Scouts of Greece
|Σώμα Ελληνων Προσκόπων|
Soma Hellinon Proskopon
Scouts of Greece or Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Σώμα Ελληνων Προσκόπων, ΣΕΠ) is the national Scouting association of Greece. Scouting in Greece started in 1910 and was among the charter members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922. The association has 15,687 members (as of 2004). The majority of members belong to the Christian Orthodox Church. However, boys and girls of all religions and ethnic groups, residents of Greece, are welcome to become members.
During the 1908 Summer Olympics, in London, Athanasios Lefkaditis, a young physical education teacher, observed with interest the British Scouts' service and activities at the Games. He met with Robert Baden-Powell and shortly after, introduced Scouting in Greece in 1910. Ever since, Scouts of Greece has been active in social welfare and relief activities during natural disasters such as great fires and earthquakes.
The Scouts of Greece program is based on the Scout method principles that children can more easily acquire skills through experience than through structured training. They young people plan their own progressive development by choosing from a great variety of programs and activities according to their needs and interests.
In 1963, Mr. Alexatos 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 Scouts Association of Greece recipients include Demetrios A. Macrides in 1967 and Leonidas J. Skyrianidis in 1974.
Greek Scouting Abroad
Scouts of Greece is also active in Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. These groups form a special region within Scouts of Greece's structures.
- "Programme of the 6th Greek Scout Leaders’ Conference". Scouts of Greece. http://www.sep.org.gr/domi/program_sunedrio.pdf. Retrieved 2007-02-24.