Scouting and Guiding in France

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The Scout movement in France consists of about 80 different associations and federations with about 180,000 Scouts and Girl Guides.[1] Next to Germany, France is the country with the most fragmented Scout movement.

According to French law, all youth organizations working on the national level can be recognized by the Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports (Minister of Youth and Sports). Only nine of the above mentioned 80 organizations have this status. The vast majority is non-recognized associations: their operation is not illegal under French law, but State doesn't help it.

National recognized organizations

The national recognized organizations are grouped in two federations and one independent organization.

Fédération du scoutisme Français

French Scouting uniform (Scouts de France)

The Fédération du Scoutisme Français (Federation of French Scouting) is the national member of both the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The federation has about 120,000 members grouped in five co-educational associations.

Scoutisme Français was founded in 1940, with the help of Vichy regime, by the Eclaireurs de France, the Eclaireurs Unionistes de France, the Scouts de France, the Guides de France, the Eclaireurs Israélites de France and the Fédération française des éclaireuses.

The Members of the federation are:

Conférence Française de Scoutisme

The Conférence Française de Scoutisme (French Conference on Scouting) has about 35,000 members grouped in three co-educational associations:

Scouts unitaires de France

The Scouts Unitaires de France (Unitary Scouts of France) were founded in 1971 in reaction to a pedagogic renewal within the Scouts de France splitting the former Scout troops (unités) in two new sections and implementing coeducation. The association is Catholic and counts about 23,000 members.

Regional or local recognized organizations

There are at least 50 independent Scouting associations in France outside the above mentioned federations. Most of them are recognized by regional or local authorities, some via religious communities. They have an estimated membership of about 5,000 Scouts and Guides.

Notable among them are:

  • Association Française de Scouts et Guides Catholiques (Traditionalist Catholic)
  • Scouts de Doran (Split-off of the former, Catholic), working towards national recognition
  • Scouts et Guides Godefroy de Bouillon (Traditionalist Catholic, with connections to the Society of St. Pius X)
  • Ecuyers Saint-Michel (Fencing Scouts)
  • Fédération du Scoutisme Evangélique Français (Protestant). Affiliated are a number of smaller associations.

Old Scouts

The Fédération des Associations d'Anciens du Scoutisme (FAAS) is the national member of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship.

The Members of the federation are:

  • Les Amitiés de France Anciens Scouts et Guides (ADF)
  • Association des Anciens Éclaireurs et Éclaireuses (A.A.E.E.)
  • A3-Association des Anciens et Amis des Éclaireurs et Éclaireuses Israélites de France
  • Les Tisons, Anciens des Éclaireurs et Éclaireuses Unionistes
  • Réseau des Parents et Amis des Guides et Scouts de France[2]

International Scouting units in France


File:Fédération Française des Éclaireuses.svg
Fédération Française des Éclaireuses (FFE), an all-girl neutral Girl Scouts federation, dissolved in 1964

At the end of 1937, France sent Scoutmaster Raymond Schlemmer to the Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese areas of Indochina to oversee the setting up of the Fédération Indochinoise des Associations du Scoutisme (FIAS, Indochinese Federation of Scouting Associations) in all three regions.

See also


The French language knows two words both for Boy Scout and Girl Guide/Girl Scout. Boy Scout is translated as scout in Catholic and Muslim associations, and as éclaireur in Protestant, Jewish and interreligious associations. Girl Guide/Girl Scout is translated as guide in the Catholic associations, and as éclaireuse in Protestant, Jewish and interreligious associations.


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  4. "Overseas Committees". Girl Scouts of the USA. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
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  13. "Russian Scouts-Scouts Russes" (in French, Russian). Scouts Russes. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
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