South Tyrolean Scout Association
|Chief Scout||Michael Ganthaler (chairman), Sabine Feichter (2nd chairman), P. Peter Unterhofer (curate)|
The Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft (Template:Lang-en), abbreviated as SP, is the Roman Catholic Scout association of the German minority of the Italian province of South Tyrol (also referred to as Alto Adige or Südtirol, i.e. South Tyrol). The association is coeducational and has 600 members in seven troops. It is affiliated to the Associazione Guide e Scouts Cattolici Italiani (AGESCI). The association owns two campsites in the province.
Scouting within the German-speaking minority grew out of Roman Catholic youth groups (Katholische Jungschar). In 1969-1970 Scouting became a part of the programme of these groups. A pioneer of Scouting was the priest Dean Georg Peer. He participated in seminaries of the Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg (DPSG) and included Scouting in leadership trainings of Jungschar afterwards. The first Scout groups affiliated to Katholische Jungschar-Südtirol were founded between 1969 and 1972. The oldest Scout group of the Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft is in Bruneck, founded in 1969 as Jungscharscouts. In 1972 eighteen Scout leaders took part in different training courses of the DPSG. On April 25, 1973 the Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft was established as an independent association.
In 1997 it became part of AGESCI. Scouts and Guides of the Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft took part in the 20th World Scout Jamboree and in the 21st World Scout Jamboree. Scouts and Guides of the Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft often take part in camps and training courses in other German-speaking countries (for example in 2003 in the Free Life Jamboree in Austria or in 2006 in the National Jamboree of Liechtenstein). The Südtiroler Pfadfinderschaft is member of the Deutschsprachige Konferenz der Pfadfinderverbände.
The Peace Light of Bethlehem is distributed by the association in the province of South Tyrol. Since 1991 the Peace Light of Bethlehem has been passed on to the Scout association at a ceremony in Brenner together with Austrian Scouts and Guides from Tyrol. The distribution of the Peace Light of Bethlehem is always combined with a fundraising campaign. In 2007 it was for handicapped children in Indonesia.
The units of the association helps to maintain Tyrolean traditions such as the fires at the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
- Ages 8–11: Wölflinge (Cub Scouts)
- Ages 11–14: Jungpfadfinder (Scouts)
- Ages 14–16: Pfadfinder (Senior Scouts)
- Ages 16 and older: Rover (Rover Scouts)
Other Scouting units in South Tyrol
There are units of AGESCI and Corpo Nazionale Giovani Esploratori ed Esploratrici Italiani, especially in the cities of Bolzano and Meran. The Movimento Adulti Scout Cattolici Italiani serves adult Scouts in Bolzano and Meran. The Scout Group Merano 3 is affiliated to Associazione Italiana Guide e Scouts d'Europa Cattolici della FSE.
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