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Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais

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Membership badge of the Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais

The Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais (إتحاد كشاف لبنان), the national federation of several Scouting organizations of Lebanon, was founded in 1912, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1947. The coeducational Fédération du Scoutisme Libanais has 14,270 members as of 2004.

History

Scouting was introduced in Lebanon by two teachers, Abdul Satar and Abdul Jabar El Kliairi. They came to Lebanon from England in 1912 and established the first Scout troop in the school where they worked. This troop had lots of activities later including a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where they met the Ottoman sultan (head of state). Members of this troop played a great role in spreading Scouting in Lebanon and other countries.

After Lebanon gained its independence in 1943, Scouting spread rapidly, to cover every part of the country.

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Lebanese stamp from 1974, 11th Arab Jamboree

During the years of war in Lebanon, Scouts, from all association played an important role in helping civilians. They distributed food, medicine, and other forms of aid to refugees. Some Scouting associations formed First Aid groups that helped the wounded. Scouts also participated in peace campaigns to help put an end to that war. It is worth mentioning that during the war, Scouts from all sides of the conflict remained brothers and remained in contact with each other. Their unity was a good example for all Lebanese. All this helped create a good image for Scouting in Lebanon. People here tend to respect Scouts and encourage their children to join the Scouting movement.

Today, years after the war had ended, Scouting in Lebanon still faces great tasks. Lebanon is now involved in a large reconstruction plan aimed to erase all the effects of the war and to enable it to regain its advanced role in the world. This has already begun. The role of Scouting is to erase the effects of the war from the minds of the people who lived through it. Scouts are promoting the ideas of peace and unity through campaigns and summer camps, especially for children.

In 1973, Mr. Mohamed el-Hibri was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting. Other recipients include Dr. Farid Karam in 1977 and Rashid Shoucair in 1981.

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Lebanese stamp from 1974, 11th Arab Jamboree

Members of the federation

Reliable data on the current member organizations of the federation is not available. Some sources mention only one member organization, the Scouts de l'Indépendance - Independence Scouts[1]. Other sources[2] describe up to 26 associations that may have been or are members of the federation.

According to different sources, the following organizations are members of the federation:

  • Eclaireurs du Liban - Lebanese Scout Association [3]
  • Les Scouts du Liban - The Scouts of the Lebanon [4]
  • Scouts de l'Indépendance - Independence Scouts [5]
  • Scouts du Lycée National - The Lycée National Scout Association [6]
  • Scouts National Orthodoxe - National Orthodox Scout Association [7]

Scout Motto

The Scout Motto is Kun Musta'idan or كن مستعدين, translating as "Be Prepared" in Arabic; Misht Badrast, translating as "Always Ready" in Armenian; and Toujours Prêt, translating as "Always Prepared" in French. The noun for a single Scout is Kashaf or كشاف in Arabic.

References

  • Scouting 'Round the World, John S. Wilson, first edition, Blandford Press 1959.

See also

External links

Members of the Arab Scout Region

Full members: Algeria | Bahrain | Egypt | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Mauritania | Morocco | Oman | Palestine | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Sudan | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | Yemen
Potential members: Iran | Iraq | Syria