Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo
The Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo (FESCO), the national federation of eleven Scouting organizations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was founded in 1924, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) first in 1963 and again in 1981. The coeducational Fédération des Scouts de la République démocratique du Congo has 71,433 members as of 2004.
Scouting was banned in the Congo in 1967 by the government, and was restarted in the late 1970s. In 1981, the Organisations des Eclaireurs du Zaïre (OEZA) was readmitted to the WOSM. In 1990, the OEZA changed its structure and was renamed in Fédération des Scouts du Zaïre (FSZ), the direct predecessor of the present FESCO.
The FESCO consists of eleven regional national Scout associations, reflecting the structure of the country. There was a general meeting in 2004 of all the Scout Associations with the intention of helping pave the way for creating a single national Scout association.
The federations works in four branches:
- Louveteaux (Cub Scouts) - ages 6 to 12
- Scouts - ages 13 to 17
- Aînés (Senior Scouts) - ages 18 to 20
- Routiers (Rover Scouts) - ages 20 to 25
The Scouts are service oriented. They are a non-denominational organization and open to all youngsters. Scouts have promoted primary health care and community development. Scouts have built bridges and buildings, repaired schools, cleaned dispensaries and organized hygiene and nutrition campaigns.
Among the regional members of FESCO are:
"Working towards WAGGGS membership" is an official status by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts acknowledging the development of an association. As of 2005, the Association des Guides du Congo has this status.
- Informations on the FESCO, its pedagogy and history (French)
- Informations on the Association des Scouts du Sud-Kivu (French)
- Informations on the Association des Scouts du Nord-Kivu (pdf) (French)
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