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Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides

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Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides
Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides
Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides
Headquarters 5 Shanan St.
Location Cairo
Country Egypt
Membership 166,598
President Ahmed Abdel-Latif Ahmed

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The Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides (EFSGG, الاتحاد العام للكشافة والمرشدات) is the national Scouting and Guiding federation of Egypt. Scouting was founded in 1914 and was among the charter members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922, while nominally independent from Britain. Guiding started in 1913 and became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1931. The EFSGG serves 74,598 Scouts (as of 1989) and 92,000 Guides (as of 2003).

The first Scout group was founded in Alexandria, brought to Egypt by the British during their occupation.

Most Scout troops are associated with schools, clubs, mosques and churches. Rover units are associated with high schools and universities. Egyptian Scouts play an important role in community service. They are involved in projects of desert reclamation, work camps, blood drives, medical care and other projects.

Scouts are offered vocational training and the skills needed to help develop communities. Scouts learn the importance of planting trees where firewood is scarce, building energy efficient stoves and making good use of their skills of carpentry, electricity and plumbing.

Mohamed Ali Hafez served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1957 until 1963 and again from 1965 to 1971.

In 1965, Mr. Hafez 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 Mr. Aziz Osman Bakir in 1971, Mr. John M. Lioufis in 1978, and Mr. Gamal Khashaba in 1982.

Structure and program

The EFSGG has four central associations:

Each of these central association has a correspondent regional association in the 26 governorates of Egypt; a coordination committee in each governorate organizes the activities and the cooperation between the associations.

  • The Girl Guides association has three age divisions:

The Cairo International Scout Center is a lavish six-floor building next to Cairo International Stadium that welcomes all Scouts, nonScout organizations and individual guests. The home of the Arab Scout Region, it hosts both conference areas and hostel quarters. In addition, Egypt has a national Scout center, El-Seleen.

The Scout Motto is Kun Musta'idan or كن مستعدين, translating as Be Prepared in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is Kashaf or كشاف in Arabic.

International Scouting units in Egypt

In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in Cairo and Alexandria, linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world.

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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

Members of the Arab Region of WAGGGS

Full members: Bahrain | Egypt | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Oman | Qatar | Sudan | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | Yemen
Associate members: Mauritania
Countries working towards WAGGGS: Iraq | Palestine