International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe

International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe
Headquarters France
Country see table
Founded 1956[1]
Membership 65,000
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.[2]


The Catholic Scouting tradition was started by Father Jacques Sevin, Count Mario di Carpegna, professor Jean Corbisier and others.[3] The Federation of Scouts of Europe (FSE) was founded in Europe in 1956 as a Catholic Scouting European organization in Cologne, Germany.[1][4] 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 statute adopted its current name and acknowledged its "belonging to the Catholic Church".[1] 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.[3]


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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Member organizations

Associations of other churches or ecclesial communities may be accepted by the UIGSE-FSE council as associate members.[1]

Country Association founded Members Status
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
Brazil Exploradores do Brasil - Escoteirismo Católico 380 contacts
Bulgaria Сдружение на Европейските Ровери в България/Association of European Rovers in Bulgaria (UERBG) contacts
Canada Association Evangelique du Scoutisme au Quebec (Protestant) associate candidate
Canada and United States 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
Holland Europascouts Nederland 2014 observer
Hungary Magyarországi Európai Cserkészek (MECS) 1990 200 candidate
Italy Associazione Italiana Guide e Scouts d'Europa Cattolici (AIGSEC-FSE) 1976 20,000 full member
Latvia Katoļu Gaidu un Skautu Organizācija observer
Lithuania Lietuvos Nacionalinė Europos Skautų Asociacija (LNESA) 1992 300 candidate
Mexico Movimiento Scout Catolico Mexicano (MSCM) 2011 contacts
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) (Greco-Catholic, Roman Catholic and Orthodox) 1991 500 full member by 1996
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
Sweden FSE Europaspejarna Jakobsberg observer
Switzerland Schweizerische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (SPE, German)
Scoutisme Européen Suisse (SES, French)
Scautismo Europeo Svizzero (SES, Italian)
1977 250 full member
United Kingdom and Ireland Guides and Scouts of Europe - U.K. - Ireland 2014 observer
Ukraine Katolickije Skautsvo Evropi observer

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

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Union of European Guides and Scouts". Zenit. June 5, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. "FSE Alsace Geschichte". Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Scouting for Alternative to Video Games". Zenit. Innovative Media Inc. March 6, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. Girard, Carolyn (May 22, 2009). "Catholic scouts celebrate 10 years". The Catholic Register. Retrieved October 16, 2015.

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