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Scouting in France


This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson nelsonb@nospam.aztec.asu.edu, Soaring Golden Eagle eagle@rangernet.org and Alan Houser troop24@emf.net with numerous contributions by others.

Scouting in France

In France, there are about 80 scouting organizations. Here are the
descriptions of the main French organizations.

1) Scouting organizations to the Federation du Scoutisme Français
(french scouting federation) which is the only belonging to WOSM :

1-1 Scouts de France : Catholic, co-educated (since 1982), 100'000
people (+ 15'000 adults) in 1300 scout groups, belonging to CICS
(Conference Internationale Catholique du Scoutisme)
* 5 ages :
6-8 years old : Sarabandes (beavers), they wear brown jumpers
8-12 years old : Louveteaux & Louvettes, they wear yellow shirts
11-15 years old : Scouts & Scoutes, they wear blue shirts
14-18 years old : Pionnier & Pionnieres, they wear red shirts
17-21 years old : Compagnons, they wear green shirts
* Structure :
France is divided into 21 Regions. A Region consists of 4-5
Departemental Collectivities called CoDeps. And finally CoDeps are
divided into Groups with 1 or 2 of Meutes (Cub Packs), Troupes (Scout
Troops), Postes (Venture Scout Units) or Relais (Rover Units).
* History :
Scouts of France organization was created on 25 July 1920 by Jacques
Sevin and Father Cornette.
* Website : http://www.scouts-france.fr

1-2 Guides de France : Catholic, girls only, 25'000 people, belonging to
WAGGGS and CICG (Conférence Internationale Catholique du Guidisme)
* Age range :
6-8 years old : Farandole
8-12 years old : Jeannettes (Brownies), they wear light blue shirts
12-14 years old : Guides, they wear dark blue shirts
14-17 years old : Caravelles, they wear red shirts
17-20 years old : Jeunes en Marche (JEM), mixed, wear green shirts.
* Structure :
It is the same as Scouts of France.
* History :
Guides of France organization was created on 1923.
* Website : http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/GuidesDeFrance

1-3 Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses de France (EEDF) : 10'000 people, laics,
* Ages : as in Scouts of France
* History : created in 1911
* Website : http://www.eedf.asso.fr

1-4 Eclaireurs et Eclareuses Unionistes de France (EEUF) : 10'000
people, protestant origin but open to everybody, mixed
* Ages : 8-12, 12-16, 16-18
* History : created in 1911

1-5 Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Israelites de France (EEIF) : 5'000
people, Jewish.
* History : created in 1923
* Website : http://persoweb.francenet.fr/~eeif

1-6 Scouts Mulsulmans de France : Muslims, created in 1990.

2) Organizations not belonging to Federation du Scoutisme Français and
thus not recognized by WOSM (but got the french government's approval) :

2-1 Guides & Scouts Unitaires de France : 25'000 people, catholics, boys
& girls, not mixed.
* Ages : 8-12, 12-18.
* Structure : SUF has a very different structure from the other
scouting organizations. Scout groups are almost independent.
* History : Scouts Unitaires de France organization was created on
1971 by indepedent scout groups.

2-2 Federation des Scouts d'Europe (FSE) : 31'000 people, religious,
sometimes paramilitaristic and integrist tendencies, boys and girls not
* History : Federation des Scouts d'Europe was created on 1963
after a secession in the Scouts of France organization.
Today this organization is said to be by religious people.
At this time, FSE has many problems with
the French youth ministry: it may lose the government's approval
because they are said to have sold their members lists to extremist
groups (which they deny).
* Website : http://www.sjoa.com/agse


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