Scoutisme Béninois, the national Scouting organization of Benin, was founded in 1932, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1964 under the previous name Dahomey. The coeducational Scoutisme Béninois has 6,334 members as of 2004.
In 1977, Ernest Mehinto 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.
All boys and girls are welcome to join Scoutisme Beninois. At the Cub and Rover levels, the units are coeducational.
Scouts carry out literacy campaigns and offer courses in childrearing. They are involved in community projects such as digging wells, anti-malaria campaigns, building village schools and developing modern farms where children may spend several weeks learning to read and grow food.
The Market Center of Ouidah, which was established by the Scouts more than 20 years ago, trains young people in agricultural skills, thus helping to reverse the exodus towards the cities. Benin Scouts have also engaged in a cattle farm project in the southern forest region of the country, raising healthy cattle despite the threat of disease spread by tsetse fly.
A workshop has been held on "New Energies". As a result, Scouts are now building and showing others how to build cooking stoves that use 90 percent less fuel than open fires.
- Louveteaux/Louvettes-ages 6 to 12
- Eclaireurs/Eclaireuses-ages 11 to 16
- Compagnons/Compagnes-ages 15 to 19
- Routiers/Guides-ages 18 to 35
The Scout Motto is Sois Pret, Be Prepared.
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