Scouting and Guiding in Germany

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The Kohte, the typical black tent of German Scouting

The Scout movement in Germany consists of about 150 different associations and federations with about 260,000 Scouts and Guides.

Scouting in Germany started in 1909. German Scouting later became involved with the German Youth Movement, of which the Wandervogel was a part. German Scouting flourished until 1934-35, when nearly all associations were closed and their members had to join the Hitler Youth. In West Germany and West Berlin, Scouting was reestablished after 1945, but it was banned in East Germany until 1990 in favor of the Thälmann Pioneers and the Free German Youth. Today it is present in all parts of the unified Federal Republic of Germany.

German Scouting associations

Singing Girl Guides of the Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands

As mentioned above, today about 150 Scouting associations and federations exist in Germany. Most of them are coeducational, but there are also some single-sex organizations - boys-only as well as girls-only. The most important and/or largest associations and federations are:

Ring deutscher Pfadfinder*innenverbände (World Organization of the Scout Movement and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts member), a federation of

International Scout and Guide units in Germany

A large number of international Scout and Guide units from different countries are active in Germany. Most of them developed on military bases, but there are also some at international schools or connected to diplomatic missions. The majority of international Scout and Guide groups dates back to the Allied occupation of Western Germany following World War II. The small remainder were started recently.

Among the foreign associations in Germany are

There are also other foreign Scout associations active in Germany, mostly with single troops (e.g. Organization of Russian Young Pathfinders and Plast).

The Dansk Spejderkorps Sydslesvig offers Scouting to the Danish minority of Southern Schleswig in Schleswig-Holstein. It is affiliated to the Danish Det Danske Spejderkorps as well as to the German Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder and has about 700 members in 15 troops.

See also


  1. "Erziehungsschwerpunkt: Empathie statt Egoismus-Pfadfindergemeinschaften in Deutschland" (in German). 3sat. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-04.  }
  2. "Inhalt" (in German). Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  3. "Pfadfinden wird 100 Jahre jung" (in German) (PDF). Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  4. "Der Verband" (in German). Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  5. "Selbstdarstellung des DPV" (in German) (PDF). Deutscher Pfadfinderverband. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  6. "Wir über uns" (in German). Royal Rangers Deutschland. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  7. "Christliche Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder der Adventjugend" (in German) (PDF). CPA Reutlingen. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  8. "Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands" (in German). Christliche Pfadfinderschaft Deutschlands. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  9. "Katholischer Fundamentalismus: Pfadfinder auf Abwegen" (in German). Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 

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