International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe
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HeadquartersChâteau-Landon, Seine-et-Marne,  France
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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 otters. 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, the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Laity granted the organization five year recognition status as a Private International Association of Faithful of Pontifical Right,[3][5] and, in 2008, it granted the organization a Decree of recognition.[6]


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

[7] 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 180 full member
Belarus Katalickija Skautki i Skauty FSE – Belarus 250 300[8] full member
Belgium Guides et Scouts d'Europe - Belgique (GSE-B) /
Europascouts en Gidsen - België (ESG-B)
1963 1,700 full member
Canada Association Evangelique du Scoutisme au Quebec (AESQ) (Protestant) associated

The United States of America

Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) (Catholic) 1999 1100 candidate
Czech Republic Asociace skautek a skautů Evropy (ASSE) 180 candidate
France Association des Guides et Scouts d'Europe (AGSE) 1958 33,000[9] full member
Germany Evangelische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (EPE, Protestant) 1977 100 associated
Germany Katholische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (KPE) 1976 2,400 full member
Republic of Ireland Guides and Scouts of Europe – Ireland[10] 2019 80 observer[11]
Italy Associazione Italiana Guide e Scouts d'Europa Cattolici (AIGSEC-FSE) 1976 19,500 full member
Lithuania Lietuvos Nacionalinė Europos Skautų Asociacija (LNESA) 1992 200 candidate
Luxembourg Europa Scouten vu Lëtzebuerg 2016 230 candidate
Mexico Movimiento Scout Católico Mexicano 2011 400 observer
Netherlands Europascouts en Gidsen Nederland 2014 100 candidate
Poland Stowarzyszenie Harcerstwa Katolickiego - "Zawisza" FSE (SHK Zawisza FSE) 1982/1990 5600 full member
Portugal Associação das Guias e Escuteiros da Europa - Portugal (AGEEP) 1979 120 full member
Romania Cercetaşii Creştini Români din Federaţia Scoutismu-lui European (ACCR-FSE) 1991 250 full member
Russia ORYuR/Организации Российских Юных Разведчиков – The Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders 1990 80 associated
Slovakia Združenie Katolíckych Vodkýň a Skautov Európy na Slovensku (ZKVSES) 2003 250 full member
Spain Asociación Española Guías y Scouts de Europa (AEGSE) 1978 1000 full member
Switzerland Schweizerische Pfadfinderschaft Europas (SPE, German)
Scoutisme Européen Suisse (SES, French)
Scautismo Europeo Svizzero (SES, Italian)
1977 850 full member
Ukraine Katolickije Skautsvo Evropi 1997/2011[12] 220 candidate
United Kingdom Guides and Scouts of Europe - U.K. 2014 observer

(Source: UIGSE-FSE, 24 November 2018)

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

Beyond these organisations, the UIGSE-FSE maintains good relations with several other scout organisations or small scout realities in different countries on an informal basis.[7] UIGSE units also operate in the Republic of Ireland, United States, Argentina.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Union of European Guides and Scouts". Zenit. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ "FSE Alsace Geschichte". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Scouting for Alternative to Video Games". Zenit. Innovative Media Inc. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ Girard, Carolyn (22 May 2009). "Catholic scouts celebrate 10 years". The Catholic Register. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "International Union of European Guides and Scouts European Scouting Federation". Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. Vatican. Retrieved 11 May 2018. On 26 August 2003 the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition of the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe - Fédération du Scoutisme Européen as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right.
  6. ^ Josef Clemens. "About Us | Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE)". Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE). Retrieved 11 May 2018. In answer to your letter dated January 12th 2008, and at the end of the period of approval ad experimentum of the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe – Fédération du Scoutisme Européen (UIGSE-FSE), the Pontifical Council for the Laity, noticing the precious contribution brought by the Union in the field of youth pastoral, is happy to send you, attached, the Decree of recognition of the UIGSE-FSE and a copy of this decree, duly certified by this Dicastery.
  7. ^ a b "Pays membres de l'Union des Guides et Scouts d'Europe | Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Гісторыя беларускага скаўтынгу". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Une assemblée générale pleine d'émotion ! - AGSE". AGSE (in French). 31 May 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Guides and Scouts of Europe - Ireland". facebook. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Welcome, Ireland!!!". UIGSE-FSE. Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d'Europe. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Хто ми - Федерація скаутів Європи в Україні". Федерація скаутів Європи в Україні. Retrieved 24 November 2018.