International scouting (Sweden)
Carl Persson (carl@SMAB.SE)
Tue, 1 Nov 1994 08:35:23 +0100
There has been a discussion on the list about the dominans of the BSA.
Some of you has asked about information from other contries.
So here i a breif explaniation. on scouting in Sweden.
In Sweden there are five different scout organiations which togheter
form the Swedish Scout Council. The scout council is our port to the world,
all international matters handled trough this organisation.
The organisations are the swedish scoutorganisation ( no connection
to a mother organisation), The temperance scout organisation ( mother-
organisation IOGT), the YMCA/YWCA scout organisation ( motherorganisation
YMCA/YWCA), The Salvation Army scout organisation(mother organisation
Salvation army and finally a christion scout organiastion, i dont now the
english term ( mother organisation a free church SVENSKA MISSIONSFORBUNDET)
All the organisation have mixed scouting for boys and girls and there
is no rules for the sex of the leaders, altough we all try to be both
male and female leaders in the groups.
The age groups are
Beaver 6- 7 years only som local units have these group.
Minior 8- 9 years
Junior 10-11 years
Patrol 12-16 years
Senior 17-18 years
Leader 19- years
The age limits for the older vary little between the different organisations.
Swedish scouting is much concentrated on living in the outdoors and
backpacking because we have lots of nature to be in in Sweden.
We also have a very strong international invovlment. The goal fro ther organisations is
that every scout shall once go to an international camp. The scoutcouncil also makes campes
in other contries so that swedes can go abroad.
We are also doing a lot to help scouting in Latvia.
Please feel free to send more specific questions.
Yours in scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City