International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe

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Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe
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Headquarters France
Country see table
Founded 1956
Membership 65,000
Federal Commissioner Martin Hafner
Federal President Nicoletta Orzes
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The International Union of the Guides and 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.[1]

Member organizations[edit]

Country Association founded Members Status
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)
1963 1,200 full member
Canada Association Evangelique du Scoutisme au Quebec (Protestant) candidate
Canada[2] 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 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)
1977 250 full member
Ukraine Katolickije Skautsvo Evropi observer
United States[2] Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE, Roman Catholic) 1999 800 observer

Organizations need at least 200 members to become a full member of the UIGSE.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FSE Alsace Geschichte". Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b The Federation of North-American Explorers is the North American member association of the UIGSE-FSE and has groups in Canada and the United States.

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