Scouting and Guiding in Finland
One of the most characteristic features of scouting in Finland is that scouting of both boys and girls is done in most cases in common local groups. Another feature is that in many cases the Finnish Evangelical-Luthern Church is supporting groups. In addition supporting group can be a private society.
Almost every local groups in Finland are members of Scout Districs and, by that, are members of the national organisation "Suomen Partiolaiset, Finlands Scouter" ("Scouts and Guides of Finland"), SP in Finnish, FS in Swedish. SP for its part is a member of both WOSM and WAGGGS.
Scouting came to Finland in year 1910. In the beginning girls and boys practised together, on common local groups. In the 1920s local groups were formed on separated groups for girls and boys- basis. When SP was formed, scouting came back to "co-scouting". Still today there are some local groups that are for boys or girls only.
Special characteristic about scouting in Finland
- Half-platoon tent (Puolijoukkueteltta): A Finnish military tent that is very suitable for scouting too
- Väiski- calotte: A blue-white calotte used in the summer-time. Model is an ancient Finnish. It is told that B-P himself was amused by seeing these caps on the first Jamborees.
- Woggle: In Finland the Gilwell Woggle is given to a person that has carried out the Scout Leader's Elementary course. This differs from practise used in many other countries where you have to be carried out the Gilwell-course before you'll get the leather Woggle.
- Local groups use their own emblems in their scarfs, flags etc.
- http://www.partio.fi : web- pages of the "Suomen Partiolaiset" (Guides and Scouts of Finland)