Heliand Scouting

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The Heliand Boy Scout Association (HP) is an evangelical scout association in Hesse . She sees herself in the tradition of the international scout movement and the German youth movement , although she is not a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement .

The HP is written as a work area of ​​the Evangelical Youth Organization Hessen eV (EJW Hessen). It has around 350 members in 17 clans (community groups).

History of Scouting

The origins of HP lie in the Frankfurter Bibelkränzchen (BK), founded by Albert Hamel in 1898, which organized camps as early as 1901 and introduced stylistic elements such as hats and belts and the sport of javelin. In 1911 a separate scout department was founded. She belonged to the newly formed German Boy Scout Association , which established the Boy Scout Movement in Germany founded by Baden-Powell in England .

The BK scouts joined the Christian Scouts (CP) in 1923 under the direction of Paul Both , but they consciously stood out from it with their own costume . In 1932, the Frankfurter Bibelkränzchen merged with the YMCA and the Wartburg Association there and founded the Evangelical Young Men Association (EJW) Frankfurt. Since the CP emphasized its independence more strongly at this time and became independent from the church work in some places, the EJW scouts left the CP in 1932 and formed their own scout organization under the name Eichenkreuz Stormschaft. This was transferred to the Hitler Youth in September 1933 with the hope that youth missionary penetration of the HJ groups in Frankfurt would be possible. However, this turned out to be a failure at the latest with the general integration of Protestant youth in December 1933. After the church youth work was restricted by the Nazi regime, a separate workforce was set up in 1934 to maintain the youth work of the EJW. In 1937 Haus Heliand in Oberursel -Oberstedten was created as a separate leisure and training home and from the innermost leadership circle the Heliand brotherhood. In 1943, after a few critical lines in a soldiers' circular, Paul Both was arrested for undermining military strength . After six months in prison, he was released seriously ill.

After his recovery, Paul Both brought together the surviving members of the brotherhood in 1946 and re-established the EJW and the scouting body under the name Heliand scouting. The EJW joined the YMCA-Westbund in 1954 . When Paul Both died in 1966, his long-time deputy Karlheinz Hahn became the new director of the youth organization. Great democratic changes were now pending, and in the following years leadership responsibility was increasingly transferred to the circle of tribal leaders and the "great circle of leaders" of all group leaders.

In 1971, the EJW began working with girls and subsequently changed its name to "Evangelical Youth Organization Hesse". But it was not until 1989 that the Heliand Girl Scouting Association (now the Heliand Girl Scouting Association ) was created, a girls' association belonging to the EJW Hessen, which works closely with the Heliand Scouting Association.


Unlike in other scouting bodies, the term of the clan in the Heliand scouting body stands for the groups of a community. The tribe refers to an amalgamation of several clans in a region.

As a member of the EJW Hessen, the Heliand Scouting Association is responsible for scouting youth work in an otherwise non-scouting association.

The name Heliand refers to the Old Saxon Gospel Harmony of the same name from the 9th century.


rank particularities
Newbie From receiving a green shirt
Wolfling Receives a yellow scarf
Squire Receives a blue scarf
Scout Get a lily for the JuJa,

Epaulettes in tribal color and a patch for the traditional shirt

scout Receives a rust-brown scarf


  • Stefan Wiesner (Ed.): Traces of color: Pictures from the life of the Heliand scouting community . Evangelisches Jugendwerk Hessen, Frankfurt am Main 2002
  • Stefan Wiesner (Ed.): The ways are far: 50 years of Heliand scouting; 1946-1996 . Evangelisches Jugendwerk Hessen, Frankfurt am Main 1996

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