International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe
|International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe|
|Federal Commissioner||Martin Hafner|
|Federal President||Nicoletta Orzes|
The International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe - Federation of Scouts of Europe (Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe, UIGSE; also known as Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe – Fédération du Scoutisme Européen, UISGE-FSE, or simply as Fédération du Scoutisme Européen, FSE) is a traditional faith-based Scouting organization with 20 member associations in 17 European countries and also in North America (Canada and the United States), serving roughly 65,000 members. The organization, headquartered in France, was founded in 1956 by a group of German and French Roman Catholic Scoutmasters as a faith-based Scouting movement, in order to reconcile the European peoples in the aftermath of the Second World War.
In the Member organizations both boys and girls can be members, but are strictly separated in all age groups, except sometimes in the Beavers. Member organizations are preferably single faith, local groups must be single faith, most are Roman Catholic.
The Confederation of European Scouts (CES) is a split off of the UIGSE, it left after controversies about the importance of religious elements in the single associations' programs and co-education.
The Catholic Scouting tradition was started by Father Jacques Sevin, Count Mario di Carpegna, professor Jean Corbisier and others. The Federation of Scouts of Europe (FSE) was founded in Europe in 1956 as a Catholic Scouting European organization in Cologne, Germany. From 1962 to 1968 under the direction of Perig and Lizig Géraud-Keraod, the FSE revised the association's constitution, drafted the Charter of the Natural and Christian Principles of European Scouting and drafted a new federal statute. The statue adopted its current name and acknowledged its "belonging to the Catholic Church". In 2003, five year recognition status as a Private International Association of Faithful of Pontifical Right was granted to the organization by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Laity.
The UIGSE governing organization include a federal council, a federal bureau and a federal commission. The federal council is made up of member associations representatives and meets yearly to make changes in the programs and the guidelines, determining addition or expulsion of member associations, adopt the organization budget and appointment of federal bureau members and other committees or working groups.
The federal bureau consists of the president, the vice president, and the secretary of the federal council plus the federal commissioner. Consultative voting members of the bureau are the spiritual advisor (ecclesiastical assistant) and the deputy commissioners. General management is handled by the bureau.
The Commission is the day to day management of the organization headed by the federal commissioner. The organization publishes Nouvelles de notre Fraternité, a quarterly newsletter and Lettre aux Commissaires généraux, a quarterly liaison newsletter.
Associations of other churches or ecclesial communities may be accepted by the UIGSE-FSE council as associate members.
|Albania||Udhëhequset dhe Skautistet e Europes||1996||contacts|
|Austria||Katholische Pfadfinderschaft Europas - Österreich (KPE-Ö)||1981||100||full member|
|Belarus||Katalickija Skautki i Skauty FSE – Belarus||115||observer|
|Belgium||Guides et Scouts d'Europe - Belgique (GSE-B) /
Europascouts en Gidsen - België (ESG-B)
|Canada||Association Evangelique du Scoutisme au Quebec (Protestant)||associate candidate|
|Canada & USA||Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE, Roman Catholic)||1999||800||observer|
|Czech Republic||Asociace skautek a skautů Evropy (ASSE)||50||contacts|
|France||Association des Guides et Scouts d'Europe (AGSE)||1958||26,600||full member|
|Germany||Evangelische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (EPE, Protestant)||1977||300||full associate member|
|Germany||Katholische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (KPE, Roman Catholic)||1976||2,500||full member|
|Hungary||Magyarországi Európai Cserkészek (MECS)||1990||200||candidate|
|Italy||Associazione Italiana Guide e Scouts d'Europa Cattolici (AIGSEC-FSE)||1976||20,000||full member|
|Lithuania||Lietuvos Nacionalinė Europos Skautų Asociacija (LNESA)||1992||300||candidate|
|Poland||Stowarzyszenie Harcerstwa Katolickiego - "Zawisza" FSE (SHK Zawisza FSE)||1982/1990||3311||full member|
|Portugal||Associação das Guias e Escuteiros da Europa - Portugal (AGEEP)||1979||200||full member|
|Romania||Cercetaşii Creştini Români din Federaţia Scoutismu-lui European (ACCR-FSE) (Roman Catholic and Orthodox)||1991||500||full member|
|Russia||ORYuR/Организации Российских Юных Разведчиков – The Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders||1990||2,500||observer|
|Slovakia||Združenie Katolíckych Vodkýň a Skautov Európy na Slovensku (ZKVSES)||2003||observer|
|Spain||Asociación Española Guías y Scouts de Europa (AEGSE)||1978||500||full member|
|Switzerland||Schweizerische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (SPE, German)
Scoutisme Européen Suisse (SES, French)
Scautismo Europeo Svizzero (SES, Italian)
|Ukraine||Katolickije Skautsvo Evropi||observer|
Organizations need at least 200 members to become a full member of the UIGSE.
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