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Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon

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Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon (The Guides and Scouts of Norway) is the national Scouting and Guiding federation of Norway and was founded in 2003. It took over the WOSM membership of Norges Speiderforbund and the WAGGGS membership of the Fellesrådet for speiderpiker i Norge. Speidernes Fellesorganisasjon serves 18,818 Scouts (as of 2004) and 14,273 Guides (as of 2003).

The federation has actual two independent member associations:

Norway is divided in geographical districts containing Scout groups.

Scouting was founded in 1911 and recognition by the World Bureau in 1922. Norway was a founding member of the World Bureau. There are about 30,000 registered members in all sections.

The program is based on four areas of activities arranged according to various degrees of difficulty and giving the Scouts and Guides to choose freely. The areas are friendship, outdoor life, practical knowledge and quality of life.

Sea Scouting is very popular. Many groups own their own boats and follow programs based on life on the sea. Scouts inland, participate in canoeing and were among the pioneers in bringing kayaking to Norway.

The program during the winter is based on snow activities. Skiing and camping in snow caves are among the popular activities.

Scouts and Guides who are handicapped are included in local groups whenever possible.

During the fall each year, a campaign is launched to earn money doing odd jobs. Money earned from these projects are used to financially assist developing Scout Associations. Norwegian Scouts have assisted their brother and sister Scouts in Tanzania, El Salvador, Brazil and Egypt.

Program sections

  • Flokk/Cubs-ages 7 to 11
  • Scouts-ages 11 to 16
  • Rovers-ages 16 to 20

The troop is divided into patrols with 5-8 Scouts.

Scout Motto

Alltid Beredt, Always Prepared.

Scout oath

I tro på Guds hjelp lover jeg å tjene Gud og mitt land, hjelpe andre og alltid leve etter Speiderloven.
In the belief of God's help, I promise to serve God and my country, help others and always live by the Scout Law.

Scout Law

  • En Speider er åpen for Gud og hans ord.
  • En Speider kjenner ansvar for seg selv og andre.
  • En Speider er hjelpsom og hensynsfull.
  • En Speider er en god venn.
  • En Speider er ærlig og pålitelig.
  • En Speider kjenner naturen og verner om den.
  • En Speider tenker og handler selvstendig og prøver å forstå andre.
  • En Speider gjør sitt beste I motgang og vansker.
  • En Speider er nøysom og prøver å klare seg selv.
  • En Speider arbeider for fred og forståelse mellom mennesker.
  • A Scout is open for God and His word.
  • A Scout takes responsibility for him-/herself and others.
  • A Scout is helpful and considerate.
  • A Scout is a good friend.
  • A Scout is honest and reliable.
  • A Scout knows nature and protects it.
  • A Scout thinks and acts independently, he also tries to understand others.
  • A Scout does his/her best in resistance and difficulties.
  • A Scout is understanding and tries to manage alone.
  • A Scout works for peace and understanding between people.

In 1985, Dr. Gisle Johnson 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.

Emblems

International Scouting units in Norway

In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in Oslo, and Norway is in a peculiar position (as is Russia), as American Scouts there may be linked either to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world, or to the Horizon District of the Transatlantic Council, which supports units in west-and-central Europe, the Near East and North Africa, at the discretion of the individual pack or troop.

See also

External links

References

information obtained from WOSM reports and Norwegian Scout groups' websites, and Marte Faeroe, a Norwegian Brownie leader and Ranger, who translated the Scout Oath, Scout Law and Scout Motto from Norwegian to English.