the practical implementation of the Scouts of the World Discovery.Commissioner and Trainers are welcome from NSOs that have adopted the Scouts of the World Award and those who are considering adopting this as part of the Youth Programme for Scouts aged 15-26 years.

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