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The Scout movement, also known as Scouting or the Scouts, is a voluntary non-political educational movement for young people open to all without distinction of gender, origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder, Lord Baden-Powell. The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. During the first half of the twentieth century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups 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). It is one of several worldwide youth organizations.

In 1906 and 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, a lieutenant general in the British Army, wrote a book for boys about reconnaissance and scouting. This book, Scouting for Boys, was based on his earlier books about military scouting, 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. In mid-1907 Baden-Powell held a camp on Brownsea Island in England to test ideas for his book. This camp and the publication of Scouting for Boys (London, 1908) are generally regarded as the start of the Scout movement.

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Sturmtrupp-Pfadfinder was a small Scout association in Germany active from 1926 to 1934. It was the first Scout association in Germany to admit boys and girls. It was interdenominational and politically neutral. Since 1923, there had been Scout groups within the International Organisation of Good Templars (IOGT) in Germany. There was a strong influence from the Neupfadfinder, which was a group of German and Austrian Scouters and Scouts, who tried to modernize Scouting under the influence of the Wandervogel movement and of the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift. The Sturmtrupp-Pfadfinder continued the traditions and style of the Neupfadfinder, after the Neupfadfinder and other groups of the German Youth Movement founded the Deutsche Freischar. In 1934, the last meeting of the association took place. Shortly after, the voluntary liquidation followed, the equipment and the Scout houses were destroyed, so that the Hitler Youth was not able to take them. Remnants of the movement remain today.

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Four German Kohte
Four German Kohte. A Kohte is a German Scout tent based on the shape and function of the Saami (Laplander) tipi-like reindeer skin tent.

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Current Scouting Collaboration
Current article Walter Scott, Jr.
Prior article Girl Scout Senior Roundup
Next article chosen TBA
Date of next change December 01, 2016

Did you know...

...that there are more than 150 different Scouting and Guiding organizations in Germany?

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Scouting news

  • July 6, 2014: The 35th World Conference of WAGGGS welcomes the Myanmar Girl Guides as an associate member of WAGGGS. Armenia, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Guinea and Mongolia become full members; Uruguay lost its membership. Full story

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Alexander Lion a Jewish surgeon, who converted to Catholicism at age 16, who was the co-founder of the German Scout Movement along with Maximilian Bayer. In March 1908 Lion read an article in The Times entitled "Scouting as a Sport" and in August he began corresponding with Robert Baden-Powell Shortly after Lion wrote his first article about Scouting in the magazine "Ärztliche Rundschau". During a month long study tour of England in 1909 he spent three days in London with Baden-Powell. Following this meeting he set up the German Scout movement, writing the book "Das Pfadfinderbuch", (the Scouting book). He was awarded the Iron Cross while serving as a surgeon in World War I. The Nazis considered him a Jew and sentenced him to 10 months in prison for "treasonous" Scouting activity. He was denounced during World War II but survived and was instrumental in getting Scouting restarted after the war.



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