|Founded on the Christian Roots of Europe
VATICAN CITY, 5 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
International Union of European Guides and Scouts
— European Scouting Federation which appears in the Directory of
International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical
Council for the Laity.
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Official name: International Union of European Guides and Scouts
— European Scouting Federation
Acronym: UIGSE-FSE (Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe
— Federation du Scoutisme Europeen)
Also known as: CES
Confederation of European Scouts
History: UIGSE-FSE was founded in Cologne, Germany, by young German and
French scout leaders as an international association with the purpose of
practicing scouting within the framework of a European ideal whose roots
lie in Christianity.
Governed by a federal statute and a constitution which still form the
basis of agreement and cooperation among Christians of different
denominations within the same federation, the union developed throughout
Europe between 1962 and 1968 under the leadership of a French couple,
Perig and Liziz Geraud-Keraod.
It was in those years that the constitution was revised, incorporating
much of the Scouts' Catholic Charter which was approved by the Holy See;
the drafting of the Charter of the Natural and Christian Principles of
European Scouting signed by the federated associations; the drafting of
a new federal statute which adopted the present name, reaffirming its
belonging to the Catholic Church.
As a nongovernmental organization, the association has consultative
status with the Council of Europe. On Aug. 26, 2003, the Pontifical
Council for the Laity decreed recognition of the Union Internationale
des Guides et Scouts d'Europe Federation du Scoutisme Europeen as an
international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The purpose of UIGSE-FSE is to bring together in the same
community of faith, prayer and action, the national associations that
strive to prepare and educate young people through the practice of the
traditional scouting of Baden-Powell, on the Christian bases which form
the foundations of European civilization.
It views scouting as a means of performing the apostolate in the Church,
and therefore as a tool for providing Christian instruction for men and
women practicing the Gospel values in their service to the world. The
member associations faithfully adhere to the legacy of the founders of
Catholic scouting, which comprises the Scout Law, Promise and
Guides and scouts, which constitute distinct and separate units,
constitute a single movement within the life of the union/confederation
in its spirit and management. The educational basis of scouting using
the "troop system" is used by all the member associations, which work on
the basis of the guidelines laid down in the Charter of the Natural and
Christian Principles of European Scouting.
Organization: UIGSE-FSE is managed by a federal council, a federal
bureau and a federal commissioner.
The federal council which comprises representatives of the member
associations, meets every year to lay down the programs and the
guidelines for the union's work, deciding on the admission or exclusion
of associations, adopting the federal budget, and electing members to
the federal bureau and other working groups or committees.
The federal bureau deals with the day-to-day management of the
federation and comprises the federal commissioner, the president, the
vice president, and the secretary of the federal council. The spiritual
adviser (ecclesiastical assistant) and the federal commissioner's
co-workers attend the meetings of the bureau with a consultative vote.
Consistent with the principles of the Catholic Church on ecumenism,
UIGSE-FSE accepts associations belonging to other churches and ecclesial
communities as associate members.
Membership: UIGSE-FSE has a membership of about 52,000, and 19 member
associations (including one Lutheran, one Orthodox, one Calvinist and
one evangelical) in 15 countries in Europe and North America.
Publications: Nouvelles de notre Fraternité, a quarterly newsletter;
Lettre aux Commissaires généraux, a quarterly liaison newsletter. The
member associations also have their own national publications.
Web site: www.scouts-europe.org
Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe
11, Grande Rue
Tel. and Fax (33) 1-6074.2820