Scouterna - The Swedish Guides and Scouts
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1910 - Founder Member of WAGGGS
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 51718 (01/01/2003)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
Box 420 34
SE 126 12 STOCKHOLM
- Svenska Scoutförbundet (SSF)
- SMU Scout (SMU-S)
- Kfuk Och Kfums Scoutförbund (KFUK-KFUM)
- Frälsningsarméns Scoutförbund (FA)
- Nykterhetsrörelsens Scoutförbund (NSF)
Jag lovar att efter bästa förmåga följa scoutlagen.
I promise to do my best to follow the Scout Law.
1 En scout visar vördnad för Gud och hans ord.
2 En scout är ärlig och pålitlig.
3 En scout är vänlig och hjälpsam.
4 En scout visar hänsyn och är en god kamrat.
5 En scout möter svårigheter med gott humör.
6 En scout lär känna och vårdar naturen.
7 En scout känner ansvar för sig själv och andra‡.
‡The word ‘andra’ (others) is a Swedish expression for society, and the clause as a whole means responsibility to the communities in which we live.
1 A Scout seeks his/her faith and respects the faith of others.
2 A Scout is honest and reliable.
3 A Scout is friendly and helpful.
4 A Scout is considerate to others and trustworthy as a friend.
5 A Scout faces difficulties without complaining.
6 A Scout learns about nature and is concerned with its conservation.
7 A Scout feels responsibility for herself and others.
En miniorscout vill vara ärlig och hjälpsam och göra sitt bästa.
A Minior Guide is honest and helpful and tries to do her best.
Var redo - Be Prepared - Always prepared!
Senior Guide 15-18
(called Ranger Guide by the Swedish
YWCA-YMCA Guides and Scouts)
Junior Guide 10-11
Minior Guide 8-9
Beaver Guide 6-7
(not all units have Beaver Guides)
Development of the movement:
The first groups of Guides were formed in Sweden as early as 1910, and by 1913 the foundations of Swedish Guiding had been laid.
The Swedish Guide and Scout Council (Svenska Scoutrådet)
The Council is a co-operative body for the Swedish Guide and Scout Associations. Over the years it has developed co-operative bodies for Scouting in Sweden and, after the merge to co-educational Associations, a joint committee was formed in 1968 from these two bodies – the Swedish Guide and Scout Union, with the working title The Swedish Guide and Scout Council. In 1982 the name was changed to be solely The Swedish Guide and Scout Council.
The Swedish Guide and Scout Council deal with most international matters, as well as joint questions and projects concerning the five Associations. The Council also represents Swedish Guiding and Scouting in the World Association and other member countries, as well as other organizations and authorities. It is also responsible for maintaining contact with the public and publishes the magazine ‘Redo för Scouting.’
Units are usually open to both boys and girls. The programme is divided into four age groups, its aim is individuality and projects are based on the principles of individual development. The planning of programmes and activities has been influenced by the structural changes which have taken place in Swedish society and there is an increased emphasis on adult education, nature conservation and ecology.
Members with special needs are also integrated into companies and packs if possible, and the Association has units for members with special needs.
Relationship to society:
The Swedish Guide and Scout Council encourages participation in schemes to help community development. Members have raised funds for community projects in Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, as well as contributing financially to research work on disabilities, and helping to fund the opening of special homes and schools.
Communication and Co-operation
Since the beginning of the nineties, the Swedish Guide and Scout Council have had an active link with the Guide and Scout Movement in Latvia. Through this project they hope to create possibilities for contacts between local groups in Sweden and Latvia, and to work together with programmes, training and organization.
The Council has contacts with organizations which work on similar projects including the Svenska Kyrkans Unga (Youth of the Swedish Church) and Sveriges Kyrkliga Studieförbund (The Swedish Church Association for Education), Svenska Röda Korset (Swedish Red Cross), Rädda Barnen (Swedish Save the Children), as well as UNHCR in Sweden.
Leadership training is carried out at local, regional and national levels.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
Outdoor activities play an important role in Swedish Guiding and Scouting. Many groups own forest huts and these are used by Guides and Scouts on weekends. Guides and Scouts are trained in tracking and orienteering, skills which are essential for survival in Swedish forests. Summer camping is also very popular, and camps vary in size from 20 participants to several thousand. In 2001, the first national Jamboree ‘scout 2001’ was organized involving all associations. 25,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world gathered at this event. Camps are also organized for the disabled